Jordan Rhodes is not playing down the significance of the upcoming derby double-header with Barnsley and Rotherham United, but he believes they are just two of ‘eight cup finals’ remaining for Sheffield Wednesday.
The Owls will return to action following the international break with a clash at Oakwell on Saturday, swiftly followed by another short trip, this time to the New York Stadium to face the relegation-doomed Millers on Tuesday.
However, while fans will be excited by the prospect of two South Yorkshire derbies in quick succession, Rhodes says each game from now until the end of the season is huge as Wednesday bid to nail down a place in the play-offs, as they did last season.
“The two derbies are big games, both away from home,” Rhodes said.
“Having said that, they are all big games at this stage of the season, derbies or otherwise.
“We want to get in that top six. We have to treat every game like a cup final and then, hopefully, after those eight games we can have another three to play that can give us a real, good go of getting the big prize.”
Rhodes added: “We have to turn things round. The harder you work, the luckier you get - I have always believed that philosophy.
“The key is keeping our heads down, working hard and, in a couple of weeks’ time, whoever the manager selects can, hopefully, get more goals than Barnsley.
“It is just a matter of a little bit of luck shining in our favour. We keep going.”
Meanwhile, Keiren Westwood got a rare 90 minutes of international action under his belt for the Republic of Ireland last night.
The Owls stopper, though, was powerless to prevent his side losing a 1-0 to Iceland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium.