Atdhe Nuhiu insists Sheffield Wednesday have nothing to fear when they travel to Premier League Burnley in the second round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow.
Buoyed by scoring a double either side of half-time in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Middlesbrough, the former Rapid Vienna striker is convinced the Owls can maintain their positive start at Turf Moor.
The three-goal forward said: “Why not? I always believe that we can win. We will play against a Premier League team so there is even more motivation. We have to show what we can do but I’m not scared of playing against them.”
The 25-year-old stressed picking up results in the Championship is the Owls’ number one objective this campaign.
“The most important thing is our league games,” he said. “I hope we are going to do well in the league. Every cup game is a bonus.”
Wednesday lie sixth after extending their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions and Nuhiu feels they are capable of finishing in the top 10.
“This is just the beginning. There is a long season to go. We have dreams and I hope the dreams come true,” he said.”
“I hope for more goals but my target is for the team to be in the top 10. We want to do better than last season.”
Nuhiu, embarking on his second season in the second-tier of English football, is enjoying life at Hillsborough.
“I think I adapted in the last six months of last season when we had a big run,” he insisted. “I know the teams and players who play against me more than last year.
“Maybe I didn’t know the strengths and weaknesses of the defenders last year because I had never played in England before.
“I’m very happy to be here. I feel very settled now and the players and the manager give me confidence.”
He was delighted his new Wednesday teammate Stevie May got off the mark at the Riverside Stadium.
He said: “The goal he scored was fantastic. Stevie and I communicate perfectly.
“He’s a different type of player to what I am. He anticipates the ball very well so I’m looking forward to playing alongside him more. I think we complement each other well.”
Gray, who has scotched reports linking them with Hartlepool forward Luke James, hopes Sam Hutchinson will be passed fit to start against Burnley. The midfielder sat out the clash in Teeside after failing a fitness test on the back problem he suffered versus Millwall.
Skipper Glenn Loovens collected his fourth yellow card of the season at Middlesbrough, meaning he is a caution away from triggering an automatic one-match ban.
Young Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson, meanwhile, has joined Skrill Premier outfit Alfreton Town on a month’s loan.