Stuart Gray says he is not ready to accept a mid-table finish for the Owls this season.
Wednesday head into today’s clash with Brighton without a win a five, a run which has seen their hopes of a play-off push wane as they slipped to 13 points off the top six with 16 games remaining.
But Gray refuses to concede that a mid-table finish is the best his side can now hope for.
“I wouldn’t accept that,” he said. “I always set my standards quite high. My glass is always half full not half empty. The Championship is wide open. Only Derby, Bournemouth and Watford are getting consistent results.
“We need to go on a run. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.
“We have enough points to go for the play-offs and players are for playing their livelihoods so that’s a big incentive.”
Gray’s view is matched by Tom Lees who feels an ambitious target is always required to motivate a squad. And he says he knows his team mates would be disappointed if they finished outside the top ten following a good first half of the campaign.
He said: “I think you have got to have something to aim for. You don’t want to have that feeling where you are playing just for the sake of it. It’s got to be our aim to get that last play-off spot, or as close to.
“I think a lot of people wouldn’t have expected us to finish in the top half at the beginning of the season. Us as players, we probably thought we could achieve more.
“If we didn’t finish in the top half, top ten, I think the players would be disappointed in ourselves.”