Sheffield Wednesday: Fryatt impact lifts Owls

Stephen McPhail has praised Matty Fryatt's finishing ability
Stephen McPhail has praised Matty Fryatt's finishing ability
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Wednesday have rising hopes that Matty Fryatt can be the man who gets them back to winning ways.

The on-loan striker from Hull showed how lethal he can be when he put them ahead at Brighton.

Manager Dave Jones and team-mates have been encouraged by his impact even though he is still building up his match fitness.

Midfielder Stephen McPhail said: “He got a goal- that’s what he seems to do, and he seems to be in and around the box.

“He’s a sniffer; that’s what we needed, somebody to get us a goal. I’m sure he’ll be a great acquisition.”

Jones commented: “It was a poacher’s goal, a striker’s goal. He shimmied to go one way, then went the other.

“That’s what he’s all about; he didn’t lash it; he placed it into the net.

“It’s something we have been crying out for, for a long time.”

The striker took a Jeremy Helan pass with his back to goal, controlled the ball with one foot and spun to score with the other.

Jones, now gearing up for Saturday’s home match against Ipswich, believes that Fryatt will have even more of an influence as he regains full match fitness.

He was taken off near the end at Brighton because the manager felt he was tiring: he has not played regular league football for 18 months.

McPhail and Roger Johnson are other players who have not seen much matchplay in recent times.

“It’s hard for us,” said Jones. “We need to get players fit by playing them in the games.”

He also includes Lewis Buxton in that category: the defender’s comeback at Brighton was only his second game of the season, and the previous one was six weeks earlier.

McPhail feels that though he and others are getting back into it, experience can aid the younger players and boost the team:

“That’s the role of an experienced player player in the team: try and do the right things, pull people about on the pitch, and try to use your experience to see games out.

“We’ve got some experienced boys. Matty has come in and got us a goal; Roger came in at the same time as me.

“Hopefully we’ll make a difference and get that win under our belt and keep going from there.”

The midfielder shared Jones’ verdict that Brighton’s late equaliser was avoidable: “We just switched off in the box; they had a spare man. It shouldn’t happen. But it’s the way it seems to be happening at the moment.

“See the game out and it’s game over and we get three points.” The 33-year-old is encouraged by many aspects of the team’s play in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Doncaster and the draw at Brighton:

“The last two performances have been magnificent, up to a point,” he said. “We have conceded a couple of sloppy goals; take that away and we’ve done really well.

“It’s important we build on that and try and get a win under our belt; hopefuly it will come on Saturday.

“Results need to change. It’s important we get our first win and try and kick on from there.”