SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Rhys McCabe happy with festive cracker

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RHYS McCabe is targeting a rise up the Championship chart for Sheffield Wednesday after achieving a personal No 1 hit just in time for Christmas.

The midfielder whose glorious volley against Charlton brought the first goal of his professional career sees the Owls’ two successive wins as a possible turning point in their season as they head for Bolton on Boxing Day.

“We can take confidence,” he said, with the club also out of the bottom three.

“Peterborough picked up a win against Bolton, who we’ve got next; there’s no reason why can’t get another three points.

“We’ve been in a tough patch; now it’s good for everybody at the club.

“There was a bit of a mood around the stadium and around the players in general, but I’m hoping this [the two wins] is the turning point in the season.

“With some of our results we have been unlucky. I thinking we’re showing more of a togetherness and we’re defending as unit, and it’s working for us just now.””

The 20-year-old who was signed from Rangers in the summer also hopes hopes that fellow scorer Jeremy Helan will stay.

The Owls are in talks with Manchester City and the player over extending his loan, which expired after his superb goal in stoppage time sealed Saturday’s 2-0 win and a second clean sheet on the trot.

It was also the first goal of Helan’s career.

“He’s done great,” said McCabe. “He’s another young lad who’s come in; it’s hard for him, not knowing a lot of the boys, but he’s stated his case; he’s done really well.”