Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray is warning his team could be on the end of a hammering in midweek if they don’t buck up their ideas.
The Owls were poor in a 2-0 defeat at relegation threatened Yeovil Town on Saturday and will take on play-off hopefuls and shock FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan Athletic on Wednesday evening in Greater Manchester.
Gray has turned the Owls season around since taking charge when Dave Jones was sacked but they have still lost four of their last six matches in all competitions and are far from safe in the Championship after losing in Somerset.
And with Wigan already having comprehensively beaten the Owls 3-0 less than four weeks ago at Hillsborough Gray says a big improvement is needed.
“They have some excellent players,” he said.
“I told the players they cannot allow Wigan the same amount of time and space we gave Yeovil - without being disrespectful to Yeovil.
“If you don’t put the effort or commitment in then it will be a long 90 minutes.”
Two goals from Ishmael Miller gave the Owls their first away defeat since losing at Blackpool in November which led to Jones being shown the door by chairman Milan Mandaric.
Gray said he was happy that his team didn’t have to wait too long to shake off their shocking performance in Somerset.
He said: “The pleasing thing is that we don’t have to wait seven days to get this out of our system.
“We have a difficult game on Wednesday so I said to the players you play yourselves out of the team so come Wednesday there will be several changes.
“I have no qualms in doing that because it’s down to the players to keep their shirt.
“Hopefully I’ll get a reaction from my players and, like I say, I don’t have to mull over it and be disappointed for seven days.
“At least we have a game Wednesday against Wigan.”