Teale on the attack as he targets promotion surge

GARY Teale wants Wednesday to be like the England team who smashed Australia in the Ashes series.

He is not suggesting that the Owls should ditch their boots for bat and ball.

But he does feel that his team are at their best when they play on the front foot - which is of course a term applied to an attacking style of play.

Just as England launched into the Aussies' bowling Down Under, the Owls came out and hammered Bristol City 3-0.

"I think we're much better when we play on the front foot - when we're pressing teams and playing further up the field," says Teale.

"The gaffer sets us up to attack other teams, but of course games don't always pan out like you want them to."

The winger heads into Saturday's game against Charlton buoyed by last Saturday's sparkling second half and by his fourth goal of the season: a rare header from him, taken like a centre-forward.

"We're not going to win the Cup but if you win games it breeds confidence," he added.

"We'd been letting ourselves down at home; our home form hasn't been too bad.

"If we can take the performance against Bristol City into the next game, we can build on that.

"It's nice to be in the fourth round of the cup, and hopefully we can go on a run now."

The Owls need a win tomorrow to overtake Charlton after being pushed down to seventh spot, one place and one point behind the Addicks.

The game brings Akpo Sodje back to Hillsborough but it is doubtful whether he will start.

The striker, who will be 30 this month, went on as a sub for the last 20 minutes of Charlton's 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Spurs on Sunday.

He has not been a regular in the side this season and was an unused sub when his team beat Wednesday 1-0 at The Valley in October.

Charlton, who have centre-forward Paul Benson serving a three-match ban, have signed Liverpool striker Nathan Ecclestone on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old has made seven appearances for the Reds this season.

Charlton chairman Michael Slater said: "A number of clubs were keen to sign Nathan on loan during the transfer window, most of which were in higher divisions, so we had to move very quickly and we're delighted to have captured his signature.

"He's very highly rated and has already played Premier League and European football this season, so he'll be a fantastic addition to our squad."

Charlton fired manager Phil Parkinson 10 days ago after a run of five games without a win, and made Keith Peacock caretaker boss.

Parkinson pipped Alan Irvine to the Manager of the Month award in November.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe has rejected managerial offers from Charlton and Crystal Palace.Got a view? Leave a comment below.

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Rare header: Winger Gary Teale celebrates his goal in the FA Cup