Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce seeks milestone triumph

REGARDLESS of whether Sheffield Wednesday manage to gate-crash the play-offs or not in these final few weeks of the season, Steve Bruce admits: “I could not have asked for any more from my players.”

Milestone: Owls manager Steve Bruce.

The Owls head to Elland Road on the back of a stirring 13-game run under Bruce that has yielded 24 points and just one defeat.

A place in the top six is still possible, though victories for Aston Villa and Bristol City in midweek mean Wednesday are six points adrift with just five games to play.

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“It has been a good few months,” Bruce told The Yorkshire Post. “The players have taken on what we have said and brought the motivation we demand.

“Of course, it helps when you get a couple of good results early on. That always lifts a new manager, whether he is on 800-odd games as I was or just starting out.

“In fairness to the players, they have bought into everything we are trying to do. I could not have asked for any more from my players.”

Bruce heads to Elland Road today for what will be his 900th game in management. He is hoping for a repeat of one particular previous visit that stands out from his reign at Hull City.

“I had only been at Hull a few weeks when we went to Leeds,” he added.

“‘Elmo’ (Ahmed Elmohamady) had just signed and we looked a really good team that night.

“We won 3-2 and that gave everyone the belief we could achieve something. We had started the season at 50-1 (for promotion) so an early result like that was huge.

“Hopefully, we can get the same result this year. We have given ourselves a chance (of the play-offs). An outside chance, if we are honest. But it is a chance all the same. Beating Leeds United can only help those chances.”