Feelgood factor a boost for O’Connor

Riding high: James O'Connor wants Wednesday to keep up the good work and win promotion
Riding high: James O'Connor wants Wednesday to keep up the good work and win promotion
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JAMES O’Connor is bidding to help keep the Wednesday feelgood factor going at Prenton Park - a ground that holds an unhappy memory.

The midfield player was in the side that went down 3-0 against Tranmere last season.

Tomorrow’s 11 is likely to include only three players who started that away game: O’Connor, Reda Johnson and Gary Madine.

The midfield player feels that the “frustration” that engulfed the club and fans back then, when they were going through a rocky spell, has been replaced by satisfaction with this season’s fortunes - and he prefers to look forward rather than back.

“We’re more focused on trying to win the next game than on anything else,” he says.

“It’s important that we keep up what we have been doing.”

A repeat of the score when the Owls last played against Tranmere would be just the job: it was 4-0 at Hillsborough in April, in the early stages of a home revival that has carried on into this season. Away form has also picked up.

“We’ve had a good start to the season, but that’s all it is, a start,” says O’Connor.

“We need to kick on and maitain our results and performances.

“It’s great that there’s a feelgood factor around the place.

“That’s what we want and what the supporters want. It comes from winning games.

“When you’re winning, the players are happy, the manager is happy and the supporters are happy.

“We’re ticking along all right, and we won the Cup match.

“But it’s only November.There’s an awful lot of football to be played It’s a case of nobody getting ahead of themselves.”

Invited to cast a thought back to that game at Tranmere last season, he reflects: “We were on an awful run as well.

“We weren’t picking up results.

“We had gone from being in a comfortable position to all of a sudden looking over our shoulders, which was incredible, really.

“That caused a lot of frustration, not just for the supporters but for us.

“Now it’s a case of us trying to make sure we win games and get out of this division.”

Meanwhile, with ex-Owls star Paolo Di Canio in charge, Swindon too are looking up - with a 4-1 Cup win against Huddersfield and a revival in league form leaving Robins fans worried the Italian may be tempted away.

But chairman Jeremy Wray said: “If I’m any judge of character, that is not going to happen. People need not worry.

“A point may come ... but as far as I am concerned, that will not be until we are in the Championship.”