Owls star hoping for winning run
SOCCER O’CONNOR LOOKING FOR PROMOTION PUSH
SPEAKING BEFORE his side’s dramatic 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on Saturday, Sheffield Wednesday midfielder James O’Connor spoke about how he hoped that match could kick start a winning run for the Owls but that concentration was the key.
The draw with Birmingham, shown live on Sky Sports, looked set to be going Wednesday’s way after a dangerous O’Connor cross was converted at the second time of asking by Lewis Buxton before Kevin Phillips struck in the 93rd minute to break Sheffield hearts.
But this result will surely please O’Connor, and he thinks it’s time for his team to go find their form.
‘We need to go on an unbeaten run and I think we’re capable,’ said the Wicklow man.
O’Connor said that it was important they put last week’s midweek defeat to Nottingham Forest behind them, starting with Birmingham, and it looks like his game plan worked.
‘We’ve got a big run of games, but I think it’s important to look at Birmingham first and take each game as it comes.
‘We have to put them behind us. Hopefully we can get stuck into Birmingham and make it difficult for them, we’ve been quite strong at home so I don’t think we’ve got anything to fear,’
The midfield hard-man also believes he and his team-mates are still in with a chance of making the play-offs, but their next few games could either make that dream more realistic or crush it completely.
‘If you look at the last couple of years the teams generally have put a run together and sneaked into the play-offs. I think you need to be positive and try to remain unbeaten. After these next four games we will have a much better idea of what we can and can’t achieve.’