Bournemouth v Sheffield Wednesday: I can’t prove my worth in physio room –Antonio

Michail Antonio.
Michail Antonio.
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Sheffield Wednesday may be as good as safe now in the Championship, but for people like Michail Antonio there remains plenty to play for.

The winger, who only returned to the team three games ago after the latest in a long line of injury setbacks, is determined to end the season strongly.

“It’s a breath of fresh air to be back,” said the former Reading man, who has looked back to his dangerous best, particularly in the successive 3-3 draws with Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers.

“I’ve been back three games and hopefully I can end this season on a positive.

“As a player you want to play as much as you can.

“I’m happy with my form. Normally it takes you a couple of games, but I feel I’ve managed to slot straight back in.

“I wanted to build on last year, but injuries have stopped that so my aim is to finish this season as strongly as possible and hit the ground running next season.

“You want to show people what you can do and you can’t do that in the physio room.”

As well as personal pride, 
Antonio also wants Wednesday to finish the season on a positive note after what has been a timely run of form to take them away from trouble since Stuart Gray took over as head coach.

When Gray assumed control in early December the Owls were six points adrift, but now have a cushion of 10 points and seven places on the bottom three with just 12 points left to play for.

“We’re 10 points above the relegation zone, but we still want that one last win to make it mathematical, but there is a good buzz around the club and in the dressing room,” continued Antonio, who is wary of the threat carried by in-form Bournemouth today.

“We believe we can go anywhere and win on our day, as we have proved. I’m sure Friday will be one of our most difficult challenges this season because Bournemouth will be desperate for three points, but so are we.

“Coming up from League One, you’re just looking to stay up but Bournemouth have done better than that and they will be at us.”

Last six games: Bournemouth WWWWWD, Sheff Weds LWLLDD.

Last time: Bournemouth 2 Sheff Weds 0; August 13, 2011; League One.

Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex).