Sheffield Wednesday: Owls feeling the heat, says Wildsmith

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Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith reckons the Owls are feeling the strain after a poor sequence of results in the Championship.

Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith reckons the Owls are feeling the strain after a poor sequence of results in the Championship.

Carlos Carvalhal’s men travel to Bolton Wanderers tonight lying in 19th position, having gone five matches without a league victory.

Boyhood Wednesdayite Wildsmith, who will line up against the Trotters with first-choice shot-stopper Keiren Westwood still yet to fully recover from a side straing, told The Star: “I think a little bit of pressure has gone on the players because we haven’t won since the first match of the season.

“We definitely need that winning factor to give a real buzz around the club again.

“Hopefully we can go on a little run because we have dropped down the league. A couple of wins would take us straight back up there with it being early on in the season.

“The atmosphere around the club is still superb but a win would boost it up and is what we need. If we keep playing like we did on Saturday, we will definitely get that win. We had the chances against Burnley and we outplayed them for most of the game.”

Academy graduate Wildsmith is urging his defence to keep former Owls striker Gary Madine quiet this evening.

“Gaz [Madine] is not just a goal threat; he can do a lot on his day and bring other people into it with his hold up play,” said the 19-year-old.

Bolton go into the contest on the back of a 2-1 home success versus Wolves. It was the Lancashire club’s first victory over the season.

Wildsmith said: “It will be a hard test. Bolton got a good win against Wolves on Saturday. They will be a tough team to beat.

“If Gaz is up front, it will be a physical test for the centre-backs and possibly for me if they are getting crosses into the area.”