Steve Bruce claimed last night’s win at struggling Bolton in horrendous conditions has given his side a “squeak” at making the play-offs, and insisted the Owls can “hope” that their unbeaten run of 11 games can see them achieve their dream.
Goals from Steven Fletcher, who overcame an injury he picked up at the weekend to play, and Newcastle loanee Rolando Aarons, were enough to secure the three points form Wednesday, which saw them climb up to ninth in the table, but more significantly, only three points of a play-off spot, ahead of this evening’s games.
Speaking to the Star, Bruce claimed the first goal was pivotal, and was the only highlight in a first half during which the players had to come to terms with the awful weather brough in by Storm Gareth.
He said: “I think the whole game hinged on the first goal and what a bit of quality that was and to be fair in the first half that was the only real bit of quality.
“How often have I said it in this Championship in an awful night where you probably wouldn’t send out a lifeboat with wind and swirling rain, a difficult pitch it’s our worst nightmare.”
Bruce admitted he had not expected goal hero Fletcher to be fit after he was forced to come off at Derby on Saturday, but was not surprised that he managed to get on the score-sheet.
“It was a plus for us that Fletcher was fit, I didn’t expect that, but typical Fletch wanted to get out there and capped it with a great goal.”
But looking at the bigger picture, Bruce — who is yet to taste defeat since taking over at Hillsborough — is hopeful of a play-off charge.
He said: “They’ve [the players] given us everything they have got and we’ve given ourselves a squeak so let’s see how the results go tomorrow night and look forward to the home game on Saturday against Blackburn.
“All we can do is hope and we’ve given ourselves a wonderful six weeks, I couldn’t have wished for a better start.
“But, we’ve got to do it again. We’ve got to replicate it to give ourselves a chance.”
Wednesday are certainly the form team of the Championship right now, and no one will want to have them as their next game. With the momentum they have built up, along with the experience and tactical know-how of Bruce, we think that the Owls will be a force to be reckoned with during the final weeks of the season.
It will be no surprise to us to see them securing a place in the play-offs come May.
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