SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls eyes on the big prize

Saviour: Michail Antonio celebrates after his added time winner sent Hillsborough rocking.                            Picture: steve ellis
Saviour: Michail Antonio celebrates after his added time winner sent Hillsborough rocking. Picture: steve ellis

SHEFFIELD Wednesday match-winner Michail Antonio says the Owls are paying no attention to their promotion rivals from across the city.

Antonio’s last minute goal against Carlisle United on Saturday, coupled with Sheffield United’s 1-0 defeat at MK Dons, moved Wednesday just one point behind the Blades with two matches remaining.

And with the Owls playing Brentford next Saturday afternoon before United take on Stevenage later that evening Antonio’s team could be in the automatic positions before a ball is kicked at Bramall Lane.

However, the on-loan winger, who is facing a race to be fit after injuring his shoulder during the Carlisle win and aggravating it further in the celebrations after his goal, said the only focus in the Hillsborough dressing room is to continue their good form. He said: “We can’t really concentrate on what they’re doing, we have to concentrate on what we’re doing. If we win our next two games and they win their next two then well done to them.

“We just have to keep pushing on and make sure we get on a good run to the play-offs and win the play-off final.

“So we can’t think about what they’re doing. We can think about that at the end of the season when we know whether we’ve got auto (promotion) or the play-offs. Right now we concentrate on us and getting three points.

“We have a sniff of it (automatic promotion). It’s got to be better getting second because you get two months off instead of a month! But we can’t complain as long as we’re in the Championship next season.”

It looked as though Wednesday were only going to pick up a point despite dominating Carlisle for long periods.

Chris Lines’ first half goal was cancelled out by James Berrett’s strike with eight minutes remaining.

But the stoppage for Antonio’s shoulder injury provided six minutes of additional time and the 22-year-old unleashed a right foot shot into the far corner in the 96th minute.

He praised the Wednesday crowd for inspiring the team: “I didn’t realise (how much injury time) until I heard the cheers from the crowd and I looked over.

“The crowd gave us a buzz and we kept pushing and pushing and I’ve got the winner.”