Sheffield Wednesday: Daniel Pudil wants Hillsborough rocking again

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Daniel Pudil says the opportunity to pack out Hillsborough again this season is motivation enough for Sheffield Wednesday to secure a play-off place.

But the left back has yet to concede defeat in the battle for automatic promotion.

The 3-0 win over Arsenal earlier this season drew more than 35,000 supporters to S6 on a memorable night for the club.

And Pudil sees a play-off semi final as the perfect chance to better that attendance.

“It would be brilliant to finish in the play-offs and play at a full Hillsborough again,” the Czech Republic international said.

“We’re trying to make the fans happy.

“The top two? If we keep winning, who knows.

“We are nine points behind it but we have six games left so you never know. Anything is possible.

“We have to focus on ourselves and make sure we keep winning.

“We have won four in a row and are five points off seventh which is good but we still have six games left.

“First of all we have to finish in the top six and go game by game and we will see what happens.

“We have got to keep working hard and try to get as many points as we can.”

Wednesday have lost only twice in the league since the turn of the year and have strengthened their place in the top six with four consecutive wins.

A major part of their more recent excellent form has been a run of four straight away clean sheets, setting a new club record which they will look to extend today at Bristol City.

And defender Pudil has his eye on breaking another club clean sheet record before the end of the season.

Wednesday are two clean sheets away from matching last season’s club record-equalling total of 17 for the campaign.

He said: “It’s really nice to have played a part in that.

“But it’s not just down to the goalkeeper and the defence. All of the team have worked hard to make that happen.

“If we won some games 4-3, I don’t mind. The most important thing is we play nice football and win the games.

“I think we have broken many records this season. It would be really special for all of us if we got the clean sheet record.”

After missing the win at Huddersfield with a hamstring injury picked up during the international break, Pudil returned in Tuesday night’s victory over Blackburn Rovers.

The 30-year-old praised Joe Bennett for his performance during his absence and said the competition for his position is reflected throughout the squad which is why Wednesday have enjoyed success this season.

He said: “It was good to get back in the team after the injury.

“Joe played really well at left back and that’s why we are where we are in the table.

“We have got a good squad and everyone is fighting to get into the team.”