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Ready for the run-in

2 April 2013

 

Loan recruit Steve Howard is aiming to play a part in the Owls’ bid to avoid the drop and help the club push on up the division in the final seven games.

 

The striker believes his move to Hillsborough will bring about a new lease of life for the former Leicester man, who is also confident Wednesday can remain in the Championship.


Howard made his debut for the club on Monday against Bristol City and is keen to make his first appearance at Hillsborough having sampled the atmosphere last time out against Barnsley.


He told Wednesday Player: “I told the manager I want to come here, enjoy it and play with a smile on my face which I haven’t done for a while.


“I thoroughly enjoyed my debut and now I want to help the club push on.

 
“The manager told me to come here and enjoy myself and that was the biggest pull.”

 


Although disappointed with the draw against the Robins, Howard has hailed the fighting spirit within the squad that has seen Dave Jones’ side pick up four points from a possible six over the Easter period.


“There are a great set of lads at this club and they are all fighting,” Howard said. “There is a ‘never say die’ attitude here and without a shadow of a doubt, I believe this club can stay up.


“It was very frustrating and almost felt like a loss at Bristol. We played some good stuff, did well to get the goal but we got pipped at the end.”


Wednesday now have the prospect of another crunch clash at Hillsborough on Saturday with relegation rivals Blackburn Rovers in town.


The Ewood Park side are without a Championship victory since 9 February and are now embroiled in the fight to stay in the division.


Howard added: “It would be nice to play some part in the game without a doubt. The atmosphere against Barnsley was absolutely unbelievable.


“I’ve got a lot of friends who are Wednesday fans, I’ve played here many times and it’s a massive club. If I’m called upon I’ll be ready to help the team out.”

 

Click below to see Steve Howard's first interview on Player:

 


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