Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan insists that he is determined to repay the club’s fans ahead of tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Manchester City, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
Garry Monk’s side have endured a miserable 2020 in the Championship so far, winning just one of their last eight league games as their hopes of a place in the top six tail away.
Their recent victory against relegation-threatened Charlton Athletic gave the Owls a much needed three points at Hillsborough, with Stephen Fletcher’s 94th-minute winner providing a sense of relief for the fans in dramatic fashion.
After starting the campaign brightly and once occupying a spot in the play-off places, Monk will know his side’s performances have to drastically improve if they are to narrow down the eight-point gap between themselves and sixth-placed Preston North End.
Monk will also be hoping his side can start to improve on Wednesday night when they face the Citizens, who are fresh off the back of their Carabao Cup success over Aston Villa – their third success in three years in the competition.
Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the tie at Hillsborough, Bannan stated the importance of giving the Owls fans something to shout about on the night.
“I think our best performances have come when our backs have been against the wall”, he said. “It’s going to be difficult but we want to put on a performance that the fans can be proud of.
“We want to put on a good performance. Because of recent results there probably is more pressure on this. We know it’s a big ask but there is no point going out there if you don’t believe.”
The Owls are also in action in West London on Saturday as they travel to promotion hopefuls Brentford in the Championship, with Monk hopeful his side can do the double over Thomas Frank’s side following Fletcher’s brace giving Wednesday all three points in December.