Sheffield Wednesday: Coke sets safety target

Giles Coke believes that another nine points could see Wednesday safe

Giles Coke believes that another nine points could see Wednesday safe

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could make themselves safe with nine more points and can obtain that haul at least by finishing their home programme with a flourish.

That is the view of midfield player Giles Coke as he targets victory today against Blackburn.

The other remaining Hillsborough dates are against Ipswich on April 20 and Middlesbrough on May 4 - but ideally the Owls will not want to wait until that final-day clash with Boro before ensuring their safety.

Coke said: “It’s been an incredible season. There are so many teams in this relegation battle. We’re quite confident.

“We’ve got Blackburn next; I think another nine or 10 points and we’re safe.

“I think our home form has been quite good recently, apart from us losing to Cardiff - they’re a quality side. We’ve got three games left at home. There’s no reason why we can’t pick up maximum points from them.

“There are issues at Blackburn. You could say that they’re under-achieving, that they have quality players in their side and shouldn’t be where they are, but they’re there for a reasonm - the table doesn’t lie.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting game.”

Coke is hoping to hold on to his place after being recalled as a sub against Barnsley and playing at Bristol City.

He had two injections in his foot after his injury problem flared up again and his successful run in the side was ended when he had to go off at Watford and missed the games against Leicester and Cardiff. The injury has settled down.

But he knows that the signing of Stuart Holden and Seyi Olofinjana has stiffened the competition for places.

He said: “We’ve got a lot of good midfield players. I just want to play. When you see these players come in, it makes you up your game slightly.

“I’m not sure what the gaffer will do. We all respect his decisions. Some of us might not be happy when we’re not playing, but this is a team sport. We stick together and all hope for the results that will push us up the table.

“Hopefully I’ll play; if not and I come on when I’m needed, I’ll give it 100 per cent.”

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