The Owls can still make the play-offs but being four points behind sixth place with two to play, leaves them needing snookers, so to speak.
Steve Bruce accepts they will more than likely miss out but that should not detract from the job he has done since taking charge in February.
Wednesday were in 16th place when Bruce took the reins, his first game in charge being a 1-0 win at Ipswich on February 2.
North End were the first opponents for Wednesday in December after they parted company with Jos Luhukay.
Lee Bullen was handed the caretakers coat for the clash at Hillsborough which saw the home side win 1-0.
They have only lost three times in the Championship since Luhukays final game, the Owls very much a club who look to be on the up.
That said, they have a big summer ahead with a number of players still to sort out their futures and financial fair play to comply with.
He is looking to increase the amount of experience in Prestons squad this summer and points to the Yorkshire club already having that in abundance.
Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood could be available for the Championship clash with Preston North End on Saturday, according to the Sheffield Star.