Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire welcomes ‘major boost’

Den joy: Chris Maguire after the final whistle. Picture: Steve ellis
Den joy: Chris Maguire after the final whistle. Picture: Steve ellis
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CHRIS Maguire has re-lived the moment that thrust him into the Wednesday spotlight and gave him fresh hope about his prospects at the club.

The striker hopes that his superb winning goal at Millwall will be a step towards him winning a regular first-team spot.

But he knows that it may not be enough to earn him a starting role at Leeds on Saturday,

Maguire told The Star that it was a mixture of elation and relief for him when he volleyed home Danny Pugh’s corner to notch his first goal for the Owls.

“It was a bit of everything, a bit of ‘get in there...thank God it’s happened,” he said. “I’m delighted to get the goal. Hopefully I can get more between now and the end of the season.

“I kept my eye on the ball. I got a feeling that the ball was going to come front post. I managed to get away from a defender; I caught it sweet and it flew into the net.

“For me it’s a great relief but for the team it’s a great three points. That will give me a major lift and do my confidence a world of good.

“Hopefully I can kick on from here. I’m not saying I’m going to be in the starting line-up for the next game. It just shows I can find the net if I’m needed.

“I’d like to start in the league - that’s not happened this season yet. I’m hoping to get as much game time as possible between now and the end of the season.

“I’ll go away over the summer, enjoy my rest, and work hard and get ready to go again.

“I signed a three-year deal here. The manager obviously sees me as having a big future here if they offered me that kind of contract.

“It’s not worked out at the start; I just have to keep working hard and trying to get in the side, where I think I should be, and trying to get a game every week.”

The £200,000 summer signing from Derby went on at Millwall as an 81st minute sub for Jeremy Helan.

Maguire and Jermaine Johnson were the two forwards on the bench. Jones, who was without the injured Gary Madine and Michail Antonio, started with Leroy Lita and Steve Howard up front.

Another loan player, Stuart Holden, was left out because Jones is restricted to using only five of his six loan signings.

Danny Pugh replaced Reda Johnson at left back but will be ineligible on Saturday as he is on loan from Leeds.

Jones felt that the four changes on Tuesday night may have disrupted the team’s rhythm: “It was just a case of switching people around,” he said. “It probably took us a bit longer to adapt than we had hoped.

“The first-half performance was poor but in the second half we defended brillianty and pressed Millwall back. They had a couple of chances and so did we. It could have gone either way.”