Sheffield Wednesday: Howard eyes Hillsborough chance

Steve Howard in action on his Owls debut at Bristol City
Steve Howard in action on his Owls debut at Bristol City

STEVE Howard has scored seven goals against Wednesday for three different clubs.

But he yearns to aid their cause and make a Hillsborough bow in a blue-and-white shirt.

The 36-year-old striker missed out on a home debut against Barnsley last Saturday but, after playing for just over an hour at Bristol City on Monday, hopes to repeat former glories by getting his first Wednesday goal, against Blackburn tomorrow - given the chance.

The on-loan Hartlepool centre foward says: “I have got a lot of friends who are big Sheffield Wednesday fans; Hillsborough has always been a place I have loved playing. I have always done well when I have played.

“It would be nice to play some part in the game. The atmosphere was unbelievable against Barnsley and I am really looking forward to it.

“I wasn’t disappointed to be part of it (last Saturday) because I joined the squad late. I didn’t expect to play. The gaffer said he wanted to keep me fresh for Monday.

“The (Barnsley) game was a bit scrappy but the atmosphere was superb. I was sitting there and thinking I wouldn’t mind being on that pitch.”

Howard’s goals against the Owls came for Luton, Derby and Leicester, between 2004 and 2009, and he has had mixed results against them home and away.

Wednesday’s interest in him dates back to 2004 when they were in League One and tried to sign him from Luton: the Hatters rejected a bid of £300,000 plus £100,000 if the Owls were promoted and a further £100,000 if they reached the Premier League.

He has scored three goals for Hartlepool this season in 28 league starts and six outings as a sub.

Dave Jones is not without other options up front as he targets victory tomorrow and a chance to go three points ahead of a club who were in the Premier League last season.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says his team must show some fight: “It’s as simple as that, we’re going to have to, to stay in this division.

“Everyone is going to be fighting for it and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

“Of course the situation is worrying. The club got relegated from the Premier League last year so we know what it feels like and we certainly don’t need it happening again.

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down from today and have a right good go at Sheffield Wednesday. If we go there and win, that doesn’t mean we’re safe.”