Sheffield Wednesday: Skipper hails ‘destroyer’ Kamil

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Captain Anthony Gardner believes that his centre-back partnership with “destroyer” Kamil Zayatte can aid a Wednesday revival.

The skipper feels they complement each other and have re-established the understanding they had in the Premier League with Hull.

Kamil Zayatte

Kamil Zayatte

Gardner is targeting a first clean sheet of the season as the Owls head for Leeds today but says that team-work will be an important element as the club aim to end a run of three defeats.

“Kamil is more of a destroyer than I am,” the former England defender told The Star.

“He likes to go and attack the ball - that’s fine because only one of us can attack the ball at any one time. I’m more of a coverer, a sweeper.

“He is strong in the air and he’s quite good on the ground. It can help if both of us have those attributes.”

Gardner also believes that the partnership can get better as Zayatte settles in after two years in Turkey:

“There’s always room for improvement. We’re like two cogs in the 11. Everything else has to be right as well, and that helps our game.”

The skipper has also said that the squad are confident despite results: “I’d be more worried if our performances in the league games hadn’t been good. There’s a lot to build on. But we need to start putting some points on the board sooner rather later, because where we want to be is at the top end of the table.”

“The boys are disappointed with the results. One or two goals could have been stopped. Others we couldn’t do much about.

“We’ve either been ahead or in control then conceded goals- it’s disappointing that when you’re playing well you concede. When it’s an evenly contested match, a goal changes the picture.

“We’ve been on the receiving end of our first two (league) games but we are very much upbeat because we have put in two decent performances. We’re just trying to iron out one or two things.”

Gardner relishes today’s test at Leeds: “It’s a local derby, and it’s on TV. The games last year showed how much it means to both sides and both sets of fans.”