Teale call to end energy shortage at Sheffield Wednesday

Workrate: Gary Teale is looking to end home hoodoo.
Workrate: Gary Teale is looking to end home hoodoo.
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CREATOR-in-chief Gary Teale is looking for the Owls to liven up their League One challenge tonight against a side he rates as currently the best in the division.

Peterborough have scored 100 goals in all competitions - 15 of them in the last three games - and surged up the table to emerge as contenders for automatic promotion.

They have also kept four successive clean sheets.

But Teale, who claims more assists and more crosses than any other Wednesday player this season, believes that increased workrate can be the bedrock from which the Owls launch their own revival and grab their first home league win in three months.

“Peterborough jump out at you in an attacking sense,” said the winger. “They conceded a lot of goals but now they seem to have got the balance right.

“I think you need to work hard, first and foremost. It’s a grind. It’s a case of us putting in more energy than probably we have been showing at home.

“Away from home we’ve been decent recently. At home, the onus is on us more.

“If we start with more energy, then as the game goes on hopefully we can show a bit more quality.

“We need to be on the front foot, whereas we don’t seem to be at the moment.”

Questions have been raised about whether the team become tentative when playing in front of their own fans.

But he insists: “Personally, I enjoy playing at Hillsborough. The pitch is bigger than a lot of others, and you’ve got that backing from the fans.

“Would you rather play in front of 20,000 or 2,000?

“You want to play football and play it well, and to have that crowd behind you should be a bonus.

“For one reason or another, the season hasn’t panned out as I thought it would.

“We still need to work at it and put in performances and get this hoodoo off our back.

“We haven’t won at home for a few months; there’s no better time to put it right than now.”