Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland hails Owls team ethic

Chris Kirkland
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OWLS goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is directing credit towards his teammates after keeping five clean sheets in the last seven league games.

The latest feat earned a point against Wolves but Kirkland - whose saves have been important at times this season - had little to do because outfield colleagues shut out the visitors.

“The lads have been superb,” said Kirkland. “We have managed to tighten up and have done a lot of work on the training pitch.” He also paid tribute to coaches Stuart Gray and Paul Wilkinson: “Stu has come in and had his input, as a well as Wilko.

“We’re tightening up; we’ve got to keep doing that. We got ourselves into a terrible situation; we’ve still got a long way to go.

“If we can keep a few more clean sheets with the lads we’ve got and the attacking threat we’ll win more games.”

The keeper praised centre halves Anthony Gardner and Miguel Llera - “and Reda (Johnson) is back now; he’s a big threat for us; Lewis (Buxton) is Mr Consistent”.

“David Prutton has a made big difference since he’s come back in,” he added. “He’s been out in the wilderness on loan. He’s come back and been superb.

“It’s not just one or two - it’s a team effort.”

Owls boss Dave Jones and players believe that on the balance of play they should have beaten Wolves and added two more points to their revival, which has brought 14 points from the last seven games.

Kirkland confirmed: “I think we deserved to win. We had the better chances. But the important thing is not to lose.

“You get into a rut and it’s hard to get out of it. That’s gone now. We have got ourselves into a tough situation.

“The only way we’re going to get out of it is by doing what we’ve done during the last seven games.”