Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hero Chris Maguire ready to show true form after goal against Leeds United

Chris Maguire
Chris Maguire

Chris Maguire is adamant his best form is still to come after Sheffield Wednesday’s hard-fought draw at Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

The Scot grabbed his second goal of the campaign as Stuart Gray’s men were held to a 1-1 draw at Elland Road in front of the Sky cameras.

Maguire said: “I needed the goal. I’ve felt in the last two games it was coming.

“I felt there was a goal coming around the corner. Hopefully that’s the start of me regularly getting back on the score-sheet.”

By his own admission, Maguire accepts his form has been patchy during the 2014/15 season.

“I feel there is a lot more to come from me and I’m not at the top of my game yet,” said Maguire, who finished top of the goal-scoring charts for Wednesday with 10 goals last season. “I would like to get back to where I was last season as quick as possible.

“There are off field things that happen in your personal life. That’s maybe taken a bit of a toll on me but hopefully I can try and shut that out and move forward.

“I’m still working hard and the manager can see I can still a job for the team with my workrate. It is just a matter of time and hopefully things change very quickly for me.”

The 25-year-old was taken off with 20 minutes left after receiving his fifth booking of the season, meaning he will sit-out the Watford clash following the two-week international break.

He said: “I hope the goal kick-starts my season. We are on a great run and only been beaten twice in the league. We didn’t play to our best against Leeds and we know we can do better. The main thing is we didn’t lose and we will comeback after the break and look to get going again.”

Head coach Stuart Gray left out Sam Hutchinson, insisting the influential midfielder was not quite ready to return to action.

The draw leaves Wednesday in ninth position and although they have made a “decent start”, Gray will not allow complacency to creep in.

“There is a long way to go,” he said. “I need more goals and belief in one on one situations.

“The players deserve all the credit. They have put some fantastic shifts in. On our travels, we have been excellent but we do know we need to start performing and getting three points at home on a regular basis.”