Sheffield Wednesday: Consistent Joe urged to kick on

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Defensively Joe Mattock has been rock solid this season.

Now head coach Stuart Gray is demanding the Sheffield Wednesday left-back improves his delivery when he gallops forward and contributes more goals.

Mattock is expected to replace Frenchman Claude Dielna at Charlton Athletic today, having served a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards.

Gray worked with the 24-year-old when he was on loan at Portsmouth nearly three years ago and is big admirer of his qualities.

He told The Star: “Joe has done well. He probably just needed that opportunity because Reda Johnson was always in front of him here.

“Joe has come of age and shown some consistency so credit to him.

“What we do need from Joe is when he gets into that final third, it’s that final ball.

“More often than not, my two full-backs are on the over lap. When they get into the final third, it’s that end product. Joe can also be quite dangerous from set plays. He probably got two or three goals last season so we need him to start scoring goals.”

Charlton, meanwhile, signed former Wednesday centre-back Oguchi Onyewu on a short-term deal today. The USA international, who played 19 times for the Owls last season, could make his Addicks debut tomorrow.

Onyewu, capped 69 times by USA, has featured at two World Cups, playing in the 1-1 draw with England in 2010, but was not involved in Brazil last summer. He has previously represented Newcastle United, AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Malaga.

Charlton boss Bob Peeters moved for Onyewu after allowing another former Owl Michael Morrison, whose chances have been limited this season, to join Birmingham on a two-month loan earlier this week.

Angolan international Igor Vetokele, meanwhile, could be included in Charlton’s match-day squad at The Valley. The Addicks top-scorer has shrugged off an Achilles injury and resumed first-team this week.

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