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Ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s season defining game tomorrow, assistant manager Jamie Smith has spoken to the press.
The Owls face Wayne Rooney’s Derby, who have lost their last five games in a row and require a Rotherham draw/loss to stay in the league.
Smith said: “Nervous? No. Excited is the word for me. It’s a game of football we have prepared hard for and we are going there to win. It’s 45 games and all down to the last day.”
Wednesday travel to Pride Park for tomorrow’s 12:30pm kick off desperately needing three points. They must also hope eighth place Cardiff City can overturn fellow South Yorkshire strugglers Rotherham United.
If Rotherham are able to get a win in the Welsh capital, both Wednesday and Derby will be playing League One football next term.
“We’ll be doing everything we can to win the game tomorrow and pick up those three points, and hopefully results will go our way. We want to be positive and go there with belief. It’s a huge game for everyone connected with the club.” Smith said.
Rams manager Wayne Rooney feels the same as Smith. He’ll be hoping his side can take the three points tomorrow and secure safety in the Championship.
Rooney said: “We’ve set up for different scenarios. They could come out and attack us from the off, they could sit in and try and win the game toward the end so we know there’s different ways they could approach it. I’m confident in the way we’re setting up, the approach we have is right regardless of what they do and we’ll be ready.
“Hard work pays off. You get rewarded for that. Their reward will be at 2:30pm on Saturday.”
On New Years’ Day, a Callum Paterson strike separated the teams at Hillsborough, where Wednesday ran out 1-0 winners.
Manager Darren Moore will be hoping for the same outcome tomorrow, as the Owls’ second division status is on the line.