Sheffield Wednesday coach Nicky Weaver offers his take on Owls play-off chances
Sheffield Wednesday still have every chance of qualifying for this year’s Championship play-offs, according to club goalkeeping coach Nicky Weaver.
The lifelong Wednesdayite and former Owls number one said that the deadline day additions of loanees Connor Wickham and Josh Windass are a boost to their chances and that in a hugely competitive division, a consistent run of form would see them re-enter the top six.
A 0-0 draw with fellow play-off chasers Millwall on Saturday stopped a rot of three consecutive home defeats and leaves them 11th in the table, seven points shy of sixth-placed Bristol City.
And it is in emulating City’s run of four consecutive wins that Weaver believes is the simple answer to how Wednesday can put their promotion bid back on track.
“We had a good start and just before Christmas we beat Bristol City and we were up to third,” he told Sky Sports.
“From nowhere really we had a few indifferent results and we find ourselves 10th or 11th now.
“We’re still in touching distance and we made some good signings on deadline day.
“If we can put a good run together we’ve certainly got a good chance of getting into the play-offs they’re are a lot of teams involved and in the Championship you get strange results so it’s hard to get that consistency.”
There are 16 matches to go this season and clubs as far down as 13th-placed Derby County will surely fancy themselves for a late dart in what has been a heavily congested contest so far.
Wednesday’s next six matches come against teams currently in the bottom half of the table.
Weaver said: “We’re in the pack, there’s no doubt, but the teams now that are the most consistent in that pack will prevail into the play-offs and automatic.
“At one point it looked like Leeds and West Brom were going to run away with it and they’ve faltered. Although they’re still first and second, the pack has caught them up.
“It’s a very exciting league, the games come thick and fast and you can’t afford to take any opponent lightly.”