“Must-win? We’ll see…” - Neil Thompson talks ‘desperate’ Wycombe Wanderers ahead of huge Sheffield Wednesday clash
Sheffield Wednesday are looking for a big bounce back this week when they host fellow strugglers. Wycombe Wanderers, but Neil Thompson says they’ll only know if it’s ‘must-win’ when the season ends.
The Owls were brought back down to earth with a bump over the weekend as their impressive victory at Bournemouth was followed up by a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Millwall.
Now, with the Chairboys coming to town tomorrow night, Thompson’s side is eager to get back on track as they look to use their latest opportunity to climb out of the Championship’s bottom three.
Speaking at The Den after the loss in Bermondsey, ‘Thommo’ told the media, “It’ll be another tough game, they’re fighting for their lives aren’t they. Nothing changes, it’s the Championship and there are all sorts of challenges…
“Is it a must-win? We’ll see at the end of the season. We’re aiming to get three points on Tuesday, but obviously they’re down there in the lower reaches of the table and they’re also desperate for the three points.
"We got beat 1-0 down there and we absolutely dominated the game… I think we put in something like 30/35 crosses into their box and it didn't happen for us.
"Do we owe them anything? No, but we owe ourselves something to recover from Millwall and go get three points."
It remains to be seen what sort of player availability the Owls will have against Wycombe tomorrow, however Dominic Iorfa (Achilles) is definitely out, while the likes of Moses Odubajo (hamstring), Massimo Luongo (thigh) and Joost van Aken (ankle) all remain doubtful.
Wednesday have had boosts in the injury department recently as both Chey Dunkley and Liam Shaw got back into the fold following their layoffs, and Thompson is going to need to call on everybody as he navigates six more games before the end of February in 20 days.
The Owls 1-0 defeat to Wycombe back in October is one of just three victories they’ve picked up in the Championship this season, and Wednesday will be keen to make sure they don’t become their first league double of the campaign.