Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star rejects City claim

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Sheffield Wednesday forward Chris Maguire has rubbished claims that their drubbing at Premier League champions Manchester City dented the team’s confidence.

City dismantled the Owls in the second half of their third round Capital One Cup meeting at the Etihad Stadium last month, hitting seven goals without reply past Stuart Gray’s side.

Wednesday's Chris Maguire challenges Leeds Gaetano Berardi.

Wednesday's Chris Maguire challenges Leeds Gaetano Berardi.

Wednesday have failed to win in the Championship since the tie but Maguire believes their defeat to the cup holders has not left any psychological scars on them.

The 25-year-old told The Star: “I don’t think City knocked us. It was a great experience.

“I thought the first 45 minutes we held our own, and were probably the better team.

“But their manager noticed that and they got a talking to at half-time, they turned it on (in the second half) and that’s why they are champions in England.

“It was a great experience for us, we learn from it and move on. It was a bonus game, it wasn’t anything to knock our confidence.”

Two-goal winger Maguire is refusing to panic despite the Owls’ dip in form.

“We have gone six without a win, but against Watford they were probably the best we have come up against this season,” he said. “Those draws we had, those late goals conceded, if we can cut them out then it would be the other end you are talking about, and how well we’re doing.”

Wednesday dropped into the bottom half of the table after their goalless draw at Brentford in midweek. Indeed, Gray’s team go into today’s Hillsborough clash with Norwich seeking a second home win at the seventh attempt.

“I just think we have been unlucky at home; it’s nothing to do with us playing at Hillsborough, like we can’t handle the pressure.

“The last few games - apart from Watford - we have been unlucky, we have conceded some late goals to deny us a win.

“It’s not like we are going 2-0, 3-0 down every week and finding it hard to get back in the game. We have just been unlucky in not been able to see the games out.

“The late goals we conceded against Ipswich and Millwall, the goals they scored came through errors. It’s fine margins, and we need to cut the errors out if we want to start climbing the league again.

“Every team wants to win at home and put on a performance for their fans and we are no different.

“If we had cut some errors out, letting other teams get easy goals, then the fans would have been saying it’s a great run we are on at home.”