‘We need to focus on the task in hand’

Jamie Smith has called on the Wednesday squad to be fully focussed on our own ‘must-win’ game at Middlesbrough tomorrow as the Championship survival bid enters the final straight.

Assistant manager Smith, who will be in charge again at the Riverside in the absence of Darren Moore, said: “It’s going to be a tough game. They have got some really good individuals who can make things happen.

“You have to focus on yourselves and what you can control and not worry about what else is going on.”

We go into the game on 39 points, four from safety and with just those three games remaining. Derby, who sit on 43 points and also have three matches to play, entertain Birmingham tomorrow and we know that defeat for us and victory for the Rams would condemn us to division one.

Rotherham, level on points with ourselves but with two games in hand on us, are at Barnsley tomorrow while bottom club Wycombe, on 37 points and also with three matches to play, are at Cardiff.

We have no new injury problems going into the game which is given extra spice as our old adversary, former Sheff U manager Neil Warnock, is Boro boss.

Smith also said that Darren Moore is feeling better after being struck down with a bout of pneumonia and that he and the players hope to see him back at Hillsborough before the end of the season.

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