How Sheffield Wednesday are approaching the challenge of ‘fighting’ Sunderland at Stadium of Light

Happy Owls Manager Jos Luhukay......Pic Steve Ellis
Happy Owls Manager Jos Luhukay......Pic Steve Ellis
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There will be no sense of complacency from Sheffield Wednesday as they head to relegation-threatened Sunderland, according to boss Jos Luhukay.

The Black Cats have won only six games in total this season and just two of those have come at the Stadium of Light.

However, Chris Coleman’s side received a huge lift on Friday in their battle to avoid the drop, when they beat Derby County 4-1 at Pride Park.

Luhukay admitted that his side’s games against Preston and Sunderland coming close together meant that he had also been preparing for this match during the international break and the manager has seen enough to convince him that this will be no walkover - even for a side buoyed by their own 4-1 win on Friday.

“I have in the beginning of the week watched Preston videos but (Sunderland too)in the last few days because I know how important these two games are,” he said. “I see a team that doesn’t give up. They know they are not in a positive situation but I see character and they are fighting.

“I don’t go and think because they are (near the bottom) we can play on 60% to win. In the championship you have to always be 100%.”

He added: “We have only had two games so I have had to have a plan. We only had two days so I had to think about Sunderland too. We know what we want to do. With five games in two weeks, my job is to look ahead.”