Friend turns foe as Semedo bids to entend run

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JOSE Semedo is enjoying the friendliness of Sheffield folk off the pitch but is steeling himself for an increasingly tough battle on it as the Owls bid to keep their 100 per cent home record - with an old pal of his determined to stop them.

Wednesday’s former Charlton midfield star faces a reunion today with a one-time Valley teammate Brentford defender Miguel Llera.

Friendship will be forgotten as Semedo expects two-fold pressure on the Owls to keep a seven-match Hillsborough winning run going.

That record makes visiting sides determined to put up a barrier - a view shared by boss Gary Megson - and there is also a growing pressure to maintain the runas each game goes by.

“It’s a bit of both; it is getting even harder [to keep the run going],” says Semedo, who was twice on the losing side with Charlton against Brentford last season..

“When teams play at Sheffield Wednesday, they make it difficult for us. Brentford are a tough team. They have my friend, Miguel Llera; I know they are going to push for the play-offs.

“They have big ambitions. They are a good side and they have a very good manager [Uwe Rosler].”

Semedo and Llera became friends after the centre-half moved from MK Dons to Charlton, He is on loan to Brentford from Blackpool.

“His English was not so good; he speaks Spanish; I speak Spanish as well,” added Semedo, who is Portuguese. “We became good friends.

“He is a centre-back, tough, big, strong, with a good left foot - a good player.”

But Semedo, who scored his first goal for Wednesday in the 2-1 win at Wycombe last Saturday, remains confident in the Owls’ ability and team spirit and is loving life in Sheffield.

“When I moved here, neighbours knocked on my door and said ‘if you need anything, we can help you’,” he said. “In London it was different.”

He says the Owls fans are fantastic home and away.

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