Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Maguire calls on Owls to make it a memorable Christmas

Owls Chris Maguire salutes a victory
Owls Chris Maguire salutes a victory

Chris Maguire has urged his Sheffield Wednesday team-mates to maintain their momentum over the festive period.

Substitute Claude Dielna scored an injury time winner as the Owls secured a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers to seal back-to-back Championship victories for the first time since September.

Owls Chris Maguire goes between Rovers pair of Ben Marshall and Lee Williamson

Owls Chris Maguire goes between Rovers pair of Ben Marshall and Lee Williamson

Saturday’s win stretched Wednesday’s unbeaten run to four matches and lifted them up to 12th in the standings, just four points adrift of the play-off placings.

Maguire thinks the team should take plenty of confidence from their performance at Ewood Park.

“We got the ball down and played well and they struggled to cope with us at times,” said the Scot. “They tried to come at us with long balls in the end but I thought we handled it well and I’m happy we came away with the three points. We gave away an easy goal away by our standards but we kept fighting right until the end and it’s a great win. There is no better feeling in any dressing room than when you’ve won in the 90th plus minute. That’s two weeks in a row we have had that feeling of winning and we want to keep it going. Beating Blackburn should give us loads of confidence. Not many teams will come here and get the three points.”

They play to their strengths and get the ball up to the big boy up front to win a lot of knock ons.

“I thought everybody defended really well and we managed to hit them on the counter attack.

“We are on a nice run. There are loads of games coming up over this time of year and we want to keep picking up the wins and getting that momentum going.”

Lewis McGugan, on loan from Watford, was stretchered off in the first half at Blackburn following a mid-air collision with Lee Williamson.

“He was knocked out completely,” confirmed head coach Stuart Gray. “At the moment, he’s a bit fragile but the medical side will look after that.”

Jose Semedo will be available for selection again for Saturday’s meeting with Wolves at Hillsborough, having served a one-match suspension for collecting five bookings.

Wednesday, meanwhile, will be ball number 34 for the FA Cup third round draw, which takes place around 7pm tonight. Ties will be played the weekend beginning Saturday January 3.