Wednesday's Nuhiu makes inflammatory comment about upcoming opponents Ipswich Town

Portman Road - Ipswich Town

The Owls star has stoked the fire ahead of Saturday's battle for the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu has told the Sheffield Star he doesn't like Ipswich Town's physical brand of football.

The 26-year-old target man, who stands at 6ft 4in, has labelled Mick McCarthy's side "ugly" ahead of their trip to Hillsborough on Saturday.

Sixth-place Wednesday are eight points ahead of Ipswich going into the game, with the Tractor Boys needing a win to realistically stand a chance of finishing in the Championship's top six.

But if the Suffolk side were looking for motivation, Nuhiu has certainly provided it.

“I have played Ipswich a few times in the last three years,” the Austrian told the Star. “They are one of the most direct and physical teams in the league.

“They are probably one of the ugliest teams to play against. Their style will never change. They have their one way to play.

“Everybody knows Ipswich are a tough team to beat and are always 100 per cent in challenges.

“They work hard and have earned the respect from other teams.”

Wednesday have earned plaudits for implementing an attacking style under Portuguese head coach Carlos Carvalhal and are fearsome opponents on their own turf, having lost twice there all season.

However, Ipswich, who won the previous encounter 2-1 at Portman Road, may find themselves stirred by the striker's comments.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson provoked an angry reaction from Rotherham counterpart Neil Warnock when he called on his players to create an intimidating environment for their relegation rivals ahead of last week's 1-1 draw, with Warnock later claiming that Johnson had done his team talk for him.

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