Boss Carlos Carvalhal has warned his Sheffield Wednesday players to guard against complacency despite their march up the Championship table.
The Owls welcome lowly Preston North End to Hillsborough this weekend looking to stretch their unbeaten run to five matches.
Saturday’s 2-1 success at Brentford lifted Wednesday up to 11th in the standings and secured their third successive win in all competitions. It is the first time Owls have achieved that feat since December 2012.
Having brought in 15 new players over the summer, Carvalhal is pleased with how his new-look side is progressing.
Carvalhal said: “We needed patience and time but we are improving game by game.”
But the likeable Portuguese chief told The Star: “We can’t sleep because in the Championship if you sleep one minute, the opponent will kill you so I am here to wake everybody up.
“Everyone understands that team work is the key. If everyone puts the team first, we can be successful.”
It is no secret Wednesday, despite their impressive form, are still scouring the loan market in search of a new striker. They recently expressed an interest in Sunderland’s Danny Graham and been linked with Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard. It is understood Glenn Roeder, a member of Wednesday’s sporting committee, watched Lingard in action last week.
Owls’ development squad, meanwhile, take on Brentford at Middlewood Road today, kick-off 2pm, still searching for their first victory. They have drawn three out of their opening five tussles.