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Sheffield Wednesday striker on sweating it out as Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City take the field – plus a message for ‘unbelievable’ Owls fans

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For Sheffield Wednesday striker Michael Smith, the upcoming Saturday without a game presents a strange feeling, especially considering the high stakes involved in the relegation battle. With Wednesday desperately fighting to secure Championship safety, Smith acknowledges the importance of keeping a close eye on results elsewhere.

Sitting second from bottom in the table, level on points with Huddersfield Town but behind on goal difference, Wednesday finds themselves two points adrift of safety with just three games remaining. As they anxiously await their next fixture, they’ll be hoping for favorable outcomes from key matches involving their relegation rivals.

Huddersfield Town’s clash against Swansea City and Birmingham City’s trip to Rotherham United, managed by former Wednesday boss Steve Evans, are among the fixtures that could significantly impact Wednesday’s fate. Additionally, other teams in the relegation mix, such as QPR and Stoke City, will also be in action.

With so much riding on the outcomes of these games, Smith and his teammates will undoubtedly be following the results closely, hoping for the best as they strive to secure their place in the Championship for another season.

Sheffield Wednesday's Michael Smith is challenged by Stoke City's Michael Rose in last weekend's game at Hillsborough. Picture: Steve Ellis.
For Sheffield Wednesday’s Michael Smith, the upcoming silent Saturday presents a unique and somewhat eerie experience. With no game to focus on, the temptation to check results and updates on social media looms large, despite efforts to stay away from distractions.

Acknowledging the inevitable exposure to match outcomes, Smith emphasizes the importance of focusing solely on what they can control: their performance in Sunday’s crucial clash against Blackburn Rovers. With their Championship survival hanging in the balance, the Owls must remain steadfast in their preparation and mindset.

Despite the absence of a game on Saturday, Smith anticipates a spirited atmosphere at Ewood Park on Sunday, fueled by the impressive support of the traveling Wednesday fans. With a staggering 7,400 supporters expected to rally behind them, Smith believes their vocal backing can serve as a crucial boost for the team in their bid for survival.

Reflecting on the unwavering support of the away fans throughout the season, Smith expresses gratitude for their dedication, even in the face of a relegation battle. He emphasizes the pivotal role they can play as the team’s “12th man,” drawing inspiration from past experiences where their support made a tangible difference.

In a heartfelt plea, Smith calls on the traveling supporters to continue their unwavering support and to stand by the team until the final whistle. He recognizes their pivotal role in the team’s journey and believes their collective energy can propel Wednesday towards a vital victory at Blackburn Rovers.

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