Stuart Gray believes that his players need no further motivation from him for tonight’s showdown with Charlton - and he is appealing for Sheffield Wednesday fans to play their part.
The Owls now have their sights on an FA Cup quarter-final against United and a Wembley semi, boosted by their victory at Huddersfield.
And new signing Sam Hutchinson has revealed that he treats every game like a cup final after emerging from depression to resurrect his career.
Gray promised: “We’ll have a right good go. But there are 11 Charlton players who are going to try to make a difference.
“Really, I don’t need any team talk. My only team talk is to the supporters - come and make it an unbelievable atmosphere. Get the players going and we’ll run ourselves into the ground.”
Hutchinson retired two years ago because of a knee condition but was persuaded by Chelsea to make a comeback.
Hoping to make a full home debut tonight after starring at Huddersfield, he said: “Everyone is excited. Personally, I just look at every game as a bonus. Every game is no different, it’s like a final to me. I have to treat games like that, because I don’t know how I am going to feel for the next game.”
Now feeling fit, he added: “I had lost love for playing football. I never played, I was always injured. I was depressed and it was an easy decision for me. I was in a hole, a rut, and wasn’t training.
“I was working with Chelsea, they said ‘You’re still fit, have a go’. So I came back and six months later I was in the first team.
“I went out on loan to Forest, got injured again, and now find myself at Wednesday.
“It’s all experience and makes you stronger. It’s a bit of a cliche, but it does.”
He said all the Owls players are eager to play tonight: “ They know how big it is to get through. It could be a massive derby, and then Wembley. But Charlton is the key one and we need to focus on that.
“It’s a huge game, and not just because it’s Sheffield United in the next round. It’s a massive thing for the club and city.
“All the lads are buzzing in the dressing room. With the injuries we have had - I have come in and seen how many people are injured, important players - Wednesday have done fantastic to keep the run going. Long may it continue.
“It would be massive to go to Wembley. I have sort of experienced it before, but always just on the edge, or not fit enough to be on the bench.”