‘Whatever it takes’ – Key Sheffield Wednesday man insists the belief is still there
Sheffield Wednesday’s stand-in manager, Jamie Smith, insists that there’s still the belief that they can survive despite another defeat over the weekend.
The Owls were beaten 3-1 by Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and while it could’ve been the result that sent them down to League One, Birmingham City’s reversal against Derby County meant that they live to fight another day.
It’s a big ask, though, with just six points left to play for and a four-point gap to make up on the Rams, however the final day game against them could turn out to be a dramatic affair where essentially it becomes ‘winner stays up’.
So while it’s still mathematically possible, Smith says that they will not be throwing in the towel, and he hopes that they can keep clinging on to some of that hope by getting a result against Nottingham Forest this weekend in their final home game of the season.
Speaking to the media after the game against Boro, he said, “We’ve still got a chance because mathematically it’s still possible, so we’ll keep fighting.
“It’s been must-win for the last few weeks with the games, and it’s all about the three points. It has to be that - whatever it takes, we have to try and get three points.
“There’s still a sense of belief, obviously the results have gone for us today, so there’s still that belief.”
Smith did hint that manager, Darren Moore, could potentially return to Middlewood Road ‘in the later part of the week’ following his battle with COVID-19, however it remains to be seen whether his health will allow the return to work that he’s so desperately craving.
As with both games last week, the clash with Forest on Saturday could be the one that condemns the Owls to League One, but if they’re to pull off a result and Derby don’t beat promotion-chasing Swansea City, then they’ll have one final shot at redemption at Pride Park on May 8th.
Wednesday face Forest at 3pm on Saturday, and could potentially have the likes of Chey Dunkley, Massimo Luongo and Joost van Aken back in contention.