Tomorrow’s Roses battle is an all or nothing showdown for both clubs.
That is the opinion of utility player Jeremy Helan as draw specialists Sheffield Wednesday prepare to entertain second-from-bottom Wigan Athletic.
Just five points separate the two clubs and the pressure is mounting on Owls head coach Stuart Gray after a run of 10 matches without a win in the Championship.
Helan told The Star: “It’s a must win for both teams. When you look at Wigan’s squad, they have got some quality players.
“We know it’s going to be a very hard battle if they turn up and are at it. Hopefully they won’t.”
Despite Wigan’s precarious league position, Helan is under no illusions at the size of the task facing Wednesday as they chase their second home win of the season.
“It wasn’t that long ago Wigan were in the Premier League and won the FA Cup,” said the Frenchman. “They reached the play-offs last year so they are a big team.”
With Joe Mattock sidelined through injury, Helan has seamlessly slotted into the left-back role.
“I have played there before so it’s not something new to me,” he said.
Lewis McGugan, on loan from Watford, made his debut versus Huddersfield and Helan believes the midfielder can help solve their goal shortage.
He said: “Lewis has settled in well. You can see he’s a midfield player who gives us options. He’s good on the ball and should be a good addition to the squad.
“The strikers need service and Lewis can help with that. We need everyone to chip in and for goals to come from everywhere.”