Sheffield Wednesday: Owls must be more flexible in their approach next season, claims midfielder

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Joey Pelupessy reckons the Owls must be more adaptable if they are to compete in the upper echelons of the Championship next season.

Although Wednesday ground out a 1-0 win at Hull City last weekend to secure their second-tier status, Pelupessy still thinks there is plenty of room for improvement.

Owls midfielder Joey Pelupessy

Owls midfielder Joey Pelupessy

“We played well, for example, in the first half against Hull but the second half was more of a fight,” he told The Star. “They started to throw more long balls and I think in that situation we have to try and play a little more football so we have more rest and confidence on the ball.

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“I think that is the next step for the team.

“In some games, it is easy to play but some games you have to fight. It’s also important to win those games and not only when you play nice and are feeling comfortable. They are the difficult games you have to win. If you can win those games, then you have more points than normal.

“You have to be able to win ugly. It’s important. It’s maybe not nice for the fans but I think when we win they are happy. The most important thing is to win more points.”

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The Owls, who have endured an injury-ravaged campaign, will be chasing a fifth win in seven matches when they welcome Reading to Hillsborough today.

When asked what the team’s target should be for next year, Pelupessy said: “When all the players are all back, it is maybe possible to play for the play-offs.

“We have a really good team and key players have come back from injury and that has made a big difference. We have played better in the last weeks and won games easier than before.

“So when everyone is fit and you have a good team spirit and the confidence is there I think you can play for the play-offs.”

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