'We must get that mentality back to win every fight and every game' - Sheffield Wednesday sends message to Owls team mates after Millwall stalemate

Julian Borner has challenged Sheffield Wednesday to build on their hard-fought draw with Millwall.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 6:00 am

Garry Monk's men lost more ground in the Championship promotion race after Saturday's frustrating goalless draw at Hillsborough.

The stalemate means the 11th-placed Owls trail Bristol City, who currently occupy the final play-off position, by seven points with 16 matches remaining.

Borner told The Star: "We know we can play good football, but it’s the mentality, and today is a start for the future.

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"We need more points at home, that is clear.

"The dressing room is really good. The last few weeks we have been disappointed. That is normal.

"But today, when you believe, you know what you can do. Some of the previous games were really good, like Brighton and Leeds, and we must get that mentality back to win every fight and every game."

The German centre-half, a bargain free transfer recruit from Arminia Bielefeld last summer, played a key role in helping Wednesday record a clean sheet on home soil for the first time since December 22.

Julian Borner was happy to keep a clean sheet against Millwall

"For defenders, it’s always important to keep a clean sheet," said Borner. "When you concede goals it is painful, so I am really happy with a clean sheet, for the team and myself."

A big plus point for the Owls was the second half cameo from new signing Alessio Da Cruz. The speedy forward, on loan from Serie A side Parma until the end of the season, caught the eye in the final quarter of the contest.

He said; "Alessio, it was difficult, as he only trained one day with us.

"But we had so much quality on the bench and we will need all the guys. We have a big squad."

Wednesday will be seeking to end a three-match winless run in the league when they go to local rivals Barnsley on Saturday.

On their slump in form, Borner said: “I am 29-years-old and nothing in football surprises me.

“I don’t know the reason, but every game in the Championship is difficult.

“We must show a high concentration going forward.”