Anthony Gardner says that consistency will remain key for the Owls this season – on both a personal and team level.
The rangy defender has proved a rock at the heart of the Wednesday defence in the team’s recent revival and he attributes that to regular football and maintaining fitness.
He said: “I’m happy with my level of performances so far.
“It’s simple really, the more games you play, the better you’ll perform. It’s all about that consistency.
“You’re always going to pick up injuries in football, that’s part and parcel of the job we do, especially when you’re playing a lot of games in a really tough league.
“It’s inevitable to get knocks and strains.
“Touch wood, I’m not doing too badly this season - I just want to stay fit and keep performing for Wednesday.”
Following a lean start to the campaign, the Owls have since moved from owning one of the most porous rearguards to one of the meanest.
And Gardner cites a logical reason, stating:
“That’s come as a result of a better understanding between the defenders.
“It takes a bit of time to get used to your defensive partners after joining a new club.
“Now we’re becoming more confident with each other, we’ve tightened things up and we’re looking to keep that going.”
He added: “It’s good to have a goalkeeper of Chris Kirkland’s calibre behind you.
“It gives you such a confidence boost knowing you have a capable keeper between the posts.
“He’s a top player and a good voice, too - he’s got a lot of experience throughout his career, and is a good guy to have in the dressing room, too.”