SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Pace ace Michail Antonio targeting quickfire recovery

Long run: Michail Antonio had gone 19 matches unbeaten with Wednesday  before the Palace setback
Long run: Michail Antonio had gone 19 matches unbeaten with Wednesday before the Palace setback
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MICHAIL Antonio is targeting a swift return to winning form for the Owls after the unpleasant taste of defeat for the first time in his stay at the club.

His arrival coincided with the start of the unbeaten run of 19 games: one under Gary Megson, one under caretaker manager Chris Evans and 17 under Dave Jones.

Antonio, a Megson loan signing, made his debut in the 1-0 win against United in the Sheffield derby.

The pacy winger reflects after the 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace: “I’d never experienced losing since I came to Sheffield Wednesday.

“It was bound to happen. Sadly, it has happened. It definitely shows that we’re not unbeatable.

“There are nearly two weeks to got before the next game. We’ve got to concentrate on that and get back to winning ways. Who’s to say we can’t go on another run? I’m confident we have the players to do it.”

Antonio scored the equaliser at Selhurst Park, A good save denied him an earlier goal during Saturday’s game, and in the previous two matches he had been showing the sort of form that made Jones so keen to sign him.

“I did start the season a bit slowly; I feel I’m starting to get back to the form I showed last season,” he says.

But the result at Palace overshadowed any pleasure he had felt at notching his first goal of the campaign, to add to the five he netted in the promotion run-in, including the first one in the last-day decider against Wycombe.

Antonio also feels that the Owls must tighten up: “We’re not always going to be able to score more than the other team.

“It’s hard to break teams down at times. You can’t just keep scoring two or three goals a match.

“We have to make sure our defence is tighter.”