It’s no secret that Sheffield Wednesday face a tough ask if they are to turn their poor run of form around on Friday – as their local rivals will be looking to add to their woes this season.
The Owls have lost four games in a row which has seen Jos Luhukay’s position in charge of the side come under intense pressure from the club’s supporters.
They take on Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United who are just a point behind Leeds who currently occupy top-spot in the Championship, so they will come into this one full of confidence.
Owls striker Steven Fletcher has admitted that his team-mates are still confident coming into the Steel City derby, despite their recent poor run of form.
‘The mood is still high, the boys are upbeat, it’s a massive game and we are looking forward to it’, Fletcher revealed via the club’s official website.
‘If you don’t look forward to a game like this then you’re in the wrong job.
‘It will be a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a good game for us to go into.’
The Scotsman is keen to turn around their disappointing run and admitted that a win over their local rivals would be the perfect way to kick-start their season.
‘This is a good game to put things right.
‘To lose four games on the bounce is never nice but if there’s somewhere to put it right, then Bramall Lane would be a good place to start.’
Jos Luhukay will come into the local derby under a huge amount of pressure, and you fear that a defeat to the Blades could be the final nail in the coffin for him in charge of Sheffield Wednesday.
There’s no doubt that the atmosphere is going to be a lively one on Friday evening, but I find it difficult to see the Owls getting a positive result against their promotion-chasing rivals who will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.