‘We’ve given ourselves a lot to do to stay up’

Caretaker boss Neil Thompson says Wednesday have given themselves a big task to stay in the Championship after today’s second-half collapse at Luton.

Having seen the team lose a 2-0 half-time lead to go down 3-2 and slip to six points from safety, Thompson said: “It is plausible that we can stay up. We’ve got to have that belief without any shadow of a doubt but we’ve given ourselves a lot to do, that’s for sure.”

To get to the 50-point mark, which is looked to be survival target in the Championship, we need to take 22 points from our final 14 games. That is an unlikely haul given our recent run of four successive defeats and makes Wednesday night’s home game with Rotherham – one point and one place above us – a ‘must win’ match.

Thompson said of the midweek Hillsborough showdown: “It’s another tough game. It will be a scrap, a battle, we’ve got to outrun them, outfight them, outpass them … whatever it takes to get that result, we’ve got to do it.”

Reflecting on the Luton defeat, Thompson said: “We just went into our shells after half time for some reason. What we did to them in the first half they did to us in the second half.

“We had a great reaction in the first half and should have been perhaps four-up by half time.

“It was a scrappy start to the second half, we gave away a goal from a set play and then for the other two we had controlled possession, or we should have had in their half of the pitch, but we gave it away and then didn’t track runners or the cross into the box.

“The first half was probably as good as we’ve been all season, we played with a lot of energy and created a lot of good chances, Josh Windass was a constant thorn in their side and we had one or two other chances. Half time probably came too early for us.

“It’s a real tough one to take for everybody and hugely disappointing.”

Thompson added: “We certainly got punished for giving the ball away, that’s for sure, but then you’ve still got to deal with the balls into the box and we didn’t do that.

“It’s not a good place to be at the minute.”






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