O’Grady relishing Seasiders test

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday FA Cup star Chris O’Grady views the fourth-round pairing with Blackpool as another chance for the team to show that they can deal with opposition from a higher level.

The striker whose goal knocked out West Ham is undaunted by the fact that the Owls must face another Championship club, this time away.

“I’m reasonably happy with the draw,” he said. “We’ll go there believing we can win. We would have liked a home draw, because we’re so good at home, but it’s okay.”

O’Grady, who produced an impressive performance against the Hammers, maintained that games against higher-grade sides can help the Owls thrive. “You challenge yourself against people who are supposed to be better than you,” he said.

“It’s about raising your level to get where they are and surpass them.

“That’s what we did. We were a better team than them.

“I don’t think I’ve got past the first round in my whole career before this year, so it’s nice, and I’ve scored two along the way, so I’m very happy so far.”

O’Grady netted in the Owls’ first-round win at Morecambe.

“We’re just in the business of winning games,” he said. “It can be nice [playing in the cup], especially when you have won a couple of league games, as we have. It’s a nice little break, but now the focus is back on the league.”