Key Sheffield Wednesday man speaks after huge Derby County defeat – talk of a last-minute Darren Moore return

Sheffield Wednesday could welcome back boss Darren Moore ahead of ‘a huge week’ as the Owls were given a stay of execution in the Championship on Saturday.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 12:00 pm
Sheffield Wednesday now need a result against Derby County. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

A lacklustre performance in drawing 0-0 with Nottingham Forest was followed up by fellow strugglers Derby County throwing away a lead against Swansea.

The Owls take on the Rams on May 8 in a game that could well decide which of the two teams remain in the Championship next season, however there is still a chance that Rotherham United could relegate both of them if they pick up a result in their last two matches.

Jamie Smith admitted that maybe his side felt the pressure against Nottingham Forest in what turned out to be a bore draw at Hillsborough, and the job is to now get them prepared for a do-or-die battle in Derbyshire.

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“We had chances, some half chances, but we couldn’t make the breakthrough. We move on and now preparation starts for the next game,” he said.

“We now have a huge week ahead and it’s going to the final day… All we can do is focus on ourselves because we are heading for a huge game at Derby next week.

“We have a whole week on the training ground to get the squad prepared for what will be a defining game.

Meanwhile, there could potentially be a big boost in terms of personnel for the trip to Pride Park, with the stand-in Owls manager telling The Star after drawing with Forest, “Darren is good, he’s a lot better. He’s a lot better in himself now.”

So there could be chance of him making it to Derby?

“Potentially, yeah,” Smith said. “He could be in the stands maybe.”

Rotherham face Luton Town on Tuesday night in their penultimate game of the season, and a victory – given their already superior goal difference – would make it difficult for Wednesday to stay up even with a victory against the Rams.

That’s out of their hands though, and whatever happens they know that it’s three points or nothing on May 8th if they’re to stand any chance of avoiding the drop back down into League One.

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