Sheffield Wednesday: Seyi backs Owls to tame Lions

Owls loanee Seyi Olofinjana stops Reds David Perkins.
Owls loanee Seyi Olofinjana stops Reds David Perkins.
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POWERHOUSE midfielder Seyi Olofinjana is confident Sheffield Wednesday will cope with the racket at the New Den tonight.

The Owls travel to Millwall seeking a third win in four Championship outings in their battle to avoid the drop.

But Olofinjana, on loan from Hull City until the end of the season, has warned his Wednesday teammates to expect a “very hostile” atmosphere at the New Den.

“It is a little bit different at Millwall,” he told The Star. “It is very hostile and we are going to have to contend with that but I think our boys are brave enough to deal with it.

“Every game is a cup final for us. We’ve got to keep battling. The league is so tight that if you lose a game you are right back down there.”

Olofinjana’s contract at Hull runs out in the summer and he has admitted he would be interested in a permanent move to Hillsborough. Dave Jones, the Wednesday boss, has been pleased with the Nigerian international’s contribution in the middle of the park.

Jones, who has previously worked with Olofinjana at Wolves and Cardiff City, declined to comment on the possibility of signing the 32-year-old on a full transfer but said: “I brought Seyi into this country. I paid money for him and he’s had a good career in the English game.

“He’s still hungry for it. His contract is up so he’s looking to put himself in the shop window so they are the type of players you need. I have worked with him before so I think that shows how much I appreciate him. He’s had a good start here and he’s got to continue that. I think all of the loans we’ve got here are really good and doing their bit.”

Millwall, unbeaten in six matches, face Wigan Athletic at Wembley in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday but remain embroiled in the scrap to stay up. Only two points separate the 15th-placed Lions and Wednesday in the table.

Jones, who guided Cardiff to the FA Cup final in 2008, said: “They’ve had a really good season and they are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup which is a fantastic achievement. The place will be buzzing. I’ve got to the semi-finals before so I know how hard it is to get there. They will have a really busy week. They are not out of danger but they’ve done really well and had a good season.

“The fans make a lot of noise down there. They are on top of you. They are screaming and shouting at you good and bad things.

“You’ve got to take the game to them. It is about what we do. Our confidence is high. We don’t fear anybody. I think maybe at the start of the season we were a little bit in awe of certain teams. That was our learning curve. We are capable of beating anyone in this division as we have proven.”