Sheffield Wednesday: Play-offs race going down to the wire, says Owls player

Frustrated Carlos Carvalhal at the final whistle at Oakwell....Pic Steve Ellis
Frustrated Carlos Carvalhal at the final whistle at Oakwell....Pic Steve Ellis
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Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion bid may go down to the last day of the season.

the opinion of Adam Reach after Carlos Carvalhal’s troops dropped out of the play-off positions for the first time since December following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

Fulham leapfrogged the Owls into sixth spot after their 1-0 triumph at relegated Rotherham United, who Wednesday face tomorrow night.

With seven matches left, the Cottagers are one point clear of Wednesday but also boast a far superior goal difference.

When asked if their top-six tilt could down to the wire, Reach told The Star: “There’s every chance. There’s ourselves and Fulham, who we play in the last game. The other teams in and around us could get nervous as well.

“If we play anywhere near our best, I think we pick up more points than Fulham. We’ve got them on the last day of the season. Hopefully we will already be in the play-offs and they can’t catch us.

“But, if it does come down to that at Hillsborough with a full house and a great atmosphere, I think we will have the edge.”

Four of the Owls’ remaining seven fixtures are at home and Reach added: “Every game is crucial.

“Out of eight games, I think if you pick up four points from every two games, it might be enough. I don’t know. But we are after wins and not draws.”

Angus MacDonald’s header deep into added on time cancelled out Sam Winnall’s 50th minute opener at Oakwell. The result means Wednesday have gone four matches without a win and triumphed just once in their last seven outings.

Now Reach, who created former Barnsley striker Winnall’s goal last weekend, has quickly turned his attentions to their trip to Rotherham.

He said: “It’s another local derby and they don’t want us to go up so they are going to try their hardest to disrupt our season as well so it will be tough.

“But it is all about us. If we play our best, not many teams can cope with us.”