Atdhe Nuhiu insists Sheffield Wednesday have been “unlucky” at home as they prepare to take on Birmingham City at Hillsborough tonight.
Although the Owls boast one of the best records on the road in the Championship, Stuart Gray’s charges have won just three times in their own back-yard, hitting a meagre seven goals in 13 outings.
Nuhiu told The Star: “We’ve not been good at home. I really don’t know what the problem is.
“We hit the bar twice in the last 10 minutes against Bolton. That’s not the first time that’s happened at home.
“We have had penalty decisions which have not been given. It is not an excuse but we seem to be unlucky at home more than we are away.”
In their last fixture 10 days ago, Wednesday were beaten 2-1 by Bolton Wanderers on their own patch.
“There is always pressure when you play at home because you want to win,” said Nuhiu. “It’s the second home game in a row. We need to pick up points.
“There is pressure in every game but maybe there is a little bit more now because we need to win.”
Owls top-scorer Nuhiu has told his teammates to keep looking up the table as they bid to close the gap on the top-six.
Nuhiu, who has notched seven goals in all competitions this season, said: “There are 20 games to go and a lot can change in that time. The top-10 is still the target to me.
“But I always look up. As long as we can catch them, we will keep on pushing.
“It’s a strange league. You can beat the team who are top and then lose against the team who are bottom.”
Will Keane is in the frame for a starting berth, having arrived on loan from Manchester United last week. Gray is convinced the young striker will add an extra dimension to his forward line.
“Competition always makes you better because you know you need to fight for your place,” said Nuhiu. “It doesn’t matter if it is a striker or midfield player, I always welcome every player who comes.
“It is down to the manager who plays. I hope he [Keane] can help us to get to where we want to be.”