Sheffield Wednesday: Owls’ part in survival scrap

Chris Maguire is mobbed by team-mates after his injury-time goal clinched a 1-0 home win against Barnsley
Chris Maguire is mobbed by team-mates after his injury-time goal clinched a 1-0 home win against Barnsley
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Wednesday will not be involved in any major issues themselves this weekend but will take a keen interest in the relegation battle.

Having been involved in it themselves for a large chunk of the season, the Owls also know that though they have escaped to safety they have affected the issue of who goes down.

Take Doncaster - still with a fighting chance, they would be League One-bound already if they had not taken six points off Wednesday.

Relegated Barnsley have less reason to be grateful to the neighbours - they took only a point from their two games against the Owls.

Wednesday did best against the Reds, in the games against the eight teams below them in the table, by drawing at Oakwell and winning at Hillsborough

Charlton’s Easter win at Hillsborough, coming on top of their Valley draw with Wednesday, was a big one in their ultimately succesful scrap against the drop.

But, with a haul of 17 points, Wednesday have not fared too well against the eight teams who are beneath them.

It was a topic that Oguchi Onyewu has touched upon.

The defender thinks that an improvement in results against “lesser” teams is essential if the Owls are to improve next season. He is on record as saying: “We’ve been capable of competing with and beating the best teams in this division, and we’ve had complete shockers against teams that we should perform better against.

“You beat QPR 3-0, then go to Doncaster and lose, and to Yeovil and get dominated; you’re two zero up against Charlton and lose 3-2. These are results that should never happen.”

The points gained by the Owls against the bottom eight have been: Huddersfield, three; Charlton, one; Blackpool, three; Millwall, two; Doncaster, none; Birmingham, three; Barnsley, four; Yeovil, one.

Barnsley and Yeovil will be joined in going down by Birmingham if Blues lose at Bolton and ensure safety for Blackpool, who are home to Charlton; Millwall, at home to Bournemouth; and Doncaster, away to Leicester, But only three points cover the four teams still in the fight.