Sheffield Wednesday: Antonio’s part in Owls new look

Chris Maguire is mobbed by Atdhe Nuhiu, foreground, Joe Mattock, Liam Palmer, Miguel Llera and other team-mates after his winner against Barnsley

Chris Maguire is mobbed by Atdhe Nuhiu, foreground, Joe Mattock, Liam Palmer, Miguel Llera and other team-mates after his winner against Barnsley

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If Michail Antonio plays against Reading today then he will be joining an exclusive club.

Few of the likely line-up figured in the 5-2 win against the Royals in November.

It illustrates the changes that have occurred at Hillsborough since Dave Jones was in charge and Stuart Gray took over.

Of the team that started against Barnsley last Saturday, Chris Kirkland was the only survivor from the 11 that began the breakthrough victory against Reading.

Antonio and Jeremy Helan, both possible starters today, joined Kirkland in that team, which read: Kirkland, Buxton, Zayatte, Roger Johnson, Reda Johnson, Antonio, Olofinjana, McPhail, Helan, Fryatt, Wickham.

The Reading game was followed by three defeats and ultimately Jones was sacked - but Atdhe Nuhiu thinks that the workrate of the squad has been consistent:

“It is something great that we have shown in the recent games but I am not surprised by that, because we have a good team but, I don’t know why, we needed a bit longer to show that,” he said.

“It is difficult to explain, but what I know 100 per cent is that we all work really hard; two or three months ago we worked hard but didn’t get the results we are getting now; I think we also have a bit of luck that we didn’t have before.

“Every manager has his own philosophy - they are all different. Stuart is another type of manager and maybe it’s right now better for the team, and he has shown that. Since he took over I think we have been doing very well. Maybe it’s his personality, but he has something different from Dave Jones.”

Nuhiu showed the team spirit when, despite having been taken off during the Barnsley game, he ran to the Kop end to dive into the celebration of Chris Maguire’s winner.

He said: “I was a bit angry because I was taken off; then when we scored I was very happy. To score in the 97th minute doesn’t happen very often. It’s a thing you have to appreciate and enjoy; it was a derby as well.”