Sheffield Wednesday: ‘Impossible’ to avoid the table

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GIVEN Sheffield Wednesday’s battle to retain their Championship status, Danny Pugh believes it is “impossible not” to constantly be looking at the table.

The Owls are languishing in the lower reaches of the division despite losing just two out of their last 13 matches.

Pugh, on loan from Leeds United until the end of the season, said: “With the run we have had, we would have thought we would pulled away more than we have.

“We have to keep level heads and keep doing what we are doing. It is impossible not to check the results and table. But we have to focus on ourselves. We know we have got enough to get out of there (trouble).”

Pugh is keeping tight-lipped over his long-term future. He is determined to help the Owls move away from the relegation quicksand. Pugh reckons a point would be a good result at third-placed Watford tonight and that they need four more wins to guarantee survival.

Wednesday manager Dave Jones, meanwhile, has revealed back-up goalkeeper Stephen Bywater missed their win over Crystal Palace after suffering a triple fracture in his cheekbone in training the day before. He is currently wearing a protective mask and was an unused substitute against Nottingham Forest.

Nicky Weaver will be sidelined for the rest of the season after having a hand operation.