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Sheffield Wednesday were forced to settle for a point against Derby County on Wednesday evening, as they dropped out of the play-off places after a 1-1 draw.
Steven Fletcher’s 11th goal of the season was cancelled out by a late Chris Martin penalty to leave the Owls supporters somewhat frustrated on the night.
Garry Monk and the club’s supporters will be keen to see their side put together a strong run of form heading into the festive period, where it could prove to make or break their bid to finish inside the top-six this term.
One player that they’ll be without for the next two games though is Sam Hutchinson, with the midfielder picking up his tenth booking of the season to date.
This means that he’ll now miss the games against both Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, in what are certain to be tricky tests for Monk’s side as they look to send out a statement to their promotion-chasing rivals.
Hutchinson has been a regular in the Sheffield Wednesday team this season, and will leave a sizeable void in the heart of the Owls midfield.
But his absence could be the ideal opportunity for another Owls outcast to stake his claim to Garry Monk heading into the festive period.
That player is Joey Pelupessy. The 26-year-old has rarely featured in Sheffield Wednesday’s league campaign so far, and was recently used as a makeshift central defender.
But with Hutchinson out, it gives Pelupessy a chance to battle with Kieran Lee for a starting spot in Garry Monk’s squad for the remainder of the season.
The Dutchman has been restricted to just four league appearances in total this term, and will know that he has to showcase his talent as soon as possible, to save his future at the club.
Pelupessy is out of contract at the end of this year’s campaign, and will know that his days at Hillsborough are numbered if he continues to be frozen out of the starting XI.
But with games coming thick and fast now, the midfielder could be in line to feature against both Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, and it’s vital that he makes a good impression on the Sheffield Wednesday boss, otherwise it seems difficult to see much of a future for Pelupessy.