The Owls are currently seven points adrift of 21st-placed Derby County as they prepare to face Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening, and need to pick up three points if they’re to stand any sort of chance of keeping their hopes alive.
Wednesday would have done their survival chances the world of good if they’d held on to beat Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, however a late equaliser from the visitors saw them settle for a point and take a step closer to League One.
Now they face a Rovers side that don’t have much to play for other than personal pride, but stand-in manager, Jamie Smith, says they’re going to need to be in good form if they’re to get a result.
Speaking to The Star ahead of facing Blackburn, Smith said, “It’s another tough game, and we need a response. They’ve got a quality squad with quality players, and it’ll be a good footballing match against a good footballing team. We’re going to have to be at it.”
He also said, “They’re in a bit of form. I watched their last game, which was a good result for them. It’s another tough game for us… There’s areas for us to look to exploit, and hopefully we can do that.”
Meanwhile, Smith explained that he didn’t foresee any fresh injury concerns on the back of the draw with the Robins, and added that he was pleased to have Joost van Aken and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru back in contention after they returned to the matchday squad over the weekend.
“With players who have been out for a while, it’s always good to get them back involved in the squad,” he said.
If Wednesday lose and Derby win then the Rams will go 10 points clear of the Owls and would condemn SWFC to relegation with three games to play.
Wednesday, who will once again be without Darren Moore as he recovers from pneumonia and blood clots brought on by COVID-19, face Blackburn at 7pm tomorrow night.