Sheffield Wednesday: Lewis McGugan wants to see Owls finish season on a big high

LLewis McGugan celebrates what turned out to be the matchwinner against Blackpool
LLewis McGugan celebrates what turned out to be the matchwinner against Blackpool

Goal hero Lewis McGugan has called on Sheffield Wednesday to maintain their good form going into the final 10 matches of the Championship season.

The talented midfielder bagged his third goal in his last five outings to lead the Owls to a 1-0 success at bottom-of-the-table Blackpool on Saturday.

Victory moved Stuart Gray’s men up to 10th in the standings and McGugan, on loan from Watford until the end of the campaign, is urging his teammates to keep maintain their high standards.

The 26-year-old, who has not ruled out joining Wednesday on a permanent basis in the summer, told The Star: “We’ve got to finish on a high and as strong as possible.

“Everything that happens from now until the end of the season breeds confidence going into the new season and that’s what we are thinking. If we can try and put a run together, it puts everyone in a better frame of mind going into the summer. Everyone goes away for the summer in a better mood so that’s what we have got to look at.

“We’ve got to be as positive as possible going into each game and look to finish on a high note.”

Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri’s £37.5m takeover of the club has lifted everyone’s spirits, according to McGugan.

He said: “Any new ownership breeds confidence around the place, not just with the players, but the staff as well. Everyone wants to do the best possible job, showcase their talents and do the right things so I think it can only be a good thing.”

Sam Hutchinson was forced off in the 18th minute at Bloomfield Road after sustaining a foot injury. The former Chelsea midfielder left the ground wearing a protective boot and was set to be sent for a scan.

“I really feel for Sam; he’s just so unlucky,” said Gray. “He’s gone to clear the ball and caught the studs of their lad and there’s no real protection on that part of the boot.

“In typical Sam style, he’s tried to run it off but he was in pain. Sam is such an honest and genuine lad. Hopefully it’s not as bad as what we think it is.”

Gray admits Jose Semedo could be out of action for several weeks after scan results revealed he had suffered ligament damage in his foot. Kamil Zayatte continues to received treatment from Owls’ medical team for his hamstring problem