Defeated Wednesday happy their fate is in their own hands

Disappointment for Anthony Gardner at the final whistle
Disappointment for Anthony Gardner at the final whistle
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Hundreds of Peterborough fans invaded the pitch after the game against Wednesday and chanted “we are staying up”.

The celebration was premature, for Posh are still worse off than the Owls, and it could be Wednesdayites who are feeling cheerful come next Saturday evening.

What an incredible season it has been, with little to separate many of the clubs and an exceptionally high number of points needed to ensure safety.

Wednesday are not yet out of danger but are only three points below the club who are 13th.

Dave Jones’ men need to hold their nerve on Saturday and are sure to look for help from the crowd.

There should be a bumper attendance for this game against Middlesbrough and one thing is for sure amid this week’s ifs and buts: a win would keep Wednesday up.

As Dave Jones says: “It’s in our hands. That’s the biggest thing that you want.

“If we stay in this division, it will be a bigger achievement than promotion last season.

“We have been fighting really hard to keep our place in the Championship.

“Of course we are confident.

“We’re at home, we’ll have the crowd behind us. We know what we have to do.

“We’ve had opportunities over the last few weeks to make sure. We didn’t take them. This was another one. Now we have to make sure we’re ready for the next one.

“The lads have worked so hard. Now they have to roll their sleeves up for Saturday.”

Jones feels that Jermaine Johnson has been missed, with his hamstring problem having come after Michail Antonio was ruled out for the rest of the season by a groin injury, but he also revealed that Jeremy Helan was not 100 per cent fit.

He said: “You always miss good players. Certainly away from home you need that counter-attacking; we didn’t have it, with Jeremy struggling as well; we couldn’t get him into the game.

“He got a deadleg in training on Thursday. We got as much out of him as we could. He said at half time he was struggling. We said give it another go and see what we could get from him. I’m sure Peterborough were carrying knocks and bruises as much as we were.”

Captain Anthony Gardner said: “JJ is a good outlet, especially away from home.

“You need your pacey players on the pitch. They give us respite and get you forward up the pitch. We have a good squad to call upon and it shouldn’t be a problem.”

A point last Saturday would definitely have been enough to keep the Owls up, but this is no longer the case as Peterborough are now only a point behind them.

Gardner said: “It was pretty even in the first half. They were causing us one or two problems up front; we weren’t close to them on occasions. But we had a couple of chances, they had a couple.

“After the goal, we were chasing the game, which put us under a bit of pressure, We just couldn’t get that equaliser.

“We probably deserved a point. It was disappointing that we didn’t give our fans something to cheer about.”