Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Neil Thompson believes 60 points could be the minimum for survival this season as teams down the bottom drastically improve, Yorkshire post report.
The Owls have won five of their last seven Championship games.
Neil Thompson’s side, however, are only just above the relegation zone on goal difference while Derby County have a game in hand at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.
Derby, Rotherham United, QPR, Nottingham Forest and the Owls are all in danger of going down. Yet, over the past six games, the five clubs are in the top nine of the form table.
Speaking to reporters, Thompson feels this Championship season could have a record points tally for survival as he looks to maintain his side’s momentum going forward.
“We have won five out of the last seven and six out of the last nine and we are just back in the pack. That tells you what is happening down there and teams are getting results and really energizing themselves and are up for the fight and that is not going to change. If teams keep winning, it could be sixty (points), who knows. A lot of teams are winning at the bottom at the minute and we are having to keep winning to keep tabs on everyone and keep dragging people into it,” Thompson explained.
The Owls are next in action against automatic promotion chasers Swansea City. But Thompson’s side can head into the encounter confident of picking up a result.
Derby beat the Swans 2-0 at Pride Park back in December, while Wednesday tasted victory over fellow promotion contenders Bournemouth last week.
The highest total for a relegated team in recent times was Peterborough United with 54 points back in 2012/13, and on current form that tally could be under threat.
Wednesday can only focus on what they do and that is to keep their run going.