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Top dogs: Chris Lines indicates what position he'd like to finish in as he sets his sights on overhauling Charlton at the top of League One
Top dogs: Chris Lines indicates what position he'd like to finish in as he sets his sights on overhauling Charlton at the top of League One
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midfielder Chris Lines is challenging Sheffield Wednesday to catch table-topping Charlton Athletic and go up as champions of League One.

The second-placed Owls are seven points adrift of the Addicks, who have been beaten just once in 19 outings.

Wednesday are just one point clear of Huddersfield, who were beaten for the first time in the league in 2011 by Charlton last week, three in front of in-form MK Dons and four ahead of Sheffield United.

Central midfielder Lines is urging Gary Megson’s troops to keep on churning out the results to close the gap on the league leaders.

“The pressure is all on Charlton,” he told The Star. “They can still be caught.

“Huddersfield have had that massive long run and that has come to an end now so it will be interesting to see how they respond to that.

“Neither Charlton or Huddersfield have had a blip and every team has one at some point. We had one at the start of the season when we lost to Bury, Bournemouth and Stevenage. Maybe that was our bad spell because everything is starting to click together now.”

Three months ago, Wednesday drew 1-1 at the Valley, Clinton Morrison cancelling out Bradley Wright-Phillips’ early opener.

Lines added: “We are a lot stronger now than when we last played them. Charlton are on fire at the moment and can’t stop winning but both them and Huddersfield are due a bad spell so it is up to us to make sure we keep on winning.

“They are not going to go through the season playing as well as they are doing now.”