We’ll work our way out of it, says Semedo

Worksop Town v Sheffield Wednesday.....Jose Semedo
Worksop Town v Sheffield Wednesday.....Jose Semedo

JOSE Semedo is refusing to make wild promises about the Owls’ fortunes next season.

But he does vow that players will be giving it everything in an attempt to launch a promotion challenge.

“We’re going to be working hard to try to get the squad where it should be - that’s in the Championship or even the Premier League,” he said.

“We can’t promise to win every game, but we can promise that we will work very hard, and hopefully the results will come.”

The former Charlton star is pleased with the way his midfield partnership with David Prutton is shaping up.

They look set to get another chance to hone it today in the friendly against Leeds - one of Prutton’s former clubs.

“David is a top player who reads the game so well and makes my job easy,” says Semedo, the more defensive of the duo but also a constructive player when in possession.

Prutton gave a livewire performance against Rotherham on Tuesday and was outstanding in the first half.

“The team played well, every one of us,” reflects Semedo. “We did what the manager wanted. We worked on the way we would play, and the result came.”

Semedo feels that his fitness has come a long way since he began his Wednesday career with the friendly in Austria earlier this month.

After signing for the club, he flew out to join the squad and though he did not arrive at their base in Bad Aussee until 3am he played that evening against Russian team Volga Novgorod.

“Each day since then I felt better and better,” he said. “My teammates and the gaffer have made me feel welcome. I have felt more and more comfortable, and my performances and confidence have got better.

“I’ve also got to know better what the gaffer wants.”

Prutton is similarly satisfied with the way preparations and results have gone so far: “It’s been enjoyable. Pre-season is about fitness levels, and when you also give a good account of yourselves it bodes well for the new season. You get into good habits and want to carry it on.”

The midfield pair were not the only ones to shine against the Millers.

Right-back Lewis Buxton had a storming game, getting up and down the pitch and adding the bonus of a goal.

Chris Sedgwick beavered away on the same flank and set up both goals with corners.

It could have been expected that Sedgwick would be one of the players to miss out as Megson sought to rebuild the squad.

But the ex-Millers midfielder took the eye, took set-pieces - free kicks and corners - and was praised by the manager.

Jermaine Johnson was the biggest threat to Rotherham, playing on the left wing but continually cutting inside, running at defenders and getting in shots.