IN-form striker Chris O’Grady is convinced Sheffield Wednesday are well equipped to be involved in the automatic promotion shake-up in League One.
O’Grady, who played a starring role in the Owls’ 2-1 triumph at Wycombe Wanderers, is backing Gary Megson’s troops to maintain the pressure on Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town at the top over the autumn period.
The table-topping Addicks have suffered just one defeat in 16 outings and are five points ahead of Wednesday while the second-placed Terriers - who haven’t lost for a remarkable 41 regular league games, going back to last December - remain two clear following a 1-0 win at Yeovil Town.
But O’Grady, who formed a promising partnership with Ryan Lowe at Adams Park in top scorer Gary Madine’s absence due to suspension, feels Wednesday are on the up and should be considered genuine promotion contenders.
The former Rotherham United player said: “There is no reason why we can’t be up there. We have definitely got the strength in depth to challenge for the top two and I certainly think we have shown that in the last few matches.
“We had a few negative results at the start of the season when everyone was still getting to know each other but things are starting to click into place now.”
O’Grady, who opened his Owls account in the Steel City derby, reckons the team’s objective has to be to average two points per match - “That is generally promotion form and that is where we are at now,” he said.
Wednesday boast the division’s best home record with seven straight victories, but they effectively trail Charlton and Huddersfield by an extra point because of the superior goal difference of their rivals.