Irvine joy as Wednesday roll continues

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Alan Irvine the Sheffield Wednesday manager, warned his side they still have a lot of work to do to avoid relegation despite their third win in succession since his appointment moving the Owls five points clear of the drop zone on Saturday.

Two goals from Marcus Tudgay earned Wednesday a 2-1 home victory over bottom club Peterborough to make it nine points out of nine for Irvine since he arrived at the club earlier this month. "It's a great start but we still need an awful lot more wins and the moment we think that the job is done, then we will have problems again," Irvine said. "Momentum is really valuable and I hope it keeps going.

"I was really concerned about the game in terms of how the players might approach it mentally and we've talked about that really since the final whistle at Blackpool through to the start of the game. And I have to say they really took all of that on board and responded brilliantly."

Blackpool bounced back from their midweek home defeat to Wednesday to snatch a 3-2 win over Watford to move back into the top six in the table. Late goals from Keith Southern and Brett Ormerod turned the game around for the Seasiders and delighted the assistant manager Steve Thompson.

"We've played well in our past few home games and not got what we've deserved but we're not just a team here, we're a squad and we keep everyone involved," Thompson said. "It was end-to-end stuff in the dying stages and thankfully we got the break that we deserved."

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough attracted their lowest-ever league crowd to the Riverside – 16,847 – for the disappointing 1-1 draw with Swansea.

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