Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees discusses importance of final eight games in Championship promotion race

The Owls are currently in the top six with eight games to go.

Tom Lees has suggested that the final eight games of the season is the most important run of fixtures that a lot of the Sheffield Wednesday squad have had in their entire career, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Owls go into the international break situated in the play-off places in the Championship, but know that any slip-ups could well be punished as there are a group of teams that are not that far adrift of them. 

And Lees explained how important it is that the team maintain their recent form if they hope to ensure that they extend their season, and perhaps, earn a trip to Wembley.

"I think everyone in the dressing room is in the same mood; we are really focused. It's probably the biggest seven weeks in a lot of our careers," he told the Star.

"We have to live our jobs for the next seven weeks, really knuckle down, be together and professional."

Although Carlos Carvalhal's men endured a five-game winless run not so long ago, their two most recent results confirmed that they have the quality to see off the challenge that may come from the likes of Cardiff, Ipswich or Birmingham.

Saturday's 3-0 victory over Charlton was their second emphatic win in a row, having beaten Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline the previous week. And while the international break may prevent their momentum carrying over into the next game, the two wins will give Wednesday plenty of confidence that they can do the same to any of the teams they are set to come up against in their final eight games.

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