Sheffield Wednesday supporters would be forgiven for thinking that their side’s season is all but over following Saturday’s defeat to Leeds United.
Heading into the clash at Elland Road, the Owls knew that they really had to secure a famous victory over the Whites to keep within firing range of a top-six finish. However, from start to finish, Steve Bruce’s men were outclassed by their opponents and without the heroics demonstrated by Keiren Westwood, the margin of their loss would have been a lot wider than it was.
Although victories for Aston Villa, Derby County and Middlesbrough at the weekend may not have extended the gap between Wednesday and the play-offs, what it did do was narrow down the chance that the Yorkshire-based club has of extending their season past the 46-game mark in the Championship. Whereas having to overcome just one side can be tricky at this pivotal stage of the year, the fact that the Owls need to out-point four of their opponents means that that they require somewhat of a miracle to secure a play-off position.
However, if they can win all four of their remaining fixtures, there is a chance that they still finish in the top six if results elsewhere go their way. By doing this, they will need Middlesbrough and Derby County to pick up no fewer than seven points whilst Bristol City must not achieve more than six. If this somehow plays out in the Owls’ favour, they will also have to hope that Hull City fail to secure maximum points as the Tigers are currently one point ahead of them in the league standings.
Indeed, the likelihood of all this happening is extremely low yet whilst there is still an opportunity, Bruce will be gearing his players up with the dream of the play-offs firmly on their minds.
What do you think Wednesday fans? Have you given up on a top six finish this season? Or are you clinging on to hope or achieving a miraculous end to your season? Get in touch below.