Wednesday still in play-offs hunt says Maguire

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

From relegation candidates to the relative comfort of mid-table.

This time last year, the Owls sat third-from-bottom in the Championship with 19 points, having recorded just two clean sheets all season.

Twelve months on, they are 12 points better off,from one match more, and boast one of the meanest defences in the division, with goalkeeper Keiren Westwood chalking up 12 shut outs in all competitions.

Chris Maguire said: “We know if we keep winning and picking up points we can be right up there and not be too far away from the play-offs.”

Head coach Stuart Gray claimed the team “could do better” in the second half of the campaign: “We have been 1-0 up, dominated, and been punished for not getting the second goal,” said Gray, who hopes skipper Glenn Loovens (hamstring) will be available for selection at Wigan Athletic tomorrow night.

“Personally, I think we have thrown away eight points where we would now be a little bit healthier. But it’s what we have got, where we are, and it’s something to build on.”

Maguire is convinced a play-off challenge is still possible. He added: “We are aiming to get higher than where we are in the second half of the season.”