“Definitely…” – Sheffield Wednesday defiant as they stare down the barrel in relegation dogfight
Sheffield Wednesday have six games left to save their Championship status, and face a tough task against Swansea City tomorrow night.
The Owls are seven points adrift of 21st-placed Coventry City, and missed an opportunity to climb above Rotherham United over the weekend as they were thumped 4-1 by Queens Park Rangers in West London.
Now their attentions turn to Steve Cooper’s Swans, and Darren Moore’s assistant, Jamie Smith, says that they’re aware of how difficult the challenge will be.
One major boost going into the game is that the Owls manager will be back on the bench after recovering from COVID-19 over the past week or so, but it was left to Smith to discuss their next opponents after the defeat to QPR.
He told the media, “It’s a massive game - but every game since we’ve been in here has been a big one. We’ll keep striving, and driving to get the results.
“It’s another tough test, against another top team in the division. They’ve been going well, and are looking to get promoted - or at least in the Play-Offs. It’ll be a tough game, and they’re a good footballing team.
“We’ve asked the players to be positive, we’ve seen those positives in the games that we’ve played…”
But the big question remains – is the belief still in the squad that they can get out of their current sticky situation?
“Definitely,” Smith replied. “You have to. We’ll keep fighting for every point, every point that’s available.”
Darren Moore was due back at training at Middlewood Road today as their preparations for the Swansea game continued, and – after missing the 5-0 hammering of Cardiff City - he’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways as he goes in search of his first win at Hillsborough.
Wednesday face Swansea at 6pm tomorrow night in the first of three consecutive home games on the bounce, and you can’t help but feel that these three games will what ultimately decide which division SWFC will be playing in next season.
After the Swans, the Owls will go up against Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers before a trip to Middlesbrough and then their final home game of the season against Nottingham Forest. Their season ends away a Derby County on May 8th.