Sheffield Wednesday: Atdhe Nuhiu hails Owls’ ‘phenomenal’ progress

Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates with Stuart Gray after the Owls' win over Wigan
Atdhe Nuhiu celebrates with Stuart Gray after the Owls' win over Wigan

Atdhe Nuhiu says the progress the Owls have made from last season to this is ‘phenomenal.’

Wednesday are nine points and nine Championship places better off than they were at the same stage of the previous campaign.

And after back-to-back wins and clean sheets, Nuhiu is bowled over by the continued development of the Owls, something he puts down to teamwork.

“If I compare this season with the last season than we are much, much far away now than what we were then,” Nuhiu said.

“We have to think about how we have progressed since then and I think it is phenomenal.

“We have much more belief in ourselves. The manager always gives us belief in how good we are.

“We have shown already that we are a really good team, hard to beat.

“Everyone works hard for each other and this is the most important thing for us.

“We can win games by team work and we don’t lose games because of our team work.”

Nuhiu netted the only goal of the game as the Owls beat Wigan on Tuesday night.

His second half header was his sixth goal of the season but his first since September 30.

While describing himself as his biggest critic, the striker says as long as Wednesday were victorious, he was not concerned over whether or not he was on the scoresheet.

He said: “I’ve always said, as long as we win, I don’t have a problem with not scoring.

“Any player wants to score goals because without goals, you do not win the game.

“And as a striker, I like to score goals because that is why I am here.

“For me, it is more important that when I leave the pitch, we have won the game.

“If I can put my presence on the game and we win, then I was part of the win.

“We won the game at Wigan and I scored which is good for me.

“But I would not be happy if I had scored and we had lost 1-0.

“The first thing is whether Sheffield Wednesday won the game and then who scored comes after that.

Consecutive 1-0 wins over Blackpool and Wigan between Christmas and New Year saw the Owls bounce back strongly from the disappointing 4-0 loss at Fulham.

Nuhiu believes the heavy defeat delivered a timely jolt to get Wednesday back on track.

“It sound strange to say but sometimes you need a 4-0 defeat,” Nuhiu said.

“When we woke up from that, look at what we have done.”

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