Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Maguire sets his sights on being Owls top scorer

Chris Maguire slams home the second goal in Wednesday's win over Forest last weekend
Chris Maguire slams home the second goal in Wednesday's win over Forest last weekend
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Chris Maguire has set his sights on finishing the season as Sheffield Wednesday’s leading scorer.

The winger, whose preferred position is up front, grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign in the Owls’ 2-0 success at Nottingham Forest last week.

Maguire’s strike leaves him three behind top-scorer Atdhe Nuhiu going into Saturday’s Hillsborough meeting with Bolton Wanderers.

The Scot told The Star: “You ask any striker and they will tell you that they want to finish as the club’s top-scorer. I did that last season (Maguire scored 10 goals) and I didn’t play as many games as everybody else did.

“I want to add more goals to my game and keep that title. I’m feeling like I am starting to play the way I did last season. Hopefully the goals can keep coming and my performances will carry on improving.

“I’m probably ahead, goals wise, of where I was this time last year so hopefully I can kick on in the second half of the season. I am confident that if I keep getting chances I will put them away.

“There is a lot of banter on the training ground between the strikers but the main thing is, whoever scores, it’s about the team winning.”

Although they boast the second meanest defence in the Championship, Wednesday have scored a meagre 20 goals. Only bottom club Blackpool (17) have found the back of the net fewer times than Stuart Gray’s troops.

“We deservedly beat Forest last weekend but we still had that edgy feeling where if they got a goal they could have put us under pressure,” admitted Maguire. “We missed some great chances to kill the game off.

“Some people will be surprised at how close we are to the play-offs given that we have not scored lots of goals. It just shows we are not conceding many at the other end and that we have got a strong unit.

“But everybody knows in the team we have got to chip in with more goals. It’s not just the strikers.

“It’s the whole team and hopefully we can get that sorted and keep pushing up the table.”