Sheffield Wednesday: Owls look to shackle red-hot Rodallega

Fulham's Hugo Rodallega.
Fulham's Hugo Rodallega.

For Sheffield Wednesday to extend their unbeaten away run to six matches, they will have to shackle one of the Championship’s form strikers this weekend.

More than 3,500 Owls fans will head to Craven Cottage hoping the team can keep Fulham forward Hugo Rodallega quiet.

The Colombian ace has bagged nine goals in 17 appearances during the 2014/15 campaign, including four in his last five outings.

Rodallega’s latest strike helped Fulham edge past Leeds United last Saturday, a result which moved the London outfit to within three points of Wednesday.

Fulham boss Kit Symons is tipping Rodallega to stay on the goal trail and to continue playing a big part in their renaissance.

“Confidence is a huge thing in football but especially with strikers I think,” said Symons. “Hugo’s confidence is up and he’s really, really enjoying his football.

“I think you can see that and I think someone like Hugo, who’s a lovely lad, wears his heart on his sleeve and he needs to be happy, he needs to feel loved and he’s certainly that at Fulham.

“He’s enjoying his football and we’re loving him scoring all the goals for us.”

Seko Fofana, Rodallega’s teammate, is calling on the Cottagers to build on their fine win at Elland Road. But the French youth international, on loan from Manchester City until January 31, is refusing to underestimate the threat Stuart Gray’s charges will pose.

The 19-year-old midfielder stressed: “It’s important not to be complacent.

“It [Wednesday] will be another hard fixture; our opponents won’t be coming here wanting to lose so we’re expecting a hard encounter.

“Nonetheless, we want a victory and we’ll be doing everything we can to earn it. I’ll be looking to continue to work hard and, if called upon, I’ll be looking to perform well.”