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Long way to go

13 March 2013

Chris Kirkland has said the Owls must keep their foot firmly on the gas and maintain their focus in the run-in with plenty of football still to be played.

Wednesday have ten games of the season remaining and with a total of 30 points on the line, Kirkland insists his side must keep up the good form they have shown over the past 15 games.

The Owls have proved a tough nut to crack of late with just three defeats in 15 Championship outings and won a valuable three points last time out on the road against Leicester.

Kirkland said: “Over the last 15 or 16 games we’ve been pretty solid and it’s a good job as well because the teams at the bottom have been picking up points.

“Saturday’s game against Leicester was a great win and a must win because it’s so tight down there at the moment.

“We knew if we went to Leicester with a gameplan to keep it tight, then with the players we have got on the flanks and up front, we could cause a lot of problems.

“It was a great team effort, the staff prepared us well and it came off on the day.”


Wednesday are now set for a clash against top of the table Cardiff at Hillsborough on Saturday, who have had a minor blip of late with just one win in five – in what has otherwise been an excellent season for the Welsh outfit.

The Bluebirds are currently four points clear at the summit after their midweek draw with Leicester, while the Owls are four points off the drop zone.

Kirkland added: “The thing we can’t afford to do is take our foot off the gas.

“We have to keep doing what we have been doing and if we do that, then hopefully we’ll be ok.

“We don’t want to make excuses, the truth is earlier in the season we weren’t good enough, we had a lot of new players and it takes time to gel, but the simple fact is that we didn’t do well enough.

“It’s not over yet, we’ve got a long way to go so we need to prepare as well as we can, train as hard as we can and also hope for a little bit of luck on the day.”

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