Danny targets his goal

High hopes: Danny Batth has been trying to persuade Gary Megson to let him go up for corners
High hopes: Danny Batth has been trying to persuade Gary Megson to let him go up for corners
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WEDNESDAY head for the lowly setting of Gigg Lane tonight but Danny Batth is aiming high as he gets stuck into his second loan stay with the club.

The ideal for the defender would be the League One title with Wednesday then eventually a career in the Premier League.

If he can help towards this season’s target with goals then all the better for the man who would like to emulate Rob Jones.

The Owls captain is regarded as a major threat at set pieces and he scored with a header in the opening game against Rochdale.

Batth believes that Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth was another game that illustrated the importance of set pieces, though on that occasion it was the opposition who scored.

“It also showed how goals change games,” said the 20-year-old centre half who has been a rugged performer defensively in the first two League contests.

“The Bournemouth game could have gone either way but the first goal affected our performance and the result.”

He added: “I’ve been on at the gaffer for me go up for corners. Hopefully when I do, I’ll take my chance.

“I scored a few for the [Wolves] reserves and I got one for Colchester [on loan]. I also practise in training. Hopefully it will come soon.”

As the Owls bid to bounce back from a setback, he says: “We’ve got show we’re real contenders for the title; we’ve got to be hard to beat.

“I think everybody at the club is really looking for toward to the challenge of getting out of this league and winning games along the way.”

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy rates Batth as a prospect and wanted him to do pre-season at Molineux so he could be assessed before going back to Hillsborough on loan until January.

“The experience of playing in the this league helps you to learn what to do and how to respond to different atmospheres and results,” said Batth.

“You learn things you wouldn’t pick up in practice matches. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to play at a higher level and I’ll be ready.

“I’m a young man. You’ve got to aspire to play at the top level; that’s what I’m looking to do.”

The aim of newest signing Chris Lines will be a full debut at Bury after he staked his claim with his performance as a sub at Bournemouth.

While Megson may be reluctant to makes changes so soon after the team performed well against Rochdale in the opening game, he has made it clear that continually fluctuating form will not be tolerated:

“Chris is a talented lad. Jose Semedo and David Prutton both played exceptionally well agaimnst Rochdale; Prutton did ok at Bournemouth, Semedo wasn’t at the same level. Anybody will be given the opportunity to play below par but they won’t be able to do it twice. If you’re not playing well, other people will be given the opportunity.”

Knowing that Bury will see the Owls as a big scalp, he says: “It’s the beginning of the season and things are very close.

“If we beat Bury it will be promotion form, six points from three games; if we get beaten it will be relegation form, an average of one point per game. Everything is there for us to play for - as it is for a lot of other teams. We have to make sure we start on the front foot”

Wednesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Bradford City will be played on Tuesday, August 30, 7.45pm, and will be televised live by Sky. The Owls beat Blackpool last week on TV in the Carling Cup first round. The bonus for appearing was reportedly £100,000 for Wednesday.


The Teams

BURY (Possible): Belford, Picken, Skarz, Sweeney, Worrall, Bishop, Jones, Lowe, Sodje, Hughes, Mozika. (4-4-2).

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (Possible): Weaver, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett, Palmer, Semedo, Prutton, Sedgwick, Morrison, Madine. (4-4-2).


Colin webster (Tyne&Wear): Went close to abandoning a pre-season friendly at Darlington last month after hundreds of Newcastle fans invaded the pitch. Joey Barton, who was the Magpies’ captain for the night, is said to have stayed calm and helped to clear the pitch.