20-goal Owls ace calls for final flourish

Neil Mellor
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NEIL Mellor wants the Owls to finish the season on a high so they can raise hopes of a more successful campaign in 2011-12.

Although still unsure about his own future, the on-loan striker is targeting more goals for him and an unbeaten run to the end of the season.

“The next target is for me to score in our remaining two games and for us to win them both,” he says, pleased to have achieved his aim of reaching the 20-goal mark.

Mellor says there is no question of the team becoming too relaxed now that safety has been secured.

“People can say that if you’ve got nothing to play for, you can be in a comfort zone, but we are playing for our futures,” he said. “In every game, you are judged.

He also points out that promotion was the ambition: “We’ve all been disappointed with this season. There’s no getting away from the fact that we’re going to finish in mid-table. All we can do is try to win as many games as we can. I think it will give the fans a lift going into the summer, the fact that we’ve won the last four in a row at home.

“Against Exeter at home [in the final game], if we can make that five in a row, then all of a sudden optimism builds for next season.”

Mellor hopes that the Owls will sign him on a full deal but says that the ball is in Preston’s court as his contract with them has another year to run.

“I think Wednesday are interested but there’s nothing I can do until they speak to Preston and vice versa,” he said. “I’m just waiting for a phone call from someone at Preston to tell me what’s happening.”

The Owls have sold out their away allocation for the trip to Bristol Rovers, who are entrenched in a relegation battle, on Saturday.