Why Sheffield Wednesday are refusing to panic despite their poor Championship form

Sheffield Wednesday's players will stick together and come through their sticky patch.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:00 am

That is the belief of attacking midfielder Adam Reach, who is confident the team will bounce back quickly from Saturday's 5-0 drubbing to Blackburn Rovers.

It has been a rollercoaster year for Wednesday, who kicked off the campaign with Lee Bullen as caretaker manager following Steve Bruce's controversial departure.

Bullen ably held the fort before Garry Monk's arrival as boss in early September.

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Despite the threat of a possible points deduction hanging over the club because of their ongoing row with the English Football League over the sale and leaseback of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri and having limited funds to strengthen the squad, Monk has guided the Owls to 10th position, just three points adrift of the play-off positions.

But Wednesday have lost ground in the race for a top-six finish after a run of four defeats from their last five Championship matches.

Two-goal winger Reach, who has described the team’s dip in form as a “blip”, said: "I think if you ask any set of fans in the Championship they will say they have had ups and downs.

"I am tremendously proud of how the boys and players have handled themselves this season.

Owls defender Julian Borner, right, and Adam Reach

"I think people forget that we lost a manager just before the start of the season.

"We started with an interim manager and we didn't know who the next manager was going to be.

"We have had our problems with the EFL and stuff like that and we have dug deep, stayed concentrated and, for the most part, we have done really well.

"We have now got a manager who I think is going to help and improve us and send us in the right direction.

"There have been ups and downs and there are going to be more before May.

"But we have got the dressing room and the right coaching staff now and we will get through this together. I have no doubt."

Meanwhile, the Owls have received the full allocation of 4,177 tickets for their trip to Barnsley next month. Monk’s men face the Reds at Oakwell on Saturday, February 8.