Prutton wants Owls to finish teams off

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sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton says the team needs to be more ruthless to maintain their pursuit of an automatic promotion position in League One.

A 1-1 draw at play-off contenders MK Dons on Tuesday was a decent result, but it left the 30-year-old summer signing frustrated that maximum points weren’t picked up.

He said: “We had slightly better chances in the second half. But in games like this you need to put them away.

“We had the ball in their box a few times. Straight from the kick off in the second half we had a couple of headers; Reda Johnson’s was cleared off the line, and Gary Madine’s went just past the post.

“Obviously the place we want to be is in that top two. The way we’re going about these games will stand us in good stead for that. But we need to put games like these away.”

After starting the season as part of Gary Megson’s first choice centre midfield pairing alongside Jose Semedo, Prutton has been in and out of the team before impressing enough at Blackpool in the FA Cup to retain his place for the MK match.

However, he says he knows the formula for impressing the Owls’ manager: “Hard work and dedication get you to where you want to be, especially with a manager like ours. For two minutes let you rest on your laurels and not put it in? No chance. You’ve got to have your own standards and if the manager keeps pushing your standards up and up, it can only be good for you and the team.

“More and more it’s a squad game; you have to be ready for when you’re called upon. You get on with it. A younger version of myself might have been a bit more disgruntled.”

Prutton’s colleague Clinton Morrison thought the result at the Dons could be valuable later in the campaign. He posted on Twitter: “Unlucky not to get the win started off slow but got into game eventually that point could become crucial at end of season.”