Sheffield Wednesday: Fryatt bids to outfox Dickov

Matty Fryatt, right, on the way to scoring a goal for Hull against his old club Leicester
Matty Fryatt, right, on the way to scoring a goal for Hull against his old club Leicester

Wednesday new boy Matty Fryatt is aiming to put one over on an old pal at Hillsborough today.

The on-loan striker from Hull was a teammate of Doncaster manager Paul Dickov when they were at Leicester.

Dickov once tipped Fryatt to score 20 goals before Christmas for the Foxes - and he did, in 2008.

But the Owls newcomer’s present aim is just to play games after missing almost the whole of last season through injury and get back in the old scoring routine.

Fryatt says of Dickov: “I know him quite well. Obviously he was a player at Leicester; now he’s gone into management. He’s a good guy.

“It’s a local derby, a big game. Hopefully we can get a good result.”

The 27-year-old said he has not yet been told by Dave Jones whether he will start against Dickov’s team. But he seems sure to play some part. Jones plunged Roger Johnson and Stephen McPhail straight into debuts last week.

Fryatt had prolific spells at Hull and Leicester and was a £1.2m buy two years ago. He says: “I need to start playing. I haven’t played regular football for 18 month. This is a great opportunity to get games and hopefully score goals. I know this is a big club - they just need some positive results.

“My fitness has been good; the only way you can get match fitness is by playing in games.

“I’ve played in this division since I made my debut as a 17-year-old at Walsall. I’ve scored goals and hopefully I’ll do it again.”

He made four appearances last spring and has played in Cup 1-0 wins against Leyton Orient and Huddersfield this season.