Sheffield Wednesday: Owls challenged to channel the spirit of Cardiff

Lee Bullen celebrates Owls' play-off success at the Millenium Stadium in 2005
Lee Bullen celebrates Owls' play-off success at the Millenium Stadium in 2005

Lee Bullen has called for Sheffield Wednesday to conjure up the spirit of Cardiff as they aim to end their 16-year top-flight exile.

Tuesday’s controversial home draw with MK Dons stretched the Owls’ winless streak to three matches.

Despite dropping two points, Carlos Carvalhal’s troops increased their advantage over seventh-placed Cardiff City to six with three fixtures remaining. Wednesday are effectively seven points better off than the Bluebirds due to their vastly superior goal difference in the race to secure a play-off place.

And Bullen, a key member of the Wednesday side who triumphed in the end of season knockout tournament in the Welsh capital 11 years ago, has challenged the present team to finish the regular campaign strongly.

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“The overall season has been great for the supporters and they have really enjoyed the ride,” he told The Star. “But there is still a bit to do.

“We are looking forward to the last three games. There are no easy games in this league. Hopefully we will get ourselves into those play-offs.

“You want to be on a decent run of form going into the play-offs but I have been there as a player. We sneaked into the top-six and went on to get promoted.

“There is no winning formula but, if you gave me the choice, I would rather go in on a good run of form.”

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Although the team failed to beat the Dons, Bullen, who has hinted the Owls will recall Jeremy Helan from his loan stint at Wolves, is convinced they are heading in the right direction.

He said: “The confidence is there. The performance at Bristol City was disappointing but the last two have not been bad at all. We deserved to win both games and we haven’t got the breaks.”

The Scot has spoken of his delight over head coach Carlos Carvalhal extending his Owls stay on Monday.

“Carlos has been great this season,” said Bullen, who stood in for a ‘frustrated’ Carvalhal at the post-match press conference in midweek. “Joao Mario Oliveira, Bruno Lage, Jhony Conceicao and Andy Rhodes have also been excellent.

“I have found it really educating, interesting and different working with Carlos. It is a happy place to work. We have signed good players and got a good coaching staff. We are enjoying it and will enjoy the next few days in preparation for Derby.”

Striker George Hirst registered as Owls Under-21s claimed a 1-0 victory over Barnsley yesterday.

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