Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Maguire ‘back on track’ after frustrating time

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For the lack of goals, time on the bench and regularly being subbed off, Chris Maguire says he has never lost confidence in his own ability.

But the versatile forward admits frustration did begin to creep in before his recent improved run of form for Wednesday.

“There was a run of games where I’d be looking up around the 60 minute mark and be thinking ‘here we go again’,” Maguire said.

“I’d know it’d be me that would be coming off.

“It gets frustrating because I want to stay on as long as I can.

“The game opens up in the last ten minutes and I feel like I’ve got something where I can come up with a winner.

“I do think the manager knows that as well but he takes the decision to take me off and that’s something I have to respect.

“I think over the last few weeks I’ve shown I deserve to stay on and hopefully I can do that until the end of the season.”

There has been little doubt that the 25-year-old has had to ride through somewhat of a rough patch of form this season with the goalless draw against Rotherham a particular low point for the Scottish forward.

And while he is looking much more like the player of the second half of last season, one key aspect is missing for Maguire: goals.

Starting on New Year’s Day, he hit ten goals before the end of the season. He has just two to his name so far this term.

However, he is unwaveringly confident the goals will come

Maguire said: “A few goals are the only think I’d say is missing from myself right now.

“But I know they’ll come.

“I’m confident I’ll take chances if they come.

“If I can get a couple of goals it’ll help me and the team as well.

“It was around this time last year that I really kicked on. Hopefully it can happen again.”

Maguire is increasingly identified as a winger for the Owls. Even with a goal shortage among the regular strike pairing of Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhiu, Maguire still finds himself positioned out wide.

Moving into midfield has seen a switch in the former Aberdeen trainee’s responsibilities and a need to embrace a more defensive role.

He said: “I’d quite happily defend for the team rather than scoring a goal myself if it means we got something out of the game.

“This season alone I think I’ve defended a lot more in games compared to going forward.

“It’s a team game and I want to help the team.

“I feel like I could still do a job up top.

“That’s where I started and I feel I can still play, either up front or off the striker.

“But it’s good I can play in a number of positions. I’m a team player so I’ll take one for the team rather than myself.”

Maguire is bouncing back and there is a need for Wednesday to do the same after last weekend’s frustrating defeat to Wolves, a game which the Owls dominated for long stretches.

And the forward is confident they can do that away at Fulham tomorrow to head into the Christmas period on a winning note.

He said: “Last Saturday was maybe a blip.

“It was disappointing for us and the fans but we go again this weekend.

“We’ve pretty much done the same things we were doing all through the run without winning and it was the same against Wolves.

“We’re working hard as a team and creating chances but the goals aren’t coming.

“The big worry for us would be if we weren’t creating chances.

“If we keep going the way we are, the goals will come and we’ll have no problems.

“With the way we’re going and the way Fulham are doing at the minute, I think you’d have to have us as favourites.

“Hopefully we can show that.

“They’ve had a tough time of it and hopefully we can give them another tough time.

“We’re going there with a great away support and there’s no reason why we can’t win.”

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