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Sheffield Wednesday: What Jordan Thorniley has had to say on the international break

Defender Jordan Thorniley says the international break has come at a good time for Sheffield Wednesday.

Jos Luhukay's men soared into the Championship play-off positions after Sunday's hard-earned victory against Bristol City.

Wednesday are in good form, having lost just one of their last nine matches, but they will have to wait until October 19 to resume their league campaign when they welcome fourth-placed Middlesbrough to Hillsborough.

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"I don't think the break has come at a bad time," Thorniley told The Star. "The fact is we have a tough run of games so sometimes you need the break.

"We will re-energise and go again after the international break."

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Substitute Lucas Joao's superb second half brace at Ashton Gate lifted the Owls into sixth spot.

Thorniley, utilised on the left hand side of midfield, said: "We struggled in the first 30 minutes but I thought in the last 15 minutes we worked our way back into the game and in the second half we played some decent football. We did a lot better.

"Obviously, after the two goals, we sat back a bit and they had a spell but they were always going to have that. They were pushing for it at home.

Jordan Thorniley played on the left hand side of midfield against Bristol City

Jordan Thorniley played on the left hand side of midfield against Bristol City

"I thought the lads did well and big Heck (Michael Hector) headed everything out of the box.

"The lads stuck together, showed good team ethic, dug in and got two goals that we needed."

The Robins briefly threatened a comeback when striker Matty Taylor slotted home an 80th minute penalty after Josh Onomah bundled over Callum O'Dowda in the box.

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It raised fears of Wednesday throwing away a commanding lead for the second match running, having let slip a two-goal advantage at home to West Bromwich Albion.

But the Owls kept their composure and held on to secure a second successive victory on the road.

Thorniley said: "We definitely learned from what happened on Wednesday night (against WBA).

"There were a couple of times in the last 10 minutes (on Sunday) where they were breaking free and we made professional fouls. Everyone gets fuming if you are playing against them but it is what you need to do in the game to get three points."

Michael Hector was arguably the pick of Wednesday's players last weekend. The centre-half, on loan from Chelsea until the end of the campaign, was dominant in the air and strong in the tackle.

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"He was everywhere," admitted Thorniley. "He was there blocking, making tackles and he won every header. He was massive for us.

"Heck is a big presence at the back. Since he has come in, he has done really well so credit to him."

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