Sheffield Wednesday: Owls will bounce back, says Jacques Maghoma

Owls Jacques Maghoma leaves City's Craig Noone trailing
Owls Jacques Maghoma leaves City's Craig Noone trailing

Forward Jacques Maghoma is desperate to right the wrongs of last weekend when Sheffield Wednesday entertain in-form Ipswich Town tomorrow night.

Stuart Gray’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at managerless Cardiff City on Saturday, leaving the Owls ninth in the Championship standings.

The loss means Wednesday have slipped to back-to-back away defeats, conceding nine goals.

Maghoma claimed the Owls started off well in South Wales but paid the price for taking their “foot off the pedal”, with Sean Morrison heading in Peter Whittingham’s 39th minute free-kick.

He said: “It’s not like us to concede from a set piece but sometimes you can’t do anything about the quality of the delivery. The delivery was fantastic but I think we could have defended it a little bit better.

“We spoke before the game about not conceding any free kicks around the edge of the box because we know the delivery is good and they have got big players. We knew that was the only way they would score a goal.

“In the second half, we showed what we are really about and then we let the second goal in which was disappointing. We pushed them back, got the equaliser and then let in a soft goal.

“We were pushing on for a second and had a great chance with the cross from Liam Palmer to Stevie May. They went on to score and hung on at the end. It was a disappointing game.

“We’ve got to put this one behind us and get our heads up. Tuesday is another game to get it right.

“We have to pick ourselves up after two defeats in a row. It will be a tough game against Ipswich but we have to get back to how we started the season with high intensity and high tempo and hopefully we can get some points.”

Maghoma said the turning point was May’s fifth minute shot which was cleared off the line by Fabio Da Silva.

“I asked Stevie why he didn’t lash it he said he didn’t see him [Fabio] coming across,” he said. “It was good defending. Fabio has played in the Premier League so has come across that situation before and ran back towards the line. It was one of them where the little margins count.

“If we had gone on to score early on in the first half, I think we probably would have gone on to win the game and quietened the crowd down.”

The forward said “everyone was massively disappointed” with the result but rejected suggestions there was a hangover from their 7-0 humbling at Premier League champions Manchester City in the Capital One Cup.

“There was no hangover from the City game,” he insisted. “We started well against a team low on confidence and had some early chances.

“We went into their slow tempo when we should have kicked on. We have to put it behind us. That’s our first away loss in the league.

“It’s still early on in the season. It’s going to be a long season. There are going to be massive highs and lows. We’ve had two massive lows with two defeats in a row.

“Everyone was massively disappointed in the changing room, especially with the way we conceded the two goals against a side who are low on confidence. We should have got the points but it wasn’t meant to be.”

Tom Lees is a major injury concern for Wednesday. The centre-back, who has been tower of strength since joining from Leeds United in the summer, missed Saturday’s match because of a hamstring problem. Head coach Gray is unsure how long Lees is likely to be out of action for as Lewis Buxton deputised at centre-half.

Gray, who wants to bring in a new striker on loan, said Kieran Lee is edging closer to full fitness while Sam Hutchinson could be in contention for the televised Yorkshire derby at Leeds United.

*Owls U21s cruised to a 3-1 victory over Bristol City yesterday after strikes by Ryan Meadows, Paul Corry and a Rhys McCabe penalty.