Barry Bannan claims Sheffield Wednesday owe their fans a good performance against Brighton after poor run

Carlos Carvalhal's side have failed to win any of their last four Championship games.

Barry Bannan has insisted that Sheffield Wednesday owe their fans a better performance when they come up against Brighton on Tuesday after their recent run saw their promotion hopes take a dent, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Owls are without a win in their last four games in the Championship, and fell to a surprise defeat in their most recent game which was a Yorkshire derby against relegation candidates Rotherham. And Bannan explained that it is time for the players to repay the fans for their support by getting back to winning ways against their promotion rivals.

"The fans have been unbelievable all season," he told the Star.

"They have come everywhere to cheer us on, no matter whether it's a Tuesday night at Brighton or on a Saturday afternoon.

“They are always there backing us in their thousands. We thrive on that as players. We owe the supporters a performance as we have not been good enough in recent weeks. We have not really performed. We have shown bits and bobs but we have not shown enough to win the games."

While the former Aston Villa midfielder is looking to use the supporters' faith as motivation for the clash against the Seagulls, Carlos Carvalhal will be reminding his players that another defeat could prove extremely harmful to their hopes of remaining in the play-off places.

Cardiff have managed to move level on points with Wednesday, while both Birmingham and Ipswich are just one point adrift of the club but have a game in hand. 

And with Brighton unbeaten in their last three - scoring eight and conceding none along the way - the Owls will arguably have to play at their very best to give the supporters the performance that Bannan thinks they deserve. 

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