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Setting the tone

18 December 2012

Anthony Gardner insists it is vital the players take confidence from last weekend’s win over Barnsley and put in a performance on home soil against Charlton.

The Owls – who boast the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 23,673 – are without an S6 win since the 2-1 victory over Peterborough in early November and Gardner is keen to put that right on Saturday.

The 32-year-old says his side must give the crowd a performance and reward their backing with three points and an exit from the drop zone.

He said: “We need to give the fans an opportunity to get behind us by putting in a performance.

“By doing that, I think away teams will find it much more difficult to come to Hillsborough.

“The fact is we have to start winning at home again. I have been to Hillsborough in the past and it can be an intimidating place to come.”

Gardner, who has featured 15 times for Wednesday since his summer switch to S6, has targeted three points from this weekend’s clash against the Addicks to kick-start a productive festive period.

“When results are not going your way, sometimes players may do things in a different way,” he explained. “When your confidence is flying, you do things naturally.

“That’s where we need to get back to. It’s up to us to set the tone and make our home ground a fortress, which is what it should be.

“I played at a big club in Tottenham so I know what it is like to play in front of a crowd with big expectations. But that is what all players thrive on and with our support, we can turn our situation around.”

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