Sheffield Wednesday: Semedo says Owls will survive

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Like his midfield colleague Seyi Olofinjana, Jose Semedo firmly believes that Wednesday will beat the drop.

Olofinjana said after the Forest game that Championship survival was “not in doubt.”

Jose Semedo in action against Forest

Jose Semedo in action against Forest

Semedo is similarly confident and is determined to try to make sure the club stay up in what could be his last season with them.

He still hopes to finish his career at Hillsborough, but admits: “It’s the last year of my contract; I want to enjoy it as much as I can and do the best I can for this club.

“At the moment I’m not really thinking what can happen with the management. The main thing is to try to keep this club in the Championship. I love this club. I’d like to be here until the end of my career. It is something not in my control. It is in my control to do everything I can, and I hope that happens.

“We have some top players here, who can win us the games. That’s what we’re relying on. It will come, for sure.”

He takes encouragement from the team’s performances against Leicester and Forest: “We are in a good mood and playing well.

“We think last week we were in the game all the time and better than them (Forest) and they are a good team. We take the positives from the game into the next one.”

Semedo tells of togetherness in the camp, after the exit of Dave Jones. The players were already used to working closely with Stuart Gray, who as first-team coach probably spent more time on the training field with them than the manager - a common scenario at many clubs.

“It’s been different, in a good way,” says Semedo. “Stuart was with the manager since last season; he’s been good; we’ve been playing differently; something’s changed; more happiness, a different way; to be fair, he’s done very well for us. I think the two games he’s beem manager something has been different, more spirit.

“Stuart is the one who’s been with us all the time. He’s the one in charge. He knows how to lift the players.”