Sheffield Wednesday defender Jack Hunt says there is no sense of panic in the Owls dressing room as they look to prevent a poor run of form becoming much more than that.
After a good run in early February, Carlos Carvalhal’s side have now won just once in their last six and only a stutter from seventh-placed play-off challengers Fulham in the past two games has prevented Wednesday from dropping out of the top six.
Now, with the international break giving the squad some breathing space and the opportunity to address the problems that have caused the dip in form, Hunt believes that there is no reason for fans to be worried about missing out on the play-offs.
And while other sides have been talked up this season, the 26 year-old insists the Owls are only worried about themselves and not what their rivals are doing.
“Everyone can say Fulham are coming up, Leeds, Reading, Huddersfield are doing well but we can’t worry about anyone else,” he said.
“We have to just concern ourselves with what we can do and if we can string a few results together we are confident we can make the play offs.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen, as long as we take care of ourselves and can’t have any complaints at the end of the season then I’m sure everyone will be happy.”
Carvalhal’s men suffered a wobble towards the end of last season, too, but managed to do enough to book their top-six spot and eventually made it to Wembley, where they would narrowly lose out on a Premier League place to Hull in front of tens of thousands of Wednesdayites.
However, Hunt says he and his team mates will not be looking back to last season for experience.
“We know what we did last season but this season is totally different and every season is totally different,” he added.
Like his head coach and a few other players, former Huddersfield and Crystal Palace full-back Hunt says the international break has proven timely, coming as it does after Friday night’s 2-0 defeat to Reading at Hillsborough.
“I think it’s come at a really good time for us,” he admitted. “Whether we won or lost the game against Reading it had come at a good time. With a defeat it gives us time to go away, train hard through the week, spend time with our families, clear our heads and then come into April where the games are thick and fast. There are a lot of games and that means quickly we can turn it around.”