Press on or push off

Tough talking: There's nowhere to hide, says Lewis Buxton
Tough talking: There's nowhere to hide, says Lewis Buxton

sheffield Wednesday full-back Lewis Buxton says players who can’t cope with the pressure of playing for the club shouldn’t be there.

Buxton, aged 27, is enjoying a successful season as a marauding right-back for the Owls and he thinks the constant talk about pressure at the club is a red herring when discussing the form of the team.

The pressure is not affecting Gary Madine

The pressure is not affecting Gary Madine

He said: “Because of the size and the history of the club people expect it to be in a higher league than we are. But it (promotion) doesn’t just happen. We have to work hard. If you can’t handle the pressure of being here you shouldn’t be a professional footballer; it is part of the game.

“The way to cope with it is we try and be as well prepared as we can by the staff. Football is a competitive sport and in competitive sports there is always pressure to perform and get results.”

One of Buxton’s colleagues who has started to come of age is striker Gary Madine.

The 21-year-old seems to be maturing with every match, and Buxton puts it down to the Gateshead-born striker, who leads all League One scorers with seven goals, being regularly on the scoresheet.

He said: “Gary’s like every striker, they want to score goals.”

Buxton, who is pleased with his own form, was disappointed with the way Saturday’s beaten opponents, Yeovil, claimed their first goal.

“They can expect a frosty reception when they come to Hillsborough,” he said.

The Star understands the Owls are trying to bring in Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, aged 30, on loan.