Massimo Luongo has issued a warning to his Sheffield Wednesday teammates that they must remain grounded after moving to within a point of the play-off places, while speaking with The Star.
The Owls moved above Charlton Athletic into eighth in the Championship standings after Garry Monk’s side beat Wigan Athletic prior to the international break, and are firmly in the play-off frame.
Luongo joined Sheffield Wednesday in the summer from Queens Park Rangers, but had to wait until the Hillsborough natives’ second-tier clash with Wigan at the weekend for his first start (WhoScored).
The Australia international, who has withdrawn from the Socceroos squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a minor knee injury (Yorkshire Post), scored what proved to be the winning goal against the Latics, as well, as the Owls made it 10 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games.
Seven of those points have been put on the board since Monk’s arrival at the club as the permanent successor to Steve Bruce, but Luongo has called for the Owls to remain grounded as there is still a long way to go.
“It has been a quality start,” the 27-year-old said. “We are only three points off the top, but there is a long way to go. It is difficult to stay in the top half of the table. There will be teams between now and Christmas that will lose where they are going, and fall off the top of the table.
“I think it is important to take [it] one game at a time, and just worry about getting three points every week. We have pulled out results when we have not played well, but got the three points. It is very rare to be a in a team that does that and when we do play well, like we did against Middlesbrough, we scored four goals.
“I think there is a lot to build on and we are in a good place. It is up to us whether we go up or down.”
Sheffield Wednesday were sixth in the table at this stage of last season under former boss Jos Luhukay, having taken the same tally of points as they currently have from the opening 11 games of the Championship season.
The Owls’ 12-point haul from the remaining 13 fixtures before the end of the calendar year proved costly to their efforts of securing promotion, however, as it was the 18th best record and 18 points down on eventual title-clinchers Norwich City and ten fewer than play-off winners Aston Villa.
Luongo sparked a strong result last time out, and Monk will need the Australian back fit to face Cardiff City on October 18, as he bids to avoid seeing Sheffield Wednesday’s season fall away as the midfielder alluded to with clashes against Leeds United, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion to play before December.
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