Jack Hunt has challenged Sheffield Wednesday to finish 2015 strongly in their quest to finish in the Championship’s top-six.
The attack-minded full-back starred as the Owls came-from-behind to beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 at Hillsborough last weekend.
Carlos Carvalhal’s men moved up to eighth following their fifth home win of the campaign, just a point shy of the play-off positions.
Wednesday will play eight more matches before the end of the year and Crystal Palace loanee Hunt reckons it could be a decisive period.
He told The Star: “We want to be in the top six, that would be a massive achievement for the club. The next challenge would be to stay there.
“We know there’s a lot of hard work, a busy fixture list in December, it breaks up the top teams and those that drop away. We just need to stay in there.”
Ex-Huddersfield defender Hunt hailed teammate Lucas Joao after the newly-capped Portugal international stepped up off the bench to score two goals.
“It’s been a fantastic week for Lucas after winning his first two caps for his country,” he said. “He played 80 minutes for his country, has done a lot of travelling, and I can see why the gaffer didn’t want to start him. He used him perfectly, he was brilliant in the second half.”
“We looked a little bit flat, and couldn’t get the ball off them.
“When Lucas came on, we started winning the ball back higher up the pitch, and looked a good team.”
Wednesday’s injuries are starting to clear up, with Michael Turner, Barry Bannan and Alex Lopez all poised to resume first-team training this week. The Owls, who have wide man Modou Sougou available for selection again following a lengthy lay-off, go to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.