SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Taylor made for Tykes challenge

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday captain Martin Taylor says Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley is the perfect match for the Owls to show they’ve got what it takes to survive in the Championship.

Wednesday slipped to a 3-2 home defeat against fellow relegation candidates Bristol City on Saturday at Hillsborough.

But Taylor, a transfer deadline day signing from Watford, thinks the derby atmosphere at Oakwell will provide the perfect atmosphere for his team to end their seven match losing streak. He said: “We’re motivated for every match but derbies always have that little bit extra about them.

“The lads will be up for it and we’re under no illusions of how important the match is.”

Wednesday, Barnsley, Bristol City and Peterborough are in a mini-league of their own at the bottom of the Championship with fifth bottom Ipswich Town five points clear of the third relegation spot and eight points above the Owls.

Taylor says despite the precarious position of the club the Wednesday squad is remaining upbeat.

“We’re quite a resilient bunch,” he said.

“We’ve already been through quite a lot this season.

“It’s not nice to be down there but once the questions have been asked and put to bed we start to focus on the next match.

“Things can change quickly.

“We’ve four matches between now and the end of the year, which are all winnable games.”

Taylor, aged 34, says he’s only ever been in a relegation battle in Premier League days with Birmingham City and is using his experience to try and help some of the squad’s younger players learn about what is required at the Championship level.

He said: “It’s part of my role to point things out to the lads, but do it in a way that isn’t too condescending.”