Midfielder Lewis McGugan is urging his Sheffield Wednesday teammates to show togetherness as they look to turnaround their faltering Championship campaign.
Stuart Gray’s troops were booed off after Saturday’s goalless home draw to Brighton and Hove Albion, a result which leaves them in 11th position and a whopping 13 points adrift of the play-off placings.
Despite their six-match winless streak, McGugan, who rejoined the club on transfer deadline day a fortnight ago, is confident they will soon rediscover a winning formula.
“It’s important everyone sticks together,” he told The Star. “We are 11th in the table. It’s very tight in the league.
“There are a lot of teams below us and we are still looking up and a few more wins will put us in a better position.
“We have to stick together, keep doing what we are doing and hopefully it will turnaround.
“Brighton is another point on the board so we will take the point and move on.”
McGugan, on loan from Watford until the end of the season, has defended Owls’ mis-firing attack after they failed to score for the ninth time in 16 Hillsborough fixtures.
“As a team and squad, we can’t let them take all the heat,” he admitted. “They are there to score goals and, at the moment, they are not going in but they are getting in the right areas.
“While I’ve been here, I wouldn’t say there is a lack of confidence in the squad. Everyone is positive. Maybe it might take for someone to shoot and for it to go in off somebody’s backside to start the ball rolling.
“We might be snatching at things. If we weren’t creating chances and getting in the positions to score, then it would become alarming. Hopefully they will start falling for us.”
Owls head coach Gray has confirmed captain Glenn Loovens is unlikely to return to action until April after damaging his ankle in training last week.
McGugan said: “It’s massive to lose Glenn but injuries are part and parcel of the game. They come when you least expect it. It is a blow but there are people ready to step in and they now have an opportunity to show what they can do.”
Wednesday are awaiting scan results on Will Keane, who suffered a medial knee ligament injury last weekend. The Manchester United loanee was forced off at half-time and replaced by Atdhe Nuhiu.
Gray said: “Will left the ground in a brace and we’ll see what the scan shows.”
Another player receiving treatment from Owls’ medical staff is the influential Jose Semedo.
The midfield grafter came off versus Brighton because of an ankle problem.
“He got an infection in the toe and the swelling has gone into the ankle and he had two knocks on it against Brighton,” revealed Gray. “It’s as big as a balloon so he couldn’t carry on.”
Wednesday’s Under-18s, meanwhile, recorded a 1-0 triumph in their friendly with Swedish side IFK Gothenburg at Middlewood Road courtesy of a Fraser Preston strike.