Sheffield Wednesday: We’ve done well against the best so let’s do it again urges Maguire

Chris Maguire

Chris Maguire

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They might be hunting the Championship title on Saturday but Premier League-bound Watford hold no fear for Owls forward Chris Maguire.

Victory for the Hornets over the Owls on Saturday will secure them top spot to go alongside promotion which was secured last week.

Watford has swept aside 27 opponents already in the league, scoring an average of two goals a game in the process.

But Maguire is says Wednesday will go to Vicarage Road with confidence, having held their own against the best sides in the division this season.

“We have beaten some good teams this year,” Maguire said.

“I don’t think there has been a side who have walked all over us.

“We know we have a good, honest bunch of lads and that comes from the manager.

“He drills that into everybody and everybody knows what they have to do.

“We have a great spirit. I think we showed that against Bournemouth when probably nobody expected us to get anything down there.

“We went there confident that we could get something and we’ll do the same this weekend.”

Maguire is one of the 16 Owls players whose contracts will expire at the end of the season.

After joining from Derby County, Maguire has spent the last three years at Hillsborough.

And while hopeful of extending his own stay for a few more years, the 26-year-old also hopes to see as much of the current squad kept together as possible.

“It’s about consistency so hopefully we can keep everybody together,” Maguire said.

“I know a lot of boys are out of contract but we will see what happens in the summer.”

One player Maguire would love to see Wednesday retain is Kieran Lee.

And he revealed he has been desperate to beat his fellow midfielder in the scoring stakes by the end of the season.

Maguire’s penalties against Bournemouth and Leeds United moved him onto eight goals for the campaign, the late surge taking him two clear of Lee after his own recent burst of goals.

“I had a little chuckle with him at half time at Bournemouth saying how he was on the same amount of goals as me,” Maguire said.

“The fitness coach said I’d better go out and get one which happily I did.

“I’m just happy to be ahead of him.

“But in all seriousness, he’s been a vital player for us, the same as last year.”