HUN­GRY PUDIL’S EA­GER TO KEEP PLAY­ING

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paul Ed­di­son

DANIEL PUDIL ad­mits his Sheffield Wed­nes­day sea­son has been a roller­coaster ex­pe­ri­ence, but he’s now de­ter­mined to make sure it fin­ishes with more ups than downs.

The 31-year-old starred in his loan spell last sea­son but has strug­gled to hit the same heights since mak­ing Hills­bor­ough his per­ma­nent home.

The in­con­sis­tency has be­come a point of frus­tra­tion for the Czech de­fender, too, with dis­ap­point­ing form lead­ing to just four league games in the first three months of 2017.

But, with a match-win­ning strike against QPR on Easter Mon­day be­hind him, Pudil feels that cor­ner may have been turned.

“I’ve had some good games and then haven’t played so well in one or two,” he said.

“I have not played a lot over six to eight weeks, but that was the de­ci­sion of the man­ager and I had to ac­cept that.

“In those weeks, I just tried to do my best, get back into shape and wait for an­other chance.

“The chance came against New­cas­tle (Wed­nes­day won 2-1) and I’m just do­ing my best to try to be on the pitch as long as pos­si­ble.”

Three Cham­pi­onship play-off matches and a Euro 2016 ap­pear­ance with the Czech Repub­lic en­sured last sea­son was a long one for Pudil.

Play­ing right through un­til June gave him lim­ited rest and he feels it had an im­pact on his start to the sea­son.

But the de­fender is keen not to make ex­cuses, pre­fer­ring to make sure he ends this cam­paign bet­ter than the last.

He added: “I re­joined the team just be­fore the start of the sea­son so I didn’t have a proper pre-sea­son. Maybe these things af­fected my per­for­mances.

“But that’s foot­ball and I just car­ried on sup­port­ing the guys in those weeks I didn’t play.”

HON­EST: Daniel Pudil

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