Loan ace Will Keane has spoken of his relief after scoring his first ever professional goal in Sheffield Wednesday’s battling 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
Keane, making just his third Owls start, rescued a point after slotting in a 75th minute penalty against the Bluebirds after Matthew Connolly upended debutant Sergiu Bus in the box. Former Wednesday loanee Kenwyne Jones had given Cardiff an early lead.
Watched on by several friends and family members in the crowd at Hillsborough, Keane admitted: “For any striker, it’s always a relief to get that first goal to get yourself underway and settle you down a little bit.
“It is good to get off the mark. Every goal counts. As soon as I saw that we got the penalty, I was confident enough to take it and was glad to see it hit the back of the net.
“I feel like I have played quite well in the first few games without posing too much of a goal threat. It is great to get my first goal and I’m sure that will give me more confidence to go on and hopefully keep scoring.”
Keane, on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, has previously enjoyed loan spells at Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic.
The 22-year-old said: “They [United] just wanted me to come here, get experience and get games. They feel like that’s valuable for me at this point of my career and so do I.
“I wanted to come here and get a good run of games and hopefully prove myself and get recognised that way.
“United have people coming to watch the games and keep in touch. Hopefully someone will have come and watched the game on Saturday!
“I’m still on constant contact with United. I go back there every now and then just to show my face.
“But I want to do as well as possible at Wednesday and see where that leaves me at the end of the season.”
Stockport-born Keane, whose brother Michael plays for Burnley, accepts Wednesday must quickly turnaround their slump in fortunes to keep in touch with the play-off pack. After failing to win for the third successive home match, Stuart Gray’s men are now 11 points adrift of the top-six.
“We are going to have to start picking up three points and putting a run together,” conceded Keane. “We know anything can happen in this league and hopefully if we can a few wins that can push us back up the table. We need to make sure we keep in touching distance.
“We showed spirit to comeback against Cardiff. We are still confident and hopefully we can get the three points at Ipswich and push on from there. Ipswich and Brighton are two massive games but we just want to take each game as it comes.”