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Sheffield Wednesday: Mags aims to upset Owls old boy

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Forward Jacques Maghoma will put his friendship with Michail Antonio on hold until after Sheffield Wednesday’s crunch showdown with Nottingham Forest.

Antonio is set to return to Hillsborough for the first time on Saturday, having opted to leave the Owls and join Forest on the eve of the new Championship season.

The 24-year-old has been a revelation since completing his £1.5m switch to the City Ground, hitting four goals in six appearances as Stuart Pearce’s side lead the way in the second-tier of English football.

Antonio is an injury worry for Forest after suffering a groin problem in their 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town in midweek.

Although he is looking forward to seeing Antonio, Maghoma is keen to put one over the Londoner.

Maghoma said: “He [Antonio] is an old teammate and we’ve got to keep it like that and, after the game, we’ll speak.

“Right now, we are not talking. Hopefully we can beat Forest and get the three points. But we are not scared of anyone right now; if anything they should be fearing us on our home patch.”

Wednesday maintained their impressive start to the campaign by knocking Premier League Burnley out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

“It was a brilliant result,” said Maghoma.

“We went to Burnley and were solid and the big man [Atdhe Nuhiu] came on and scored a cool penalty, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

“It’s a good win but there’s another important game on Saturday and hopefully we can continue this form on and get the three points.”

Nuhiu’s spot-kick took his tally to four goals in six appearances.

DR Congo international Maghoma said: “Attey’s brilliant. I can only clap him every single time he does something great and he showed again why he’s our number one striker.”

Wednesday entertain Forest seeking to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions. Maghoma has revealed the secret behind their success.

“It’s down to team bonding and hard work,” he said. “Each and every single one of us knows our jobs, and what to do on the pitch. We are working hard for each other.

“We started well in pre-season, played really well and worked hard and that is showing in our performances. From the first game at Brighton when we won and Giles Coke scored a brilliant goal, we have just carried that on.

“Right now we are flying with confidence and can hopefully take that onto Saturday.

“Hopefully we can win and then have a little break, re-energise and come back flying again

 

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