This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sheffield Wednesday’s survival chances in the Championship hang by a thread, after the Owls were forced to settle for a point against ten-men Bristol City.
The Owls took the lead on the day through Julian Borner, before having the opportunity to double their lead from the penalty spot, as Henri Lansbury was sent-off for a deliberate handball.
But Barry Bannan saw his penalty saved from the penalty-spot, and that proved costly, as Tyreeq Bakinson hit a late equaliser for Nigel Pearson’s side at Hillsborough.
That draw means that Sheffield Wednesday remain 23rd in the second-tier standings, and seven points adrift of safety, with just four matches remaining in this year’s campaign.
But are Sheffield Wednesday’s survival hopes over after this 1-1 draw with Bristol City on Saturday?
I think that it now probably is a good time for Sheffield Wednesday to start thinking about a League One campaign for next season in all honesty.
Admittedly, with their next three games against team who seemingly now have very little to play for in Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, it does seem as though there could be a few opportunities for them to pick up some useful points between now and the end of the season.
However, they have just passed up an opportunity such as that against Bristol City, and it feels like the seven point deficit to safety with just four games left to play that has left them with is just too much to overhaul in that space of time.
Indeed, with other teams in the relegation battle also looking capable of picking up points of their own, it is possible that Wednesday won’t get the chance to bridge the gap they are currently facing, meaning it does seem hard not to imagine that they will be playing third-tier football during the 2021/22 campaign.
Unfortunately for Owls fans I do think it’s pretty much over for them.
Their last four fixtures against Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest and Derby aren’t the toughest on paper at first glance, but the shackles will be off most of those teams due to having nothing to play for.
Bristol City’s late equaliser will have been an absolute hammer blow and it won’t be a surprise to see the players go into a shell because of that as they now know they have a mountain to climb to guarantee survival.
In my opinion, Wednesday need three wins and a draw to stay up now, and I just don’t think it’s going to happen for them.
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Sheffield Wednesday seem to have almost no chance of surviving the drop now after their dropped points against Bristol City. It would take a remarkable set of results for them to get out of trouble at this stage now and they would have no room left for error in their remaining games.
The Owls just do not look capable of securing the amount of points it would need to give them a chance of beating the drop now. A win against ten-man Bristol City would have given them a chance of putting pressure on the likes of Derby County, but the dropped points were very costly.
There is a small glimmer of hope offered by the fact they meet Derby on the last day of the campaign, so if they could make up enough ground on the Rams before that fixture it would leave them an outside chance on the final day.
That though seems very unlikely and it would also rely on how Rotherham performs in the games in hand that they still have on the teams around them.