Owls loan star sets goal target

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LOAN ace Michail Antonio has set himself personal targets as well as aiming to help Sheffield Wednesday achieve promotion.

He says that Owls fans have yet to see the best of him and he wants to score another four goals and deliver an average of 10 crosses per game.

The speed merchant from Reading netted twice for the first time in his senior career, in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory against Reading.

It was a fine show by a player who has had to prove himself to a new manager, Dave Jones, after Gary Megson was sacked only a week after landing him.

“When I’d just come to a new club and Gary Megson got sacked, I was starting to get a bit shaky,” admitted the 21-year-old Londoner.

“But I thought all I needed to do was to train hard and perform well. Then if I do that I can stay in the team; if I don’t, I get dropped, rightly so.”

His debut in the Sheffield derby was his only game under Megson. He then played in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Rochdale and had what he regards as his best game yet against Bury.

But he says: “I still feel I’m not at my best. When a new manager comes in you have to try to leave your mark on his mind. Hopefully I’ve done that. Recently my crossing hasn’t been the best; hopefully it can get better all the time I’m here.

“You are your own biggest critic. I’m looking to score four more goals and average 10 crosses per game.”

Antonio scored four in 15 appearances during a loan spell with Colchester.

He says: “Wednesday are a very big club and this is a great opportunity for me.”

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