Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star hopes history doesn’t repeat itself

Owls goal hero Giles Coke
Owls goal hero Giles Coke
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Sheffield Wednesday crashed out at the first hurdle of the Capital One Cup in 2013 after delivering a below-par display against League One opposition.

And Owls head coach Stuart Gray will be hoping history does not repeat itself tonight.

Just over 12 months ago, Rotherham United outplayed Wednesday, claiming a 2-1 victory thanks to spectacular strikes by Ben Pringle and Lee Frecklington. It was arguably one of the Owls’ worst performances of the season, with Jermaine Johnson, now at USA side Indy Eleven, seeing red late on after coming on as a substitute.

Tonight Gray’s men face Notts County in the first round of the competition and Giles Coke, Wednesday’s match-winner at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, is confident there will be no repeat this time around.

“We would like to make amends after what happened last year,” Coke told The Star. “It was a very disappointing performance against Rotherham and I’m sure that’s not going to be the case this season.

“Cup games are always tough and I’m sure it’s going to be hard against County.

“But we are really focussed and ready for the game so I’m quite confident we’ve got more than enough get a result.”

County represents the first of three successive home matches for Wednesday. Shaun Derry, the Magpies chief, has significantly overhauled his squad, recruiting 14 players over the summer and releasing 17.

Although Coke is delighted the Owls secured maximum points at Brighton, the midfielder is calling on his teammates to push on.

“It took us a long time to win a game last year and that was a horrible feeling,” said the 28-year-old.

“It was brilliant to win the first game and hopefully we can kick on.

“We can’t get carried away because it’s a long hard season. We’ve got a lot of games to play but it’s nice to kick off with the three points. Hopefully we can keep that momentum going.”