SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls pair homing in on final day of reckoning

Orient v Sheffield Wednesday......Owls Jose Semedo
Orient v Sheffield Wednesday......Owls Jose Semedo
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JOSE Semedo has already said that he thinks the battle for League One second place will not be settled until next Saturday.

His manager, Dave Jones ,is of similar mind and if the outcome does depend on the last day’s results then Jones feels that Wednesday’s chances will be boosted by the Hillsborough crowd.

The North Stand has now sold out, and fewer than 2,000 tickets remained for home areas yesterday.

The attendance will depend on the final arrangements for the Leppings Lane end, with the size of Wycombe’s following not yet known and likely to be influenced by where they are placed after today’s results.

Wanderers could be down by tonight, as they are three points adrift of fifth-from-bottom Walsall with a much worse goal difference, but if they have a chance of survival next Saturday then that should affect their support.

The Owls will confirm next week the details for the away end, where for certain games in the past they have been able to allocate some home supporters.

Depending on the final two results for the Owls and Blades, next weekend could be one of

Hillsborough celebration, for the Wycombe match will be followed the next day by the club’s Player of the Year awards evening.

Semedo will be one of the contenders for the main title, and has picked up three awards already: from the Star and Green ’Un, the Owls Foundation and the Wise Old Owls.

The combative midfield player was also Charton’s Player of the Year last year.

But any end-of-season knees-up will be far from the Owls’ minds as they go to Griffin Park today with an opportunity to go two points above United, ahead of the Blades’ 5.20pm start against Stevenage.

With a lot of Wednesdayites’ attention focusing on the possibility of the Boro doing them a favour, Dave Jones is underlining the fact that prima

rily the Owls must do the business against Brentford and make sure that next Saturday is the decider.

Although the Bees are five points off the play-offs and must rely on three other teams slipping up to have any chance, Jones warns: “They’re a good side. They’ve been on a good run though they lost last week (to Stevenage). They’re in with a shout.

“Everybody we have played of late seems to have had something to play for. Brentford have to win, which will make it more open.”

So he does not see a repeat of the comparatively dour 1-1 draw at mid-table Colchester a fortnight ago.

“When we played Colchester, they sat behind the ball and made it difficult,” he said.

“Brentford have to win as much as we have to win. It has has the ingredients of a good one.”