Sheffield Wednesday: It’s not Den and dusted

Match winner: Chris Maguire celebrates his injury-time winner at the New Den.                   Picture: Steve ellis
Match winner: Chris Maguire celebrates his injury-time winner at the New Den. Picture: Steve ellis

DAVE Jones last night saluted substitute Chris Maguire after the striker’s first goal for the Owls earned them a thrilling 2-1 victory at Millwall in injury time but is refusing to take safety for granted.

The result at the New Den lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone but the Owls boss added: “We still have to keep pushing and make sure.”

Of Maguire, Jones added: “Like everybody who has been on the periphery, he has been doing well. He’s worked his socks off in training; he was going to go on loan (to Portsmouth); got injured, has been playing for the under 21s, - now all that’s in the past for him.

“That will do his confidence the world of good. I’m delighted for the kid.”

Jones added: “The second half was a far better performance than the first. We were lucky to go in 1-1 at half time; it was probably the worst 45 minutes I’ve seen from us in a long time. We were lazy, sloppy. But we got the goal and full credit to the players.”

Giles Coke (foot) and Reda Johnson (ankle) missed out beause of injuries and Jermaine Johnson was only on the bench because his hamstrings had felt tight.