Lee Johnson declares whether Wednesday will make the play-offs or not

Sheffield Wednesday

The Bristol City manager has been impressed by Owls counterpart Carlos Carvalhal.

Sheffield Wednesday ended a run of five games without a win in emphatic style, beating Nottingham Forest 3-0 at the City Ground on Saturday.

Despite their poor form of late, the Owls have clung on to the final play-off spot, though seventh-placed Cardiff City are right on their tails after overcoming top-half rivals Ipswich Town 1-0.

Carlos Carvalhal's team - who play the Bluebirds at Hillsborough in a potential sixth-place decider in April - have not been out of the top six since the start of February, and are being backed to stay there by a rival Championship manager.

Responding to Kelly Cates' suggestion that Wednesday have struggled of late, Bristol City's Lee Johnson told Channel 5's Football League tonight show: "Yeah, but he's done very, very well the manager Carlos [Carvalhal].

"They've invested heavily in the squad and I think they'll make it - I think they'll make the play-offs. I think they're good enough."

Johnson, whose team also face the Owls next month, added: "He's got them playing with a real energy, a real tempo. Like you say, [they play] good football. In this division there's so much pressure on getting promoted that it's brave to play good football.

"Generally, there's better football, that I've noticed, in League One, as far as keeping the ball on the ground. This league is very physical, very strong, and they're maintaining their footballing principles which are standing them in good stead."

Wednesday were boosted by the return of Fernando Forestieri at the City Ground, after the Italian had missed three of their previous four matches through suspension.

Forestieri set up Gary Hooper for the Owls' second goal and won the ball back in the lead up to their opener.

But Wednesday's win came at a cost, with another key player, Barry Bannan, set to miss the club's next three matches, having been shown a straight red card for a tackle on Eric Lichaj.

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