Sheffield Wednesday: We owe it to loyal fans to turn season around, says skipper Loovens

Glenn Loovens has header cleared off the Huddersfield goal line
Glenn Loovens has header cleared off the Huddersfield goal line

Skipper Glenn Loovens admits he and his Sheffield Wednesday teammates owe it to the club’s supporters to turn their stuttering season around.

Saturday’s goalless draw at Huddersfield Town stretched the Owls’ winless run to 11 matches in all competitions, increasing the pressure on boss Stuart Gray.

Wednesday welcome second-from-bottom Wigan Athletic to Hillsborough on Saturday, having scored just three times and won once in their backyard all campaign.

Loovens told The Star: “The fans always turn up to support us. We owe them a good performance.

“We need to win whether that’s home or away. Our fans have not been spoilt in the last few home games so hopefully we will give them a good performance against Wigan.

“We have played some very good teams at home. Maybe that’s something to do with it. I don’t feel that the players are under more pressure at home than away.

“We have the belief as players. We have got to not panic and believe it will turn.

“We should be confident. We don’t get beaten a lot. We always create chances. We just a need a bit of luck to score and win the game. It’s time to get the three points.”

Wednesday chalked up their 11th clean sheet of the season versus Huddersfield and Loovens is delighted with their defensive record.

“It’s going well defensively,” said the former Celtic and Cardiff City player. “We defend well as a team.

“When teams get a chance, we have Keiren Westwood, who is one of the best goalkeepers at the moment who always pulls off great saves.

“We don’t get lucky at one end but at the other we keep getting the clean sheets. We are always giving ourselves a chance to get something out of games.

“You start from the back and work the way to the top. You need to make sure you are solid at the back. We try to do our best every game and it’s going well for us.”

Gray’s men are the joint lowest goal-scorers in the division and have failed to find the back of the net in six out of their last seven outings.

“It’s not on our mind in the games,” insisted Loovens. “We are concentrating on our jobs. The forwards don’t miss on purpose. It’s just a bit of luck we are lacking at the moment but I’m sure we will turn it around.”