SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: We can turn it around: Joe Mattock

High hopes: Joe Mattock is confident in the Owls' ability
High hopes: Joe Mattock is confident in the Owls' ability
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JOE Mattock insists that the Owls have the spirit and quality to move swiftly up the Championship table.

The defender says that a feeling of togetherness prevails in the squad despite the losing run of six games and that the club need only a short burst of winning form to find the spark that can reignite their season.

Mattock also contrasts the mood at Hillsborough with that at Bramall Lane when he was on loan at Sheffield United for the last four months of their Championship relegation season, in 2011.

“There’s a big difference, a lot more support, from what I noticed,” says the ex-West Brom defender. “On the Wednesday side the fans are immense; there’s such a big following; I didn’t realise until the first game of the season [at Derby], where the crowd was epic.

“At Sheffield United a lot of the players were quite down; a lot aren’t there any more. They were all good lads but you weren’t sure whether some of the players didn’t want to be there.

“I was on loan, so I just had to do my job, which I always do.

“With the lads here in our changing room, it’s much better. They’re a good group of lads. There’s no doubt we can stick together and get that all-important win.”

The Owls bid to end their losing streak at Burnley tonight.

Mattock added: “In this league, with a couple of good wins in a row we’ll be back up there, getting back into contention to get into the play-offs. We’re not that many points off.

“It’s still early in the season, and we’ve got the ability. I don’t see why we can’t get a couple of wins and see what happens from there.

“We’re just sticking together. We’re all in it together, even the lads who aren’t playing; as long as we stay like that, I don’t think we’ll have any problem pulling out of where we are.

“Burnley is a hostile place, where the crowd are a bit on top of you. It’s going to be a tough game, but nothing I’m afraid of, and nothing for the lads to be afraid of either.”