Sheffield Wednesday to face Accrington Stanley after “perfect day” on Saturday

Written by Katya Witney

After their dominant display against Cambridge United on Saturday, Sheffield Wednesday will face Accrington Stanley at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening as they begin their final push to reach the play-offs.

The Owls will face the 12th placed team after the Lancashire side’s home victory against Charlton Athletic on Saturday as they enter their final 10 league games of the season.

Looking ahead to the fixture after his side’s powerful display on Saturday, Wednesday manager Darren Moore said to the media: “My message is clear to the boys, we put a line through this and we move on to Tuesday which will be another tough test.

“Everybody has come off the pitch okay and as we look towards the game on Tuesday it is probably going to be the same groups of players. It’s a quick turn around and we will just be focusing on Tuesday.”

The Hillsborough side sit one place below a play-off qualification position with just seven weeks of competition left as they bid for promotion to the Championship after being relegated last year.

Moore said of his side’s play-off hopes: “First and foremost, physically and mentally we are in good form. But it is the old cliché, one game at a time in terms of how we are approaching it. We can’t look too far ahead, there is a lot of football to be played.”

Wednesday will look to build on their scintillating performance at Hillsborough on Saturday where they scored four goals in the first half and ultimately beat 15th placed Cambridge United 6-0 courtesy of a hat-trick from Saido Berahino.

On the performance Moore said: “It was a perfect day for Sheffield Wednesday. The fans have witnessed a team today that is clearly in the ascendancy.

“I’m really pleased, it was an emphatic win for us this afternoon. It was a game that we controlled from start to finish, we came out of the blocks really quick and managed and controlled the game from there. A worthy three points.”

It was former Premier League striker Berahino’s first hat-trick for the Owls, and he received a standing ovation from the delighted home fans.

On Berahino’s performance, Moore said: “I’m pleased for him because of the work he has done behind the scenes on his physicality, he’s been excellent really and what you saw today was him being in total control of the ball. Credit to him for the work that he’s done which has been unseen.”

Lee Gregory made his first start for the Owls since injuring his foot in January and managed 58 minutes of play. He has scored eight league goals for the team this season.

There were also positive signs on Saturday for defender Dominic Iorfa, who came on in the 58th minute for Sam Hutchinson in his bid to return to full fitness after injuring his hip in December.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Accrington Stanley will kick-off at 7:45pm at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening.

Written by Katya Witney

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