Maguire upbeat despite Owls’ lost opportunity

Chris Maguire says Sheffield Wednesday 'know we're not far away from the play-off places'.
Chris Maguire says Sheffield Wednesday 'know we're not far away from the play-off places'.
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Chris Maguire is not ruling out Sheffield Wednesday contending for a play-off spot as they head into a busy festive period.

The Owls lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Hillsborough last weekend despite creating a plethora of chances.

The 1-0 defeat means the Owls have won just twice at home in the Championship all season, and they currently sit seven points adrift of sixth-placed Watford.

But away from home Stuart Gray’s side have the best record in the Championship, losing just once and conceding a miserly seven goals in 10 trips.

This is why striker-cum-winger Maguire and his team-mates will head to Fulham tomorrow full of confidence they can kick off the festive fixtures with victory to cure their Wolves hangover.

“We just want to win as many games as possible,” said Maguire.

“We know we’re not far away from the play-off places; if we turn draws into wins we’re not a million miles away.

“We’ve shown numerous times this year that we’ve held our own. We might not have got the wins, but we’ve competed. Only Watford have run over us. I don’t think there’s anything to fear in this league.”

Against Wolves, striker Stevie May could have had a hat-trick, and the Owls were guilty of some woeful finishing before Leon Clarke netted a late winner for the visitors.

“It was a crazy result,” said Maguire. “How we didn’t walk away with the three points is a mystery. We had loads of great chances. We dominated the first half. At the start of the second they came out and went at us, but overall, with the chances that we created, we should have won.

“If we’d have took a point it would’ve been another one towards the tally, but we were gutted to get nothing.

“After the game you could have heard a pin drop in the dressing room. It was a bit deflating because we know we should have won.

“It was a great chance to climb the table with results going our way. But the mood stays the same. We keep going, there’s another game on Saturday and if we go there with the right manner and with the way our away performances have been going, then we can get the result.”

After tomorrow’s trip to Craven Cottage, the Owls are at home to Blackpool on Boxing Day, before a trip to Wigan.