Assistant manager Paul Wilkinson believes the Owls can upset the odds at St Mary’s this evening and progress into the next round of the Capital One Cup.
Although Wednesday find themselves in the midst of a slump in league form, Wilkinson is confident that hard work and determination will put the Owls back on track.
He said: “We all know in football, hard work, determination and the will to turn things around has got to be the way forward.
“We have been on such a terrific run but sometimes you do get things that go against you.
“We’ve had one or two injuries at the wrong times over the past few games but we are determined to put it right as quickly as possible.”
Southampton, who picked up their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday with a thumping 4-1 success over Aston Villa, will no doubt provide a stern test for Wednesday.
Saints boss Nigel Adkins has indicated he will make changes for the cup-tie by introducing Development Squad players into the equation, but Wilkinson is fully expecting a tough game.
He explained: “Every game now is a huge challenge for us.
“We played Bolton on Saturday who have just come down from the Premier League.
“We are playing a Premier League team tonight and then we face another ex-Premier League side from last season, Wolves on Saturday, so it’s as hard a week as we could get.
“But you look forward to coming up against these teams and testing yourselves against quality opposition.”
Wilkinson added: “When Championship teams go to Premier League teams in the cup competitions, there is always the chance of an upset.
“So many Championship sides have experience of playing in the top flight and know how to deal with the occasion. That’s what we’re here for, it’s what we have striven to get to and we knew when we won promotion that would be the case.”