SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Michail Antonio refuses to be downbeat

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MICHAIL Antonio is encouraged by the Owls’ performance against Premier League club Southampton and upbeat about their prospects on Saturday against a Wolves outfit who are fresh out of the top flight.

The £750,000 winger is also looking to bounce back to form after what he perceives as a personal blip at St Mary’s in the Capital One Cup defeat. “Southampton beat Aston Villa 4-1 last Saturday; we lost 2-0 but had opportunities and didn’t take them, “ he told The Star. “On Saturday, we are going to an ex-Premier League team; you never know; anything can happen; no team is unbeatable.”

The Owls, currently bidding to end a run of five successive defeats, also face Burnley away next Tuesday. “It’s the league we’re in,” he added. “Nothing is going to come easy. Every point we want, we have to earn it.

“We start with a point and we’ve got to earn the three. We can’t expect teams to roll over for us.”

Antonio had a chance to put the Owls ahead five minutes before they fell behind at St Mary’s. He reflected: “Jose Semedo played a diagonal ball; I chested it down; the ball kind of skipped away from me, I stretched to tap it around the keeper but I put too much on it.

“Their keeper made good saves as well - from Nejc Pecnik and two from Jermaine Johnson; Stephen Bywater made two saves and kept us in the game.”