MEMORIES of how Sheffield Wednesday secured promotion last season are fuelling the team’s fight against relegation back to League One says defender Lewis Buxton.
The right back, who has not missed a start for the Owls since the Burnley away match on October 2 last year, has once again been one of the most consistent figures in Dave Jones’ team. He said that even with nine matches to play the Wednesday squad is well aware of how quickly things can change.
And with Barnsley and then Bristol City in quick succession over Easter, Buxton says a lot can change.
He told The Star: “You only have to look at last season. It’s a short period of time but there are so many points to play for.
“Having said that, I’m going to say what we always say in this situation and that’s we’ll only deal with the next match.
“All we can look at is beating Barnsley and then move on from there.”
While Buxton’s run of 30 consecutive starts is impressive, Wednesday will be without fellow ‘iron man’ Michail Antonio for the first time this season as he starts his recovery from a serious groin injury. Antonio missed just the FA Cup third round home tie against MK Dons in January as he racked up 42 appearances this season.
Buxton doesn’t believe that Antonio’s workload contributed to the winger’s injury and believes Wednesday have sufficient depth in their squad to compensate for his absence.
He said: “Michail is a very direct, important player for us.
“But we’ve got people who will step in and we can’t dwell on him not being there too much - we’ve just got to get on with it.
“I don’t think the amount of games he played had anything to do with him getting injured when he did.
“You want to play all the time and I know he wanted to play. When you’re a young lad you want to be out there playing.
“When he got injured (against Cardiff on March 16) the lad hopped on his back and pushed him down.”
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