Why O’Grady looks on the bright side

Opened account: Chris O'Grady scored his first Hillsborough goal and third for the club in last week's thrilling draw.    picture: Steve Ellis
Opened account: Chris O'Grady scored his first Hillsborough goal and third for the club in last week's thrilling draw. picture: Steve Ellis
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OWLS striker Chris O’Grady is showing that perseverance pays off.

He has found his goals hard to come by but has a philosophy that if you keep plugging away then the rewards will come.

When he headed home against Huddersfield last Saturday it was his first at Hillsborough and only his third for the club after his £350,000 summer arrival from Rochdale.

But, because of a foot problem sustained while he was at Dale, he has made only 15 appearances - including two from the bench and a debut that was cut short by the injury.

His modest tally of goals does not reflect the unselfish work he does for the team - and he is happy to keep grafting away in aid of the team’s cause and feels he will end up with his own rewards.

Last Saturday’s match showed what he is all about it: he was denied a goal when his shot was saved just before the same scramble ended with Reda Johnson netting his fourth of the season and an equaliser.

But O’Grady remained a constant thorn in Huddersfield’s side and received a pay-off when his instinctive header from a Chris Lines free kick made it 4-2.

“I thought I’d done it with that shot,” reflects the centre forward, “but it was saved on the line.

“If you keep going, it will come.

“I just stay the same, knowing that things are on course, we are on course, and I’ll go into the next game thinking the same.”

O’Grady also felt that the Owls could feel fairly happy overall with the outcome of the Huddersfield game, though they lost a 4-2 lead, as at one stage they trailed 2-0. But he is an optimist who looks on the bright side.

He explained: “I’ve in the game quite a while, and I’ve been longer at teams where you are on such a high then something goes wrong and it escalates because people get down.

“You have to be positive and get through it.”

He has been praised by Gary Megson for his endeavour and the way he has helped to make goals for others; team-mates also greatly appreciate his efforts.

O’Grady has also had a 12-match run in the side and established himself as the club’s leading centre forward, especially since Gary Madine went out injured.

He was Madine’s partner and has secured his place since the top scorer broke a toe, with Clinton Morrison on the bench since his return from a loan spell at MK Dons, and Ryan Lowe and recent loan signing Sanchez Watt fighting it out for the spot alongside O’Grady.

Watt has started the last two games; Lowe has come on as a sub at half time in each of them, replacing Ben Marshall at Oldham (with Watt switching to the left wing) and taking over from Watt up front against Huddersfield in last Saturday’s game.