Owls will be stronger after Terriers fightback

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CHRIS O’Grady believes that Wednesday will learn from the way they lost a 4-2 lead against Huddersfield and will become even stronger in their push for promotion.

The striker who scored his first Hillsborough goal in Saturday’s 4-4 thriller feels that the Owls are firmly on the right lines and need not be downhearted after missing the chance to pull further ahead of one of their main rivals.

“We just had a lapse after we had done so well to come back from two down and gone 4-2 up,” O’Grady told The Star. “It’s something we will learn from. Maybe what happened was a good thing in a way because it will make us stronger in the future.

“We were down so much when it was 2-0, then up when it was 4-2, and down again when it was four all. You have to put it into perspective.

“At 2-0 down, if we knew we’d get something out of it we would have been be happy. So overall we can be quite happy with that. But we have to close games properly.”

O’Grady, who made it 4-2, was delighted with his third goal for the club.

“I’m happy overall with the way things are going and with the way I have been playing.”

O’Grady praised four-goal Jordan Rhodes: “I’ve been here a while and scored three goals, and had to work hard for them; in one game he’s scored four! He’s a very good player and a very good goalscorer.

“But I’m happy with myself. I’ll keep doing the same things and hopefully we’ll be promoted. We showed heart to get to 4-2; we showed how good we are. It’s up to us to stay where we are, make sure we don’t drop down, and keep plugging away and try to catch Charlton.”

Manager Gary Megson felt his team paid for not being “streetwise” enough in the dying stages: “We have to make sure that once we’re in that position again - and we will be - we don’t do the same things.”

But he picked out positives: “A 28,600 crowd, just before Christmas on a cold day, is a massive positive. Coming back from two down to lead 4-2 is another. Some of our defending was good. The workrate and desire were good. Our set pieces were really difficult to handle.

“We just needed a bit more quality when we had the ball.”