Woods relishesa fresh start

RICHARD Wood reckons that the two-week break will benefit the Owls and gives them the chance to make a fresh start.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13th September 2007, 5:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th September 2007, 5:51 pm

The Sheffield Wednesday defender is sure that the forntight’s break for international games has had a beneficial effect on everyone at Hillsborough.

“When you are on a winning streak, you have a momentum and you want things to go on, the games to keep coming and you don’t want a break,” he said.

“We went into it without a win but it’s like we are coming out at the other end and it’s a fresh start - that’s what it feels like. We’re ready to go again.

“I think we needed the break. We’d had a bad start but we’ve had a good fortnight, training has been good and now we are raring to get back into it.”

He is under no doubt about the early priority at Deepdale tomorrow.

“I think we have to keep it solid for the first 15 minutes and then let’s take it from there,” he said.

“We’ve done some work on the back four and on the defensive side of things and I’d just love a clean sheet tomorrow.”

It looks likely that Wood will have Steve Watson has his centre-defence partner tomorrow which would be a further change of personnel alongside.

“Of course, it’s good to have a settled line-up but it should not make any difference and I feel I can alter my game whoever I play with.,” he said.

“Whoever the manager picks and pairs up, he has to find the right formula.

“It’s up to us, as players, to prove that his judgement is right.”

While he acknowledges his priority lies in and around one penalty area, the 22-year-old is also eyeing up success at the other end.

“I like getting up there when we’re on set-pieces and I want to get on the end of something and get a goal,” he said. “I thought I was unlucky last time (v Bristol City), I’m getting there

“Perhaps there might be something at Preston.”