Ahead of facing EFL Championship leaders Norwich City tomorrow evening, Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has admitted that claiming a playoff place will be “very difficult”.
The Owls come into the clash – which will be live on Fox Sports 1 from 20h40 CAT – on the back of a 1-0 loss away to title contenders Leeds United last weekend.
The result sees them placed 10th on the log, four places and six points adrift of the playoff berths. Breaking into the top six looks like a long-shot for Wednesday.
“There is still a bit to play for, with Bristol at home (on Monday), but there are two or three others – we are not just chasing one,” Bruce said. “There are two or three other teams who won on Saturday so it is going to be very difficult.
“We have lost two games in a week. I have been here the best part of four months now and we have lost another where we didn't deserve to lose.”
The Owls held Leeds at Elland Road but Jack Harrison's strike in the 65th minute was enough to puncture their resistance, with Marcelo Bielsa’s greatly impressing the veteran manager.
“They are chalk and cheese to what they were last season,” an impressed Bruce explained.
“The transformation in the last 12 months is there for all to see. For a team that finished mid-table, the turnaround is quite remarkable. Fair play to Leeds.
“There is (Patrick) Bamford who has come in. But, basically, this is the same personnel. I take my hat off to him (Bielsa). A breath of fresh air, that is what he has been.
“A very, very good outfit. I have seen them a few times. Their fitness levels and intensity they play at made things very difficult for us.”