If any Sheffield Wednesday supporter was allowing themselves to dream of an unlikely top-six finish, the club’s results so far in April must have served as somewhat of a wake-up call.
Steve Bruce’s side’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa was countered by a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Nottingham Forest which set up a huge clash with Leeds United. A win for the Owls would have seen them move within three points of the play-off positions whilst also illustrating just how far they have come since the arrival of their 58-year-old boss in January.
However, Wednesday instead were outclassed for the majority of the game at Elland Road as their opponents dominated possession and launched a barrage of attacks on Keiren Westwood’s goal.
The Republic of Ireland international had to make a number of incredible saves to keep out the hosts but was eventually beaten by Jack Harrison who caressed a side-foot finish into the bottom corner after receiving the ball from Pablo Hernandez. Although Gary Hooper and Barry Bannan both went close for the Owls, it was overwhelmingly clear that Leeds were by far the better side on the day as they illustrated just why they are challenging for automatic promotion.
With four games left to play, Wednesday are in need of a miracle if they are to sneak into the top-six in May and extend their campaign beyond the 46 game mark. However, an unlikely return to the Premier League via a trip to Wembley would arguably come far too early for a side who are still adapting to their new manager’s way of playing.
Therefore, missing out on the play-offs this season could be beneficial in the coming years for the Yorkshire-based outfit as it would give Bruce time to bring in his own players and build a squad that is more than capable of competing at a higher level in the future.
What do you think Wednesday fans? Is the play-off dream over for this season? Would a full season under Bruce benefit your chances of making a long-awaited return to the Premier League? Get in touch below.