Sheffield Wednesday: Palace can aid Owls cause

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says he has confidence in his team
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says he has confidence in his team
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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is backing his team to finish the season with a flourigh - an outcome that would also keep the Owls up.

The Eagles have not won in nine games but Holloway is confident that their lean run will end when they play Wednesday’s relegation rivals Peterborough at Selhurst Park in Saturday’s finale.

Aid from Palace would be a strange twist for they were the club who sent Wednesday down from the Championship in a last-day decider - a 2-2 draw between the two clubs at Hillsborough three years ago.

Wednesday hope to beat Middlesbrough and save themselves without needing help from anyone else but setbacks for Peterborough or others in the relegation battle could be a safety net.

Posh, a point behind the Owls, regard their game at Palace as a must-win clash.

But Holloway says: “I’ve been confident in my team all along.”

Palace, currently fifth, need a win to be certain of getting into the play-offs; they are two points ahead of Bolton and Forest, who have inferior goal difference, so a point may be enough for the Eagles.

Holloways he can see his team earning at least that point: a draw for Peterborough would mean Wednesday needing only a point to stay ahead of Darren Ferguson’s outfit, whose goal difference is two better than the Owls’.

Holloway admits that Palace have had a “horrendous” run but he was encouraged by their performance in Tesday’s 0-0 draw with Millwal:

“We were a threat, we looked solid and I thought everyone in my team played well. We’ve got another one to enjoy on Saturday and we are one of the lucky teams, we are at the right end.

“We need one more point and with a performance like that I can see us getting it. We’ve still got a fantastic chance. I want to get Palace in the play-offs and if we do get there, I think we’ll be a handful.”

Millwall, a point above Wednesday, think that a point at Derby will probably be enough to keep them up. They are two points ahead of third-from-bottom Barnsley and their goal difference is four superior to the Reds’.

But Lions boss Kenny Jackett says: “We do not want to be looking around the country and hoping results go our way. We are concentrating on going to Derby to win. It’s in our hands and we need a positive performance.

“I do not think I will be following other scores.”