Sheffield Wednesday: Antonio expects Owls to be safe

Michail Antonio thinks that more than 52 points may be needed for safety
Michail Antonio thinks that more than 52 points may be needed for safety
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MICHAIL Antonio is backing Wednesday to stay up though they have slipped to within two points of the Championship relegation zone.

But the winger believes that the Owls may need significantly more than the traditional safety target of 50 points.

“Most seasons, 50 to 52 points does cement your place; I don’t think that will be enough this season,” he said.

“It’s so tight: there’s us on 40 points, then a 42, two 43’s and three 44’s.

“The only reason why 50-52 could be enough is if one, two or three teams fall off it (the pace), which I don’t see for now.

“It seems that everybody had their bad stage when we had ours, and now everybody has been picking up while we’ve been picking up.”

He insists that the Owls are capable of bouncing back from the successive defeats by Forest and Watford and putting together another successful run.

They also face current bottom-three sides Bristol City, Peterborough and Barnsley and sixth-from-bottom Ipswich in the final five weeks of the season.

Antonio added: “We have 40 points on the table. All we have to do is push forward. We have to play teams from the bottom end of the Championship near the end of the season. Right now we’re concentrating on trying to get three points at Leicester.”

He says he is “very confident” that Wednesday will stay up: “Our run shows we are good enough to stay in this league.

“We had a bad run at the beginning of the season; now we have lost only three of the last 14 league games; we were unbeaten in seven games and had some great results. You can’t argue with that. Now we have to kick on and try to be unbeaten again.

“Right now we face some of the best teams: if we can get a result at Leicester, anything can happen. We fancy our chances at any club we go to. I believe we’re good enough to get three points at any ground. We have the players to do it.”

The Owls follow today’s trip with a home game against leaders Cardiff next Saturday, and will take on Barnsley at home and Bristol City away over Easter.

Antonio says the squad have not been demoralised by the controversial defeat at Watford. “That game is in the past, Now we’re concentrating on Leicester.”