Sheffield Wednesday: Ipswich are gunning for Owls

Give him a hand: PFA team choice Aaron Cresswell with Jose Semedo in the Owls' 1-1 home draw with Ipswich
Give him a hand: PFA team choice Aaron Cresswell with Jose Semedo in the Owls' 1-1 home draw with Ipswich
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Wednesday have been warned not to expect any let-up from Ipswich this Saturday after their failed bid to reach the play-offs.

The Tractor Boys feel that their pride is at stake as they bid to end their season with a flourish.

They missed out narrowly last week, losing 1-0 to promoted Burnley, and saw their hopes of promotion disappear, but manager Mick McCarthy feels that the team were capable of finishing in the top six.

Ipswich ran the Clarets so close that Tractor Boys captain Luke Chambers believes they let the Championship runners-up off the hook.

Chambers says: ““We’ll play for pride next weekend. We want to send the fans into the summer feeling really positive about next season.

“What Burnley have achieved is what we have got to aim for now. I don’t think we are that far behind them.

“We’re really disappointed that we have not managed to take it (the play-off challenge) to the last day, but there are a lot of positives for us to take from the season and we now have to try and emulate Burnley.”

Last year Ipswich went into their next-to-last game still not clear of relegation danger.

McCarthy says: “It’s still a big turnaround, but I’m still disappointed because I think we were capable of getting in the top six.”

One of the stars of their campaign, Aaron Cresswell, has been described by McCarthy as the best left back in the Championship and has been named in the PFA’s Team of the Year for the division.

Cresswell, aged 24, played in every minute of all his team’s matches last season and has made 42 appearances this season,

He is also joint top of the Championship assists table - a distinction for a defender. He is level on 13 with Forest midfield star Andy Reid.

Former Owls loan centre half Danny Batth has been named in the PFA’s League One Team of the Year and has played in every game for Wolves this season. His form has been rewarded with a new contract that runs to 2017.