Wed­nes­day fans make a dif­fer­ence in­sists Fox

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Char­lie Peat

DE­FENDER Mor­gan Fox reck­ons the Hills­bor­ough at­mos­phere could make all the dif­fer­ence in Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s bid to beat Hud­der­s­field in the play-offs.

The 23-year-old moved to the Owls in Jan­uary from League One Charl­ton and hopes he can take another jump up the lad­der by help­ing Wed­nes­day reach the Pre­mier League.

There are rea­sons to be op­ti­mistic ahead of the semi­fi­nal show­down as the Owls beat David Wag­ner’s side home and away in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Hills­bor­ough was rock­ing for the home fix­ture in Jan­uary as Ross Wal­lace’s su­perb strike and a late goal from Fer­nando Forestieri helped them de­feat the Ter­ri­ers, who had Jack Payne sent off.

And they tri­umphed 1-0 at their York­shire ri­vals, cour­tesy of a Forestieri penalty, back in Oc­to­ber.

In ad­di­tion, Wed­nes­day pipped Hud­der­s­field to fourth place on goal dif­fer­ence, en­sur­ing they will have the po­ten­tially-defin­ing sec­ond leg at home on Wed­nes­day night.

Wed­nes­day won 15 league matches at home this sea­son, as many as cham­pi­ons New­cas­tle, and Fox be­lieves it could be their trump card.

“The at­mos­phere gen­er­ated by the Hills­bor­ough crowd is mas­sive. They could make a huge dif­fer­ence in the play­offs,” he said.

“They have been be­hind us ev­ery sin­gle step of the way and I have felt like part of the club from the mo­ment I played in front of the home crowd. It was a spe­cial mo­ment to score my first goal for the club (in a 5-1 win against Nor­wich in March) at Hills­bor­ough.” Fox also be­lieves last sea­son’s play-off cam­paign, al­beit one that ended in dis­ap­point­ment with a 1-0 de­feat by Hull in the fi­nal at Wem­b­ley, is a plus point. “There is a real de­ter­mi­na­tion among the lads to get our­selves pro­moted,” he said. “The group has ex­pe­ri­ence at the stage of the sea­son, which can work to our ad­van­tage.” Fox was speak­ing at a Kits for Kids event run by Wickes, of­fi­cial part­ner of the EFL. “Our team ethic is one of the main rea­sons for our suc­cess this sea­son and it will play a mas­sive part in the play-offs.”

Wed­nes­day had tried to prise the de­fender away from The Val­ley in the sum­mer but fi­nally got their man for a re­ported £700,000 in Jan­uary.

“It felt nice to be wanted by a club like Sh­effield Wed­nes­day. They are a huge team with lots of am­bi­tion,” said Fox.

“Wed­nes­day were al­ways my first choice, and hope­fully I can help them make it to the Pre­mier League.”

The Chelms­ford-born left­back set­tled quickly into the Wed­nes­day squad, play­ing nine times and scor­ing once be­fore in­jury cur­tailed his bright start.

He re­turned to face play-off ri­vals Ful­ham in a 2-1 home de­feat on the fi­nal day of the reg­u­lar sea­son last Sun­day.

Now he is set to taste the un­pre­dictabil­ity of the play­offs for the first time – and a po­ten­tial Wem­b­ley date.

The for­mer Wales Un­der21 de­fender said: “We must first fo­cus on the task at hand, but it would be amaz­ing to play at Wem­b­ley. It would be a dream come true.

“I have been to watch a few matches but not had the chance to play there.

“I am back to full fit­ness with the play-offs to come and happy to be back in the group.”

AM­BI­TIOUS: Mor­gan Fox

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