While Sheffield Wednesday have impressed at points this season following their relegation from the Championship, their campaign has largely been defined by inconsistency so far as they search for an immediate return to the second tier.
Following consecutive defeats, including a 5-0 thrashing to Sunderland, and a two-week hiatus, the Owls bounced back earlier in January with a 4-2 victory over playoff-chasing Plymouth Argyle thanks to goals from Sylla Sow, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Sam Hutchinson and Josh Windass, before they were again handed a loss by Oxford United.
Despite leading twice through Barry Bannan and Windass, the Owls eventually left empty-handed as Sam Winnall headed in the decisive goal late on.
Following that disappointment, Darren Moore’s men faced the tough test of a home clash against an in-form Ipswich Town side last time out, and Marvin Johnson’s early goal made the difference as the South Yorkshire outfit stood strong to seal a clean sheet and a three-point haul.
As a result of that, Sheffield Wednesday have now climbed back above the Tractor Boys and up to eighth spot, within six points of the playoff spots, and they will be keen to make it back-to-back wins on Tuesday for the first time since November to continue their pursuit.
Morecambe arrive looking for a victory in their fight at the opposite end of the division, as they look to climb out of the relegation zone.
Following their promotion from League Two last season, the Shrimps had a tough first half to the new campaign sitting in the drop zone at the halfway mark with just 20 points from their opening 23 outings.https://5a066cc8b2f8d7ab1b99c4d0371205fa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0
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However, Stephen Robinson’s side have enjoyed an improvement in their form since the turn of the year, having now earned eight points from their last five games to climb to 21st spot, firstly beating basement side Doncaster Rovers 4-3 and drawing with AFC Wimbledon.
After a narrow defeat to high-flying Wigan Athletic, they faced another tough test against a Wycombe side also chasing promotion, but goals from Anthony O’Connor and Jonah Ayunga saw them level the game before Cole Stockton netted a 67th-minute winner to seal a surprise 3-2 victory on home turf.
Robinson’s side then met Accrington Stanley away from home on Saturday, and an Ayunga brace saw them leave with a 2-2 draw, remaining within a single point of safety, and they will be desperate to continue their improvement to give their survival chances another boost