Hillsborough set for survival bid double header

Wednesday face two home games in five days as our Championship survival bid reaches its final stages.

After Saturday’s encouraging 2-0 win at QPR, we have five matches left to try to save our second tier standing, the first against play-off chasing Norwich at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening, followed by another S6 clash with fellow strugglers Stoke City on Saturday.

The in-form Canaries will be a tough test, particularly as we look certain to be without Ian Poveda, the attacking playmaker limping off with what looked to be a hamstring injury in the first half at QPR and leaving manager Danny Rohl concerned that the player could be ruled out for the rest of the season.

We still sit in 23rd place but the weekend win took us level on 42 points with Birmingham in 22nd, one behind Huddersfield in the first safety position and just five points behind Swansea in 15th.

However, with only five fixtures and four weekends of the season remaining every point is clearly more crucial than ever.

Tomorrow night’s match also represents another major milestone in our club history as Wednesday will be playing our 5,000th league game.

Four of our relegation rivals are in action on Tuesday evening,  two of them – Plymouth and QPR – meet at Home Park, Millwall entertain table-topping Leicester and Huddersfield travel to Preston.

Then, on Wednesday evening, Birmingham are at home to Cardiff, Blackburn away to Bristol City and Stoke make the trip to Swansea.

Looking at the task ahead after the victory at QPR, boss Rohl said: “We played very well and did well as a team. I’m very happy. There are five games to go and we have a chance.

“Everybody was ready for this fight and that is our job. Do it – and do it until the end.

“It is our job and this is what I demand. With the right mindset and attitude we can do it.”


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