Tonight’s trip to Brentford will bring back some happy memories for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo.
Nearly two and a half years have passed since the Owls travelled to Griffin Park for their penultimate League One clash.
Semedo started in Wednesday’s 2-1 success, a result which lifted Dave Jones’ side above Sheffield United into the automatic promotion places. A week later, the club memorably sealed their return to the Championship after a 2-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers.
“Brentford is a tough place to go,” said Semedo. “I have played there at least three times and it is always difficult.
“I will always remember the last time we went to Brentford. It was a happy time and an important 2-1 win. It was the game we got in front of Sheffield United.
“The players who are still here, like Liam Palmer, will definitely remember that when we get to the ground.”
Semedo said helping the Owls go up in 2012 was the best moment of his career. Wednesday have flirted with relegation in the last two seasons but the Portuguese player reckons they are now on the up.
He insisted: “We are making strides. We only get better. We are now an established Championship side.
“When you are established, you can only go forwards and I believe that is going to happen this season. We are in a very strong position and are a very good team. The last couple of seasons in the Championship have been difficult ones but I believe we can do something special this year.
“We are not looking over our shoulders anymore. We are trying to catch the teams who are above us and are trying to do the best that we can do. We are a lot, lot better than two years ago and last year.
“I believe we will only get better. The aim now is to take this club into the Premier League.”
Wednesday boast one of the best away records in the division with three wins and two draws from their six outings on the road and Semedo is convinced they can pick up another positive result when lock horns with Brentford in Stuart Gray’s 50th match in charge.
He said: “Brentford have made an impressive start and are a very good side. You have to respect all sides in the Championship.
“It is not easy when you get promoted but they’ve had a good start. That hasn’t happened with us in the last couple of years.
“Brentford is a very difficult place to go but our performances have been good away from home and I believe we will carry on with that.”
Gray’s men are without a win in four league matches and Semedo is calling on the squad to rectify their form, starting against Brentford.
“The mood is very good,” the 29-year-old stressed. “We are a little upset at how we played on Saturday. We were not good enough.
“We are looking forward to Brentford and hopefully we can do better than what we did against Watford.”