SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Basic instinct for Owls

Sheffiel Wednesday v Chesterfield.....Owls Penalty shoot out hero keeper Nicky Weaver
Sheffiel Wednesday v Chesterfield.....Owls Penalty shoot out hero keeper Nicky Weaver
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OWLS keeper Nicky Weaver has told how a “back to basics” approach has brought about the club’s mini-revival.

He has seen an improvement in the team’s defending as they have kept two successive clean sheets after conceding 30 goals in the previous 11 matches.

“We’re delighted with the clean sheets; we were leaking too many goals and it was quite worrying,” he said.

“We’ve been working on set pieces and getting back to basics on defending as a team.

“Every successful team is built on not conceding too many goals. It’s been a good feeling to get a point at Bournemouth then win at Carlisle - two tough away games - and not concede.

“The hard work’s not done; we’ve got to keep on doing it.

“We’ve got nine games at home out of the 15 we’ve got left, and we’ve got to kick on from here.”

Weaver endorses the drive by manager Gary Megson to get players to talk to each other more on the pitch: “Not just me or the centre halves, everybody.

“It’s a case of making sure you do your job, and if you think somebody else is not doing theirs, letting them know.

“In the last couple of games we’ve looked like a team that knows what it’s doing.

“Before that, there was just a lack of good defending from us as a team, and we were conceding an alarming number of goals from set pieces. That’s something every team should be good at avoiding, and we’ve worked on that.”

Heading towards Saturday’s visit of Plymouth, the keeper added: “We’ve got eight games in March. Hopefully, come the end of the month, we’ll be somewhere closer to where we want to be.

“Our home record is not as good as we’d like. It’s up to us to improve it.”

The Owls have won six of their Hillsborough games in the league, drawn five and lost three, and are 16th in League One.

As to how far they can go this season. Weaver said: “All we can do is to keep winning games.

“There are quite a lot of points and teams between us and the play-offs.

“We’ve seen how quickly we can go down the table. If we can put a good run together, you never know.”

Sub Sam Mir was taken to hospital with a suspected fracture as an Owls reserves side consisting entirely of youngsters lost 2-0 to a more experienced Derby team at Belper.