Sheffield Wednesday: Antonio targets top spot

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Michail Antonio is setting his sights on becoming the Owls’ top scorer for the second season in succession.

Missing the final nine matches of 2012-13 because of a groin injury did not prevent him from remainingg top of the club’s goal chart with nine.

Michail Antonio celebrates his goal in a 1-1 home draw with Ipswich this season

Michail Antonio celebrates his goal in a 1-1 home draw with Ipswich this season

Despite his recent 16-match absence with a knee problem he is only three goals behind Chris Maguire, who leads the present staff with six. Connor Wickham scored eight before going back to Sunderland.

Antonio says: “Last season I managed to finish top goal-corer. Now it’s Connor, but I am looking to be top scorer again.

“Chris is in the lead, Connor has gone so I can’t really compete with him, but I am looking to come back and take it.

“In football, when you get opportunities you do need to take them. Like on Tuesday, against Wigan, we had two great opportunities where Benik (Afobe) and Atdhe (Nuhiu) have both gone through, and they both missed. Twenty seconds later, Wigan get one opportunity and score.”

Antonio, who hopes to play in the FA Cup against Charlton today, took his chance when he scored in Southampton’s 4-1 win against Carlisle in the JPT final in 2010. Gary Madine got Carlisle’s goal.

“Playing at Wembley was amazing,” added the winger. “The noise was amazing, the pitch, just the whole experience. For us to win, and for me to get a goal, was amazing.

“I cannot forget the goal. It runs through my head constantly.

“Ricky Lambert headed it on, I ran in behind, chested it down, and left-foot volley into the bottom corner.”

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