Caolan Lavery has backed his Sheffield Wednesday teammate Atdhe Nuhiu to bounce back after his glaring miss in their draw at home to Charlton Athletic.
Nuhiu, brought on as a second half substitute for Sergiu Bus, wasted a gilt-edged opportunity in the 84th minute to put the Owls back in front. The big targetman some how headed Stevie May’s cross wide.
It is not the first occasion Nuhiu has fluffed his lines in front of goal this season. He apologised to his teammates after his latest miss.
But Lavery, fresh from scoring his second goal in five appearances since returning to Wednesday following a productive loan spell at Chesterfield, has leapt to the defence of the club’s 10-goal top-scorer, urging Wednesday’s fans to get behind him in the closing weeks of the Championship season.
He told The Star: “It’s disappointing when you see a player miss a chance. Players never mean to miss. When you miss a chance, you know yourself you are not happy with it.
“Attey is a strong character and he will be back soon and I am confident he will score with his next chance.
“Everyone gets on with Attey really well. We all patted him on the back after the game. Everyone is on his side and hopefully the fans will stick by him.”
“Confidence is a big thing for a striker,” he added. “I can relate to Attey’s frustration.
“I had a chance in the first half against Charlton where I probably should have hit the target and possibly scored.
“You never go out to miss a chance or give the ball away so I feel his pain. You try not to let it affect you and move on.”
Attey (Nuhiu) is a strong character and he will be back soon and I am confident that he will score with his next chanceCaolan Lavery
“I luckily put my next chance away.”
Wednesday welcome top-six hopefuls Brentford to Hillsborough tomorrow looking for just a fifth win in their own backyard all season.
Lavery, who picked up a minor calf problem late on versus Charlton, said: “The is not easy but it is the same for both teams so we have to deal with it.
“It is frustrating we can’t get our form going here. Home form is vital but we have just not been good enough for whatever reason whether it be missing chances or not defending properly.
“The boys are looking forward to the run in. We have a big part to play in what happens at the top of the table. We are not happy with where we are in the league but we are looking to get maximum points from the final four games.”