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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Strike ace happy to lead Wednesday revival

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  • by Dom Howson
 

DERBY hero Chris O’Grady insists he has no desire to leave Sheffield Wednesday when the transfer window reopens next month.

The forward’s controversial goal saw the Owls clinch a hard fought victory over neighbours Barnsley, a result which ended their seven-match losing streak in the Championship.

O’Grady came back to haunt Barnsley chief Keith Hill, who he played under at Rochdale. Hill is a big admirer of the 26-year-old and was interested in capturing the player before the loan market shut last month. He also made an inquiry over his availability in the summer.

O’Grady told The Star he has come “quite close” to moving to Oakwell in 2012 but feels he has got “unfinished business” to take care of at Wednesday.

“There has been the option of going there (Barnsley) at times this season but I have earned the right to be here,” he said. “Wednesday are a massive club and they mean a lot to me so I am committed to helping us get out of the position that we have got ourselves in.

“I have come quite close (to going) to the point where it was up to me whether to go.

“But thinking about the fans and what I have achieved here, I have definitely got unfinished business in terms of last season and the position we are in now. It would not be fair to leave that.”

Although relieved Wednesday got back on track following an alarming run of results, O’Grady owes a big debt of gratitude to Hill and his assistant David Flitcroft.

He said: “The reason why I am at Sheffield Wednesday is because of the management team at Barnsley. I am very respectful of what they have done for me. It is slightly bitter sweet to score against them because I know they are under pressure. It is not nice to add pressure but it is important for us to get out of what we are in now.”

Wednesday are level on points with fourth-from-bottom Bristol City after their fifth league win of the campaign.

“If we can put three or four wins together, we can definitely climb the table,” he said. “We hope and believe so. If we keep playing like that, then definitely. We can’t get carried away because we had a similar run a month or two ago. We need to keep building and getting positive results.”

Wednesday’s medical staff are assessing Jermaine Johnson (hamstring) and Gary Madine (knee).

 

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