Sheffield Wednesday: ‘We’re on our way to becoming a great side,’ says scorer Marco Matias

Goal hero Marco Matias believes manager Jos Luhukay is in the process of building a "great" Sheffield Wednesday team.

Attacker Matias scored for the third time this season as the Owls won 2-1 at Aston Villa last Saturday to climb to 10th in the Championship table.

Marco Matias celebrates his goal against Aston Villa

Marco Matias celebrates his goal against Aston Villa

Luhukay's men have turned round a poor start to the season and head into Friday's Yorkshire derby against Leeds United at Hillsborough with four wins and a draw in their last six matches.

"We are taking it step by step, game by game," said Matias, who capped an excellent individual display by setting Wednesday on their  way at Villa Park with a clinical 18-yard strike in the 49th minute.

"The most important thing is just to focus on the next game. I hope we can achieve the three points against Leeds.

"We are building up a great team."

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Wednesday put a disappointing showing in a 2-1 midweek reverse at Nottingham Forest to deservedly beat last term's beaten play-off finalists, Villa, who were among the favourites for promotion when the 2018/19 campaign began last month.

"Our motivation is always the highest it can be," Matias said. "We didn't make a good performance at Forest but it is in the past. 

"We need to enjoy this (Villa) victory because we worked so hard for it, then we train for the next game which will be very important."

Leeds arrive in S6 as the Championship's top side but suffered their first league loss last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 on home turf by Birmingham City. The Owls will move into the play-off places if they can inflict a second reverse on Marco Bielsa's outfit.

Matias, whose contract expires in the summer, has put his injury problems behind him to become a regular starter under Luhukay and has scored against Sunderland, in the Carabao Cup, Stoke City and Villa.

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The 29-year-old is delighted to have fought his way back into the side but is refusing to say how many goals he is aiming for this season.

"I want to keep my targets for me," he said. "The most important thing is the team. 

"I'm happy to get fit. I hope I can keep going."