The key to Sheffield Wednesday's revival
Forward Marco Matias says hard work has been the key to Wednesday's revival.
After a sluggish start to the season, culminating in a below-par performance and defeat at Brentford, Jos Luhukay has transformed the Owls' fortunes.
Wednesday entered the international break on the back of three consecutive Championship victories. Their improved form has silenced Luhukay's detractors and left the team just one point shy of the play-off placings after six matches.
Matias, who has started their last four league fixtures, feels the Owls are reaping the rewards of a strong work ethic.
The former Nactional player told The Star: "It is hard work. It starts with the gaffer and finishes with the players.
"We fixed the things that went wrong in the Brentford game.
"Everyone now understands we need to work for each other and for the team to help each other. The collective is the most important thing. We are acting like a team.
"We try to do better and better every day and I am happy because we are doing that. We are building up a great team so I'm happy."
Meanwhile, Wednesday's Under-18s continued their fine start to the 2018/19 campaign, thrashing Charlton Athletic 4-0 at Middlewood Road. Goals from Eyad Hammoud (2), Charles Hagan and Declan Thompson secured the Owls' fourth win from five matches. Wednesday's youngsters have scored 15 goals in their unbeaten start, conceding just once.