After a disappointing goalless draw in the Steel City derby was followed up by a credible point at Derby, Wednesday return to action this midweek looking to close the gap on their rival play-off contenders.
The Owls boast an impressive nine-game undefeated streak in the Championship, and with four of the five teams directly above them in the table playing teams in the top eight, it could be a great chance leapfrog a few of them.
Steve Bruce’s side, whose last league defeat was away at Hull on 12 January, will be hoping to turn their run of draws into wins if their aim of promotion is to be realised.
While not losing in nine is impressive, a failure to convert performances into wins, having drawn five of their last seven, will be a concern to Bruce.
But a game against a lowly, struggling Bolton side, paired with tricky fixtures for their rivals, means that the reward on offer should have the Wednesday players champing at the bit as they run out at the Macron Stadium.
With Bruce publicly stating that the team need to start winning games, the last thing he needed was a potential injury to one of the main components of the side to get their goals.
Steven Fletcher suffered a knee and ankle injury during the draw at Derby, and had to be withdrawn early. But with Fernando Forestieri and Lucas Joao already out, it may be a makeshift forward line that is asked to do a job on Wednesday night.
The influence Bruce has had on the players is there for all to see, but if they do not start turning one point into three soon, it may all be for nothing.
But the team should be full of confidence from their unbeaten run, and if they do start winning games they will surely have a big say in the Championship play-off race, which is the tightest it has been for a number of seasons.
Owls fans, let us know who you would have leading the line at Bolton? Can the unbeaten run continue, with some wins accompanying the draws? Let us know in the comments below…
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