Owls targeting fifth win in row to keep survival hopes on track

Wednesday will be seeking a fifth win in a row when we face promotion-chasing Leeds in the latest game of our ‘great escape’ bid at a packed Hillsborough tomorrow night.

It’s a Yorkshire derby, it’s live on Sky but, most important of all, it’s another crucial match in our bold effort to stay in the Championship, with just two points now separating ourselves in 23rd and Plymouth in 16th.

Barry Bannan is fit to play after taking a knock in the first half against Plymouth on Tuesday evening and being subbed at half time. However, another influential midfielder – Ian Poveda – will be missing as he cannot play against his parent club as part of the loan agreement.

Another win for the Owls would see us move up into that 16th place while a draw would lift us out of the bottom three, with most of our relegation rivals playing on Saturday and Huddersfield at home to West Brom on Sunday.

Leeds have won 10 of their last 11 league games and know that a victory would take them into second place.

At today’s press conference, Danny Rohl spoke of the togetherness and positivity surrounding Wednesday both on and off the field and, looking at the latest challenge, said: “In the last weeks and months we have created this moment and now we come to a point where we can earn something.

“We have invested a lot, everybody has supported us well even though it has not always been easy but now we have a good moment.

“We need to keep going, there are 10 finals to go, you see how close the table is and there are a lot of teams around us now.

“It should be an exciting game. Leeds have won 10 of their last 11 games but we have also had a good run.

“We have created a momentum, we are at home with our massive fans. With football you never know … but it could be our night.”

Meanwhile, Rohl said long-term injury absentee Josh Windass should be fit to return to action after the international break at the end of the month.




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