Home sweet home as the Owls go top

Home joy: The Owls celebrate a goal by Danny Batth, left
Home joy: The Owls celebrate a goal by Danny Batth, left
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s goal feast during the last week has more than just restored the feelgood factor to Hillsborough.

The 4-1 and 3-0 wins against Bury and Bournemouth have taken them to the top of the League One home table.

The Sheffield clubs have both played 18 home league games; the Owls have taken 42 points from theirs and the Blades 41.

Wednesday have now also notched 13 Hillsborough league wins in a season for the first time in 20 years.

With another five home games left, the Owls seem likely to make an even bigger impression on their record books before the season is out, and Hillsborough form could have a big say in whether or not they achieve automatic promotion.

Last Saturday’s win against Bournemouth gave the Owls a home league goal total of 37 - already the fourth best tally since they last scored 13 victories, when they were a Premier League side in 1991-92.

The teams who will be hoping to prevent the club making the home record even more impressive are Walsall, Preston, Oldham, Carlisle and Wycombe.

The Owls’ away games will be at Notts County, Leyton Orient, Huddersfield, Colchester and Brentford.

County, who will play Wednesday on Saturday, pulled off a 4-2 victory away to leaders Charlton last Saturday.

But it is their home record that is the fifth best in the division: 35 points from 17 games. They have won their

last

four matches at Meadow Lane and conceded only one goal in that spell.

The Owls this season made it their best home start since 1960 when they won their first seven league games at Hillsborough.

Gary Megson regarded home form as crucial and told the team to regard playing in front of their own fans as a big advantage rather than a cause for inhibition, as it sometimes seemed in recent years.

Dave Jones says he can take no credit for this season’s record. But his reign has got off to an excellent start and fans will be yearning for more when the team play Walsall at Hillsborough next Tuesday.