Owls star hop­ing for winning run

SOC­CER O’CON­NOR LOOKING FOR PRO­MO­TION PUSH

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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.’

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