SHEFFIELD Wednesday will take solace from the fact that there are still 21 games to go as they attempt to finish the season in an automatic promotion place.
Manager Gary Megson believes that Charlton will win the title as they press on at the top having ended the Owls’ unbeaten home record and left them in fourth spot.
But even Addicks boss Chris Powell acknowledges that the table can change swiftly.
Megson said of last Saturday’s 1-0 result: “It’s significant in terms of who will win it [the title], because I think they [Charlton] will.
“From our point of view it’s a disappointment but there are two places to go for, and there’s obviously the play-offs.
“I’ve heard other managers say it’s going to be swings and roundabouts all season, and I’m sure it will.”
If Charlton stay top he expects the battle for the other promotion spot to be fought out by Wednesday, United, Huddersfield and MK Dons.
Megson also said: “Charlton are solid. They always look like they can get a goal. When it’s nip and tuck in a game, very few teams can bend one into the top corner like they did - a fantastic strike.
“They’re organised. They all work hard and are difficult to break down.” He believes it would take an “exceptional” side to finish above them.
Powell said: “Things can change quickly, especially when you have three games in a week. We have to make sure that, whoever we are up against, we are ready.
“There are good teams: the Sheffield teams, Huddersfield, MK Dons, Stevenage are up there, and there’s Carlisle.
“It’s going to go all the way to the end of the season. It was a big game [against Wednesday]. Sheffield United will be another tough one. They’re obviously full of confidence so we have to make sure we’re right and play our stuff.”
With Gary Madine back from injury, Megson confirmed a return to Arsenal for Sanchez Watt, whose loan ends today, and said the Owls were still trying to land Ben Marshall, who played the final game of his loan on Saturday:
“It seems that Ben will either sign a contract [at Stoke] and possibly be loaned out or he won’t and he’ll just stay there.”