Sheffield Wednesday: Antonio accepts fight for place

Michail Antonio gets in a shot at Reading
Michail Antonio gets in a shot at Reading
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Michail Antonio knows that he may have to wait for a place in the Wednesday side.

He made a successful comeback by playing for the second half as a sub against Reading but acknowledges that the team have flourished in his absence.

“The boys are on a good run, 11 unbeaten, I can’t come back and expect to get straight back back into a strong team,” he said.

“All I can do is wait for my opportunity, like when I got on at half time, do well and hopefully the gaffer will give me my opportunity.

“It’s definitely going to be a fight for a place. You can’t really change a winning team; I know it has changed but that’s been due to injuries, not because people have not been doing well.”

The winger’s last start was in the home 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield on November 23 - before he injured his knee.

He added: “I’ve been training for a week and a half so fitness levels are all right but running fitness and match fitness are different.

“I’m just hoping to get more games so I can get the match fitness up.”

But he enjoyed the 2-0 win on Saturday against his old club: “I was there for four years; it was good to go back and get the victory, and we’ve done the double over them, but I do wish them the best.”

Antonio might have had a goal: “I was waiting on the penalty with an open goal and Atdhe didn’t give me the ball! That happens in football; we still got the victory. After the sending-off we got on top and made quite a few opportunities.”

He also thought that the sending-off of Reading centre half Alex Pearce was justifiable: “Benik (Afobe) has gone through and he was stopped from scoring, so it is a red card.”