SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: It’s still in their hands says Dave Jones

Ready to play: Keith Treacy could start if Michail Antonio is unfit
Ready to play: Keith Treacy could start if Michail Antonio is unfit

SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones says the second automatic promotion spot is still very much in the hands of Sheffield United as the season approaches its final two matches.

The Owls are the closest they’ve been to the Blades, - when both have played the same amount of matches - since March 17 when United were ahead on goal difference.

But with momentum seemingly swinging in the favour of Wednesday after their dramatic victory on Saturday over Carlisle and Danny Wilson’s team losing at MK Dons, Jones has been quick to point out that the Blades are still very much in charge of their own destiny.

“We have to hope that they do slip up, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

“We’re playing catch-up - they’re in the driving seat by one point.”

The teams are next in action on Saturday, with Wednesday travelling to ninth-placed Brentford for a 3pm kick-off and United at home to play-off-chasing Stevenage at home later that evening.

It gives the Owls a chance to go ahead of their rivals before a ball has been kicked at Bramall Lane.

However, Jones said United are still favourites, with their match being in Sheffield and Wednesday’s in London.

“They’ve still got the advantage on us and they’re at home next week and we’re away. So we have got to do our job and see where it leads us to,” he said.

Jones is hoping to have match-winner Michail Antonio available after the winger

damaged his shoulder in the Carlisle match.

The injury was aggravated further during the goal celebrations when Nile Ranger leaped on the 22-year-old to congratulate him.

Jones said if the on-loan Londoner was ruled out he’d be comfortable with whoever replaced him.

Keith Treacy is the most likely to get his first start for the club.

Jones said: “I thought when Keith came on he did well. He’s been unlucky not to be playing.

“Prutts (David Prutton), Lowey (Ryan Lowe), Chris O’Grady are in there. There’s Sedge (Chris Sedgwick). DJ (Daniel Jones) is back. We’ve got lots coming back, which is great for us.”