Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire eyes return to form

Chris Maguire celebrates his winner against Barnsley
Chris Maguire celebrates his winner against Barnsley
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Wednesday striker Chris Maguire has admitted that the team let the fans down at Yeovil.

But he is looking for a swift return to form for the Owls at Wigan tonight.

Maguire is also targeting an end to a lean run that has seen him go six games without a goal after he netted six times in nine appearances.

Wigan are challenging for promotion and beat Manchester City on Sunday to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

But the Scot thinks that Wednesday are capable of rising to the occasion though they slipped up against strugglers Yeovil last Saturday.

“It was a disappointing performance by the team, one of those days when nothing was going our way; everybody was the same,” he said.

“It was one of those games where you couldn’t put your finger on what went wrong. We paid the price.

“Thankfully there’s another game and we can move on. We let the fans down; it was a long way for them to go, to Yeovil. We know we didn’t put in a performance they deserved. We want to put that right”

Maguire’s last goal was a penalty in the 2-0 win at Reading on February 8.

Since then the Owls have won only two games and lost four, counting the league and cup.

He admitted: “Yes, I’m due a goal. I’d like to have got a few more. Hopefully it happens sooner rather than later.”

Other strikers too have found goals hard to come by, and he added: “The last few games have been a blip, really. Although we got good results against Huddersfield and Middlesbrough, the other games have been frustrating.

“We know how well we can play; hopefully it will come back quickly and we’ll start to score goals.

“I’d like to think that with the way I was playing when I first got back in the team, I deserved to keep my place.

“I’ll hold my hand up for Saturday; it wasn’t one of my best games. I know I can step it up.

“You’ve got to be professional about it and try to keep going.”