Owls Fans Column: Crucial month in bid to avoid sliding down the table

Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees
Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees

The Owls have a tough few weeks ahead of them.

In our final fixtures for February we have to play two teams vying for an automatic promotion spot and a team desperate to get out of the relegation zone.

Whilst Wednesday look relatively safe, the onus will be on The Owls to make safety a certainty.

Our celebrated defence has looked a little uncertain since the New Year.

Even the seemingly unflappable Keiren Westwood has appeared agitated and unsure because the defensive line in front isn’t providing the protection he has become accustom to.

Losing captain Glenn Loovens for two months has meant we have lost the experienced voice in defence.

As much as I love Tom Lees he doesn’t have the confident presence to marshal the back line.

On Saturday against Derby County the Owls defence is going to have to be on its guard because The Rams attacking formation has been bolstered with the procurement of Darren Bent, Jesse Lingard and Tom Ince.

However if the midweek 3-3 draw against Rotherham United is an indicator, Derby may be able to score but they are also susceptible to leaking goals.

If only we had the attacking capabilities to take advantage of that.

If we can take points from Derby and Middlesbrough this will keep us from dropping like a stone into the precarious bottom third of the table.

Our best hope for three points is against Millwall on Tuesday but as they proved at Hillsborough earlier this season they don’t roll over easily.

Any points from the rest of the February fixtures will be welcome and will definitely be points well earned. In this league anything is possible.