DEFIANT Wednesday are refusing to give up on second place though they trail United by four points with only three games left.
Mark Beevers insists that the Owls, who also possess an inferior goal difference, have a fighting chance if they can take maxmimum points from the remaining matches.
“We need United to slip up but we have to believe that we can still do it,” said the defender.
“We have three games left. If we get nine points we give ourselves every chance.”
He said that the Owls will be up for the challenges of the next few week both in the league programme and in the play-offs if that is where the club do end up.
“We’ve got to win the three games we have in front of us and hope for the best,” he added.
“If we weren’t in the situation we’ve been in it would have been a good point at Colchester. We needed the three, so it’s not so good.
“We need to pick ourselves up and make sure we get nine points out of the remaining games, and see where that takes us.”
But he acknowledged that it is out of the Owls’ hands if United keep winning - the Blades have now won six in a row.
He hopes that Wednesday will get a helping hand on Saturday from MK Dons, who are United’s next opponents and for whom he played on loan this season: “If they can beat Sheffield United, that would be nice.”
Dave Jones wants the Owls to finish the season on a high, not only to give themselves the best possible chance of keeping their diminishing hopes of automatic promotion alive.
He explained: “If we are going to go on the play-off route, we want to go into it on good form, not on a dip. That’s what we spoke about.
“The two games in three days (over Easter) took an awful lot out of them; then they’ve got to go again, again and again. We just have to keep doing that - hit it, and hit it playing well.”
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