Sheffield Wednesday: Nuhiu tells Owls to stay calm

Atdhe Nuhiu believes that Sheffield Wednesday can take encouragement from their performance against Doncaster even though they lost.

The striker says that if the Owls can keep up the form shown for much of Saturday’s game then they will start to win matches.

Atdhe Nuhiu's downward header is cleared off the line by Rovers skipper Rob Jones.

Atdhe Nuhiu's downward header is cleared off the line by Rovers skipper Rob Jones.

They bounced back from a beating at Birmingham to dominate long periods of the South Yorkshire derby yet went down 1-0 to what manager Dave Jones described as a “smash and grab” raid.

Nuhiu says: “Everybody is really disappointed, but I think we showed a reaction from the previous game and showed that we can play very good football.

“I think everybody in the stadium could see that we really tried everything, but the only thing was the ball didn’t want to go inside (the net).

“In football these things happen. But I am proud of what I saw. The way we played this game was very good.

“But still in football the aim is to win games and get the three points; the fact is we didn’t get them.

“So we have to keep going. I am sure that if we continue to play how we did, our goals will come and the bit of luck you need sometimes will come.

“I think everybody can beat everybody (in the Championship). It’s not that they are so much better than us.

“Sometimes we concede goals too easily, maybe.”

Nuhiu himself went close to scoring before former Owls target Federico Macheda headed a winner.

New loan signing Matty Fryatt is almost certain to make a full debut up front at Brighton tomorrow after playing from the 69th minute as a sub on Saturday.

Jones thought it better for him to begin on the bench after he arrived on Friday and had barely had time to work with the other players.

Nuhiu, left out for the last two away games for tactical reasons, on Saturday staked a claim to retain his place tomorrow.

He added: “I think we can hold our heads up. .Sure, we are disappointed because we did not get the three points.

“But we have to keep going and we have to believe that if we continue to play like that then the wins will come.”

Jones was pleased with much of the team’s play, yet felt passing and crossing could have been better at times and the conceding of the goal was “poor,” with Macheda allowed a free header from close range.

The manager said: “We said before the game and at half time ‘don’t get caught with a sucker punch.’ We did. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.”