Wednesday coach Lee Bullen is under no illusions at the size of the task facing the Owls tonight as they prepare to entertain Ipswich Town.
The Tractor Boys claimed a fourth successive Championship victory on Saturday, beating Rotherham United 2-0 after early strikes by forwards Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick.
The result moved Ipswich into the top four but Bullen is backing Wednesday to bounce back after two losses in a row on the road.
The Scot told The Star: “Ipswich are a big, strong, physical side. Their manager Mick McCarthy knows this league inside out. There are probably only two or three managers who know the league as well as him. He knows what it takes to win a football match at this level.
“He has got great knowledge of the level and has put together a good, quality group.
“Ultimately, it will be very tough but Reading came to Hillsborough on the back of four straight wins and we beat them so hopefully we can get the same result.”
Ipswich beat Wednesday 2-1 on the final day of last season to ensure they finished ninth in the table.
“We didn’t get anything from the game but I felt we deserved more from it,” said former Owls skipper Bullen. “We have got to match Ipswich physically.
“We have the ability to cause them problems. If we get back to our high standards, we can beat them.”
Bullen, who oversees the Owls’ development squad and works closely with the senior players, claims the expectation levels have risen following the team’s bright start.
He said: “The players, coaches and fans are starting to become greedier.
“We have just played a side in Cardiff who have come down from the Premier League with all their parachute payments and are disappointed we didn’t get anything from the game. That’s the progress we have made.”