Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire insists ‘there’s more to come from me’

Chris Maguire
Chris Maguire

Could do better.

That is the conclusion Chris Maguire would produce if filling out a self-assessment form on his start to the season.

When it comes to the Owls as a whole, the 25-year-old speaks in much more glowing terms following a run of just one defeat in the opening seven games.

But he says he will not be fully satisfied until he feels he is firing on all cylinders.

“I will say it’s good to get the run of games I’ve been getting,” Maguire said.

“I’d definitely liked to have got a few more goals. I’ve been unlucky with a few chances.

“I’m starting to get back into the swing of things but I don’t feel as though I’ve kept on compared to what I was doing last season.

“I think I’ve been a bit steady rather than much more.

“I know there’s more to come from me and hopefully it’ll come sooner rather than later.”

The Scotsman has started all seven of the Owls’ games so far this season, and all on the right of midfield.

He has found the net once but maintains his target of beating last season’s ten goal tally, even if he is likely to remain on the wing rather than in his favoured striker’s role.

Maguire said: “I can’t use playing out wide is too much of an excuse for the goals because when I game back in last season, I played there and scored.

“It’s about turning a corner for me and hopefully that’ll come quickly.

“I get as good a kick out of setting someone up as I do scoring myself.

“Obviously I’d like to better my goal tally from last season.

“No matter where I’m asked to play I’ll do a job for the team.

“The manager knows that, he’s got good faith in me and I like to give that back by giving 100 per cent, whether or not I’m playing in my preferred position.”

While critical of his personal performances so far, Maguire is largely upbeat by Wednesday’s start to the campaign.

Positivity is the order of the day at the club, despite a first defeat of the campaign coming against Nottingham Forest in the final game before the international break.

Driving both the positivity and the good results according to Maguire, is the feeling of togetherness in the squad that has been fostered by head coach Stuart Gray.

“Everyone can see it’s about team work and everybody being in it together,” the former Derby forward said.

“Not many teams will go to Brighton and win but we did. And we scored three goals at Middlesbrough and beat Burnley on their patch.

“Everyone is in great spirits and people can see the togetherness out on the pitch,

“It’s a close-knit group of players and everyone is helping each other out.

“It starts with the way the manager sets up training.

“There’s a great mood in training where everyone works hard but you can also have a laugh.

“The balance is just right. If anyone is slacking, they will get told.

“That good feeling about the place is something we’d like to keep.”

A fourth consecutive away win would certainly help in keeping the positivity alive among the Owls squad.

Tomorrow they travel to Bolton Wanderers who are still hunting for their first win of the campaign.

While insisting victory is far from a foregone conclusion, Maguire feels Wednesday can twist the knife at the Macron Stadium.

He said: “Like any team, if you haven’t got the points the fans will start getting on your backs early door.

“If we go there and upset them as early as we can with a goal or two, it’s up to them to come at us and I’m sure we’ll find more gaps.

“We can’t look at the game and think we’re just going to turn up and win because in this league anyone can beat anyone.

“But with the way we’ve been playing, we’re probably the favourites.

“I think they’ll be worrying more about us than we will be about them.”