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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Road to safety

Owls skipper Martin Taylor after Cardiff City match.

Owls skipper Martin Taylor after Cardiff City match.

  • by Richard Fidler Sheffield Wednesday
 

SHEFFIELD Wednesday captain Martin Taylor says the Owls can’t wait for an away match at high-flying Hull City.

After the disappointing goalless draw with MK Dons on Saturday in the FA Cup third round, Taylor admitted that confidence was low in the dressing room but said the opportunity for the players to show their character at the KC Stadium was one not be missed.

He told The Star: “We’ve played some of our best stuff away from home when we’ve been really up against it.

“Hull City is a great opportunity for us to do it again and to show our character. They’re in good form at the moment and playing very well but so were Cardiff when we went there and we very nearly got something that day.”

The Cardiff City match on December 2 was perhaps 33-year-old Taylor’s best game for Wednesday since his switch to the club from Watford at the end of the last transfer window.

It played to the big centre-half’s strengths of leading a defensive effort which was only broken by Craig Conway’s 80th minute winner.

However, at the weekend Taylor was sometimes the subject of Wednesdayites’ frustrations as the Owls struggled to match the Dons ability to keep the ball.

He was a key part, though, in Wednesday keeping another clean sheet - their fifth in the last six games - and helped restrict MK to only fleeting glimpses of Stephen Bywater’s goal. He also kept former Owls striker Ryan Lowe quiet on his return to Hillsborough.

He says that while the input of new coach Stuart Gray has been impressive, Wednesday’s recent improvement at the back is more down to culmulative work on the training ground.

He said: “Stuart has been great since he came in but I think it’s things that we’ve been working on all season falling into place.

“It has probably taken longer than the manager would have liked, but we’re all getting used to each other. We’re beginning to gel and it’s better.”

Wednesday will travel to Hull for the 5.20pm kick-off without midfielder David Prutton who picked up his 10th booking of the season against the Dons and earned a two-match suspension.

The Owls report they’ve sold roughly a third of their 3,000 ticket allocation for the game.

 

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