Sheffield Wednesday: ‘We can finish cup job’

Owl's Chris Maguire in action at Morecambe
Owl's Chris Maguire in action at Morecambe
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Chris Maguire is backing Wednesday to win their replay at Hillsborough and reach the FA Cup fourth round.

It follows the Owls’ 1-1 draw at Macclesfield and pairing with Rochdale - conquerors of Leeds last Saturday - if they come through at home a week tomorrow.

Maguire said: “We go back to Hillsborough - it’s a bigger pitch and a lot better surface; if we play like we did in the first half we should win.”

Wednesday bossed the first 45 minutes at the little Moss Ross stadium and led with a header from captain Reda Johnson.

Maguire added: “It was Macclesfield’s cup final; they came out to try and cause an upset; there have been a lot of upsets. The main thing is we’re still in it.

“It’s up to us in the next game to show them we’re a better side.

“We dominated the first half; in the second half we didn’t get it down and play; then they started to come at us with the long balls; we didn’t stop the crosses, and that’s what they scored with; they had the momentum to keep going; we tried to scrap for things but it didn’t come off.”

Caretaker boss Stuart Gray, who could be named as manager within the next few days, felt that the Owls could have been two or three up by half time but lost their grip in the second half.

Gray has given Maguire his longest run in the side - three games - since the forward joined the club 18 months ago and after his recent loan at Coventry.

“It’s nice to be involved,” said Maguire. “I’m showing the faith in Stuart that he’s shown in me,