Owls midfield ace wants to take centre stage

Sheffield Wednesday Stock Pics....Chris Lines

Sheffield Wednesday Stock Pics....Chris Lines

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CHRIS Lines heads for Hartlepool today aiming to cement his new spot in the centre of the Owls midfield and hoping that he can get back in an old goalscoring routine.

Lines seized his chance on his recall in place of the injured David Prutton with an assured display against Exeter after being in and out of the team and sometimes playing out wide.

But he prefers to perform in the middle and went close to notching the bonus of his first Wednesday goal.

Gary Megson wants to see more of the deadly form that gave the £50,000 signing 11 goals for Bristol Rovers the season before last.

Lines, who hit the post last week, admits: “I haven’t got a goal yet but I’ve have been in an out of the team.

“If I get a run in the side it will be nice to get some goals.

“I’m playing slightly deeper than in previous seasons; I’m trying to get on the ball, and get it off the back four.

“If the goals come, they come, but if they don’t, I’m more than happy to create them for other people.

“At Bristol Rovers, we were a bit more direct; we tried to get the ball and then win the second ball.

“Here it’s more a case of me dropping as deep as I can to get on the ball; I’m prefectly happy doing that

“I enjoy passing the ball; it’s one of the main things I came here to do. We have some great players who can pass it. We passed Exeter off the pitch at times; we have to do that all through the season.”

Although content to have any role for the Owls, he feels that centre midfield is his best spot. “I’m not going to moan about playing out of position but if I play in the middle, like I did last Saturday, I can show what I can really do; that’s what I’m aiming to do for the rest of the season,” he said.

Hartlepool manager Mick Wadsworth says that Wednesday are the biggest club in League One. “This is a terrific test for us,” he said.

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