Sheffield Wednesday: Llera bids to play on

Sheffield Wednesday v Yeovil.....Final whistle Miguel Llera and Jose Semedo
Sheffield Wednesday v Yeovil.....Final whistle Miguel Llera and Jose Semedo

Miguel Llera, who played his part in the terrific 2-0 win at Reading, yearns to hang on to his Owls place though another loan centre half could be signed before tomorrow’s game against Wigan and Glenn Loovens is close to fitness.

Llera was the club’s only fit, recognised and available centre half when he partnered emergency centre-back Jose Semedo on Saturday.

It was the Spaniard’s sixth start during the 11-match unbeaten run.

But boss Stuart Gray has already signed Cardiff’s Adedeji Olishaja, hopes to land another target on whom he narrowly missed out on Friday, and believes that deputy captain Loovens could be ready for tomorrow after being “very close” to playing at Reading.

Gray hopes that FIFA clearance for Olishaja will be be clinched today after waiting in vain until 2pm on Saturday .

“Fingers crossed we’ll freshen it up for Tuesday if we can,” said Gray, who will certainly want to move Semedo back to midfield.

Llera said of Saturday’s game: “It was a big challenge for me, because I didn’t play too many games.I had the chance now because too many players were injured, and when I play I try to do my best.

“I show to the manager that I am ready to play. If I don’t have the luck to play consistently every week, at least when I have the chance I do my best.

“I think a player gives a better performance when he plays some games in a row. I think I got two or three games in a row, I helped the team get points, that’s my job.”

Gray said of Olishaja, who is on loan until March 12: “Present and past staff of Cardiff rate him very highly.

“He’s very quick, reads the game very well; it would have been a great game for him to play (against Reading). I’m a bit disappointred we didn’t get clearance through but he’ll have a part to play.”

Llera felt, as did Gray, that once he and Semedo had settled down they subdued Reading hot-shots Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The Spaniard said: “We have to be proud of the performance that the team put on, because the gap (from the bottom three) is now nine points - that is the most important thing.

“Everybody saw that Semi is a great player. Everybody knows him, I think we had a big challenge, because Le Fondre was player of the month, scoring a lot of goals, Pogrebnyak is a big player with a lot of experience, and not too many people can say they have gone to Reading and kept a clean sheet, against players like them.”