Star striker Reach sees the po­ten­tial in Owls

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - RICHARD SUT­CLIFFE

THE Cham­pi­onship goal of the month com­pe­ti­tion for Septem­ber will have a dis­tinct Sh­effield Wed­nes­day flavour.

Not just in terms of Owls play­ers mak­ing it on to the short­list, with Adam Reach and Barry Ban­nan cer­tain to fea­ture af­ter a crack­ing fin­ish apiece against Leeds United and Stoke City, re­spec­tively.

But Jos Luhukay’s side were also on the end of two goals from the very top drawer last month, As­ton Villa’s Joe McGinn do­ing the hon­ours on Septem­ber 22 and Ma­teusz Klich fol­low­ing suit on Fri­day night with an­other bel­ter in Leeds’s 1-1 draw at Hills­bor­ough.

Pick­ing a win­ner from that quar­tet of strikes will not be easy but Reach be­lieves the award de­serves to go else­where.

“I don’t think mine will get it,” said the 25-year-old when asked which goal was the pick of a spe­cial bunch.

“The Villa goal by McGinn was re­ally spe­cial, es­pe­cially the tech­nique he used.”

As for his own 30-yard strike against Leeds, Reach added: “There wasn’t much on as Steven (Fletcher) cush­ioned the ball down to me.

“The frus­tra­tion we felt at how Leeds were play­ing – they pushed me and Fer­nando (Forestieri) re­ally far back – prob­a­bly came out in the goal.

“I hadn’t had many touches of the ball so thought I would just hit it. It was one of those that flies in or could eas­ily go half­way up the Leeds stand.”

Reach has form for spec­tac­u­lar strikes in a Wed­nes­day shirt. He won back-to-back ‘Goal of the Month’ awards last sea­son but the one-time record sign­ing is more fo­cused on the Owls’ pro­mo­tion hopes.

“With­out a doubt we can chal­lenge,” he said. “Look at our over­all per­for­mances, they have been very good. Blips such as Wi­gan and Brent­ford, which ended up be­ing wake-up calls.

“We have come pretty far since the start of the sea­son. It took us time to bed in with for­ma­tions and our po­si­tional play.”

The Owls’ sched­ule does not get any eas­ier with West Bromwich Al­bion due at Hills­bor­ough on Wed­nes­day night, but Reach be­lieves his team-mates can take heart from the draw with Leeds.

He added: “Even though we drew from a win­ning po­si­tion, the dress­ing room was a happy one after­wards. We are not blind. We could see Leeds dom­i­nated and had a lot of chances in the se­cond half.

“We are still un­beaten at home and there is an­other game here on Wed­nes­day. That will be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game again. We have to look to dom­i­nate due to be­ing at home.”


TAKE THAT: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Adam Reach is chased by his team­mates af­ter his goal against Leeds on Fri­day.

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