Uncompromising defender Glenn Loovens believes Owls teammate Stevie May is beginning to get the goals his work ethic deserves.
Striker May bagged his second goal in Sheffield Wednesday colours as Stuart Gray’s men triumphed 2-0 at Birmingham City on Tuesday, a victory which leaves them just outside the play-off positions.
The Owls splashed out £800,000 for May’s services last month and the Scotland Under-21 international is gradually starting to adjust to the rigours of Championship football.
Loovens told The Star: “We see what Stevie can do in training every day. He’s a good guy. We keep telling him to work hard for the team and your moment will come. It came at Birmingham and I’m pleased for him.”
May found the back of the net on a regular basis at St Johnstone and Loovens hopes he can replicate that form south of the border.
“It’s hard to say how many goals Stevie can get,” he said. “It’s not just the goals Stevie scores. He also works unbelievably hard. That’s a big plus that he brings to the team. If he can score us 20 goals, that would be perfect!”
Wednesday were forced to soak up plenty of pressure against Birmingham, who were unlucky not to go into the interval at least one goal ahead, with Paul Caddis striking the post.
Dutch centre-back Loovens said: “It was a battle, particularly in the first half. We were lucky to come in at half time all square because they had a few opportunities.
“We knew it was going to be hard because they put the ball in behind you and it’s hard to defend at times. They play a lot of long balls so it’s more of a fight but I thought we coped well with it.
“We kept playing as a team. We got a bit more space and kept the ball a little better and in the end took the three points so happy days.”
Despite their encouraging start, Loovens is acutely aware the team can ill-afford to let their standards drop.
“It’s a great start but it’s still early,” he insisted.
“We have to build on the Birmingham game and make sure we don’t take our foot off the gas. We have to keep going.”