Sheffield Wednesday: Top six Owls says Buxton

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Long-serving defender Lewis Buxton has set his sights on a top-six finish in the Championship as he strives to cement a regular place in Sheffield Wednesday’s starting line-up.

The Owls welcome high-flying Ipswich Town to Hillsborough tonight looking to get back to winning ways after two defeats on their travels.

Owls Lewis Buxton

Owls Lewis Buxton

Wednesday lie in ninth position after nine league outings and Buxton, who is set to make his 200th appearances for the club after missing the start of the season with a knee injury, claims the team are capable of mounting a promotion push.

“I have watched the games and to me it [play-offs] is a realistic target looking at the opposition we have played,” Buxton told The Star.

“It is early but I think from the results we have had you can see the possibility of making the play-offs. For me, that’s a realistic target. As the season progresses, we will see whether that is realistic.

“If we can stay in and around the top six and maybe add a couple of players in and around Christmas time to add even more competition, it’s definitely a possibility.”

Buxton, seeking to make his third consecutive start, admits he would love to stay with the Owls for the rest of his career.

The 30-year-old said: “I would like to progress and the club wants to as well and I think we are doing.

“I would like a shot in the Premier League and so does the club. There is no reason why we can’t do that.”

Wednesday will be without Tom Lees against the Tractor Boys, who have won four in a row in the league. The centre-back has failed to shrug off a hamstring problem he picked up versus City but midfielder Kieran Lee is expected to be included in the match-day squad following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“It’s disappointing for Tom [Lees] on a personal level that he’s got injured because in all of the games I have watched, he’s not put a foot wrong,” said Buxton, who deputised at centre-half on Saturday. “Hopefully he will be back fit soon.

“We need to get back to basics defensively. We had a lot of clean sheets before the last two games so we need to get back to that level.”