Derby day hero Chris Maguire belives Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray’s faith in him has been the catalyst for his hot scoring streak recently.
Maguire enjoyed a barren start to his Hillsborough career, scoring just once in 18 appearances before being shipped out on loan to Coventry by Gray’s predecessor, Dave Jones.
A shortage of strikers forced Gray to recall Maguire early, and the 25-year-old has scored five in his last eight games - including the winner last Saturday against Barnsley.
“I’m enjoying playing week in, week out, and it’s giving me a lot of confidence,” Maguire said.
“Stuart has given me the opportunity and trusted me, which didn’t happen before, and I am grateful for that.
“It wasn’t happening for me under Dave Jones, but now I am not scared to try things and they’re coming off for me.
“If you ask any player, the most important thing is confidence and I hope to carry on repaying Stuart for his faith in me.”
“I never gave up hope or lost faith in my ability, even when I wasn’t playing,” Maguire added.
“When I was watching from the stand, I still thought my chance would come. I kept my head up, I came back and I’m enjoying it more than ever.”
More responsibility will fall upon Maguire’s shoulders, after it emerged that Sunderland are unlikely to let Connor Wickham return to Hillsborough in the emergency loan window.
“Connor got the headlines because of his goals, and that’s what happens when you score a lot,” Magure added.
“But we never were a one-man team, and all the boys will continue playing for each other.”