Sheffield Wednesday: Stay with us, Owls star urges fans

Michail Antonio is congratulated by Atdhe Nuhiu after scoring Wednesday's equaliser
Michail Antonio is congratulated by Atdhe Nuhiu after scoring Wednesday's equaliser

Michail Antonio is urging fans to keep faith with the Wednesday team as they continue the search for a first win of the season.

The forward who scored in the 1-1 draw with Ipswich believes that supporters can keep playing their part and that just one victory is all the breakthrough that the Owls will need.

“We believe one win will make a chain reaction and we’ll start riding the league,” he says, recalling last season’s big revival.

“I feel the fans should have faith in us; we’ve done it last season; we’ll do it again.

“I don’t think you should get anxious; when we’re playing, just back the boys. If you starting roaring it gives us a lift; if you start huffing and puffing it’s not going to give us a lift, it’s pressure, when there’s already pressure because we haven’t won a game.

“After the game you can have your disagreement and be upset. But just try and lift the boys, because the game’s not over until the final whistle.

“I know we’re meant to try and lift the fans, but just have belief. Anything can happen, at any time. In the 90th minute we could have got a goal.”

Antonio believes that the Owls have played well in the last three games and were worth more than the two points they have picked up from the trip to Brighton and home clashes with Doncaster and Ipswich.

“We conceded a sloppy goal (on Saturday) but we managed to pull back straight away. Although they had opportunities we had a better one when Matty Fryatt was through and their keeper made a very good save.

“When things aren’t going your way, things happen to try and keep you down. All we need now is a scrappy win or any type of win, so we can say ‘it’s happened now’ and we can move on.

“We need to start keeping more clean sheets. I’m not saying it’s the defence’s fault. As a team we need to defend better.

“In every game except for Doncaster we have scored. If we’d had kept clean sheets we’d have won. That’s all that’s holding us back.”

He cited the Ipswich goal: “We had a corner and all our centre halves were up front so our midfield players were defending at the time. For them (Ipswich) to pass the ball to the halfway line and for the striker to be all on his own is a massive mishap. We have to defend as a team.”

But he was pleased with his goal, his second of the season: “Hopefully that can be a benchmark for me and I can start to push and get more.”

Meanwhile, the announcement by the Owls of a decision on Gary Madine is awaited. Reports last week that the jailed striker had already been sacked were incorrect.

It is also understood that Wednesday insist he has been getting paid throughout his absence from the club - contrary to what was said in court.