DAVE Jones is refusing to write off the Owls’ chances of overtaking Charlton.
The Wednesday manager believes that, with seven games left for his third-placed team, they must be prepared to take advantage of any slip by the leaders.
Jones is also conscious that second-placed Sheffield United are presenting their own challenge, and Huddersfield and MK Dons, in fourth and fifth spots, have promotion ambitions.
“There are a couple of other clubs who are chasing hard; Sheffield United are looking over their shoulders because we are chasing them,” he says.
“I still don’t think the top spot is out of the question just yet. We are eight points (behind), Sheffield United six points.
“Anything is possible while there are still enough points there. We have to keep chasing. If you give up on it and take your foot off the gas and they (Charlton) do falter, then you’ll kick yourself.
“So we are now full foot to the floor in everything we do, whether it be training, the way we approach it or what I play. Everything is full throttle now and that’s the way it’s got to be right to the end.”
Jones and the Owls are buoyed by a haul of 13 points from his first five games in charge. The manager also believes that last week’s 1-0 win at Leyton Orient saw the most complete performance of his reign.
After making four changes for that game he is not ruling out further tinkering against Preston tomorrow to freshen the team up again and keep players on their toes.
New loan signings Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy are in contention for full debuts after playing as subs at Brisbane Road.
Danny Batth is fit after missing out last week because of a hamstring niggle.
Jones expects Preston to respond to their home 3-1 defeat by Brentford: “They’ll want to come to Hillsborough and play well. We know the pitfalls. We just have to make sure we don’t fall into them.”