HAVING scored two headers in as many Steel City derby appearances, Chris O’Grady clearly enjoys facing the old enemy.
The Sheffield Wednesday striker took his tally to seven for the 2011/12 season when he nodded home Lewis Buxton’s cross with 17 minutes left at home to Sheffield United on Sunday. O’Grady led players over to under-fire boss Gary Megson to celebrate the strike, which bolstered their hopes of finishing in the top two in League One.
Of his winner, O’Grady said: “It was surreal. It makes me proud to be here and to have my family watching. I’m very proud to wear the shirt. It doesn’t get too much better than scoring the winner in the derby.
“In a similar derby for Rochdale versus Oldham, there was probably about 4,000 people so it is not quite the same!
“It was definitely special and is what every footballer aspires to get to.”
Speaking to the press corps an hour after condemning second-placed United to defeat, an exhausted and emotionally drained O’Grady said he rated the goal as one of the highlights of his career.
He conceded his celebratory run following his goal was a show of unity to the manager.
“It just showed we are all together despite a bad little period,” said O’Grady.
He said speculation about managers was “predictable these days”, adding: “We need to rise above that. That doesn’t work.”