Given Sheffield Wednesday’s form under new manager Steve Bruce since he arrived at Hillsborough at the beginning of February, we find ourselves only two points away from his former club Aston Villa who occupy the last of the Play-Offs spots in the Championship table.
A season extension may be a stretch as real football returns now after the international break, but it’s a stretch we’ve earned and worked for and although our preparations for the Stoke City clash this weekend have been dented with news that striker Steven Fletcher has been ruled out of the game with his groin injury, it’s time for somebody else to step up and find some goalscoring form of their own.
Speaking to the Star this week as we go in search of another victory, Bruce was positive about our continued chances ahead but ultimately he just wanted everyone to enjoy the ride as few thought we’d be in this position this year.
“We’ve given ourselves a squeak haven’t we, whereas a few months ago everyone had written us off into mediocrity. So let’s enjoy the rollercoaster, grasp it if we possibly can. With eight games to go we are going to need to win six of them probably. Can we do it? We’ll try. You’re hoping as the new manager that you will come in and have an impact, and will have this sort of impact. But fair play to my staff around me, the people have bought into what we want. More importantly, the players have some direction, give them a bit of confidence and all of a sudden we’re a different animal. We need injuries to clear up and find the reason and the solution why but overall we have got to be delighted.”
Six from eight is going to be a tall task but given our current run it certainly shouldn’t be considered beyond us.
Let’s just see what Saturday brings.