Derby boost for Clinton

Charlton Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday.....GOAL....Clinton Morrison equaliser.
Charlton Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday.....GOAL....Clinton Morrison equaliser.

CLINTON Morrison is inspired by the prospect of successive derbies against United and Chesterfield and believes that it is the right time for Wednesday to play them.

The striker feels it offers a perfect chance for the Owls to bounce back from two defeats and repay a debt to their fans.

“In the last few games we haven’t really played well; it’s up to us; this is probably the best time to play two big derbies, against Chesterfield, who are fighting for their lives, and United, who are up there with us,” said the bubbly 32-year-old.

“We’re going to be up for it and we know we need to pick up points to get our season back on track.

“These games inspire you: Chesterfield is going to be a full house and a great atmosphere; it will also be a great atmosphere when we play United and the fans will be right behind us; we have lost our last few games at Hillsborough so we definitely need to put on a show for them.”

Morrison is challenging for a return to the side at Chesterfield today.

“We have to produce, because for the last two or three games we have probably let down the fans, the manager and ourselves,” he added.

He has not been a regular this season but has known the joy of scoring in a derby - for Birmingham against Villa - and wants to make his mark in the Owls’ promotion push.

It would be “magnificent” for him if he was to score a derby winner, especially against United: “It’s what dreams are made of.

“I haven’t been playing a lot but I do think that with my experience there will be a time in the season when I’ll be called upon - hopefully it will be a derby or another important game.

“I’d like to score a derby winner and another goal that gets us promotion. I’d go down as a legend no matter what else I’d done this season!”

Ryan Lowe is another contender to play today, with Gary Madine’s place under threat.

Milan Mandaric, meanwhile, has pledged his loyalty to the Owls after dismissing claims that he was interested in buying Rangers. He said: “My commitment is intact and my only loyalty is with this club.

“We have 15 games to go of a crucial season and this is the time for everyone connected with our club to get together as one team with one desire and one objective. That is to get back to the Championship, which is the first major step of this football club’s future. It is vital I give out this information and that my supporters trust me at this critical time.

“Of course, I have had other issues in my life and everyone is aware of my recent court case in London. I was pleased with the outcome because my proud name was upheld, which was of huge importance to myself, my family, my colleagues and my associates.

“While the result was the right one, which I never doubted for one moment, there has been some emotional damage but my full attention and energy is with this club without any deviation

“ I would also like to say thank you once more to all those who took the time to send me their messages of support and appreciation after what I have to say was a living nightmare. I did absolutely nothing wrong and your trust means so very much to me.

“Throughout that whole process, as much as it possibly could, my focus never left Sheffield Wednesday and that is where it will be - 100 per cent - until the time is right for myself and the club to move on. When that time does come, it will always be in the best interests of our club.

“But while I am here, my commitment is total and my ambitions of achieving our mutual objectives remain the same.

“How could my focus be anywhere else right now? I have been made to feel so welcome by the Sheffield Wednesday community and my love affair with this club is not over, I can assure you of that. My aim now is exactly the same as it was back in the summer – promotion into the Championship.

“My only loyalty in football is to this club, to the Sheffield Wednesday people who have welcomed me into their family and made me feel so special in their hearts. It is my duty as their leader to be open, to be honest, and one thing I can guarantee my supporters is that this chairman will never let you down.”