Sheffield Wednesday: Maghoma hopes patience will pay off at Hillsborough

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Jacques Maghoma believes Sheffield Wednesday need to be more patient in front of their own supporters if they are to turn Hillsborough into a place to fear.

Stuart Gray’s troops have picked up 10 of their 15 Championship points on the road and Maghoma, who has started every fixture, has stressed the importance of picking up home results.

“We couldn’t get the points against Cardiff but we have got to try and make sure Hillsborough a fortress,” he told The Star. “When teams come to Hillsborough, they are really hard to beat and play two banks of four. We have to be patient in our attacks. We haven’t conceded too many goals at home. It’s just a case of getting the final ball into the box right.”

Owls head coach Stuart Gray was critical of their end product and decision making in the final third in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City. Maghoma insists there is more to come from him as the DR Congo international aims to hit top form.

He said: “I’m not happy yet because it’s early on in the campaign and I want to keep going until the end of the season and get my tally up in asssists and goals. I want to help the team get to where we want to be. We have got so much potential. We are a young team who are still learning every game.”

With Kamil Zayatte suspended and Tom Lees sidelined by a hamstring problem, Lewis Buxton filled in at centre-half versus Cardiff.

Maghoma said: “Lewis was brilliant. He is our longest serving player. He’s like a machine. He doesn’t need much training to comeback in and play 90 minutes.

“Lewis is experienced and hopefully we will keep him fit for the rest of the season.”