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Feeling fine

18 December 2013


Stephen McPhail is enjoying the current feelgood factor in S6 and craving more of the same.


The Owls head into tonight’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan knowing just a point will take them out of the bottom three after their recent upturn in results.


But McPhail is aiming for all three to complement the six posted against Leicester and Watford.


He said: “We have played some big teams recently and if you would have said we would get six points from those games, I’m sure we’d have taken that.


“We’ve got the monkey off the back now with an away win and a clean sheet and it’s given us great confidence.


“We have two home games now in four days so hopefully we can capitalise on those wins.


“We spoke before the game on Saturday that we were yet to keep a clean sheet and how important it was that it came quickly. Thankfully it did.


“You can’t win games if you keep conceding goals.”



Quizzed on the impact of first team coach Stuart Gray, who has stepped ably into the hot seat since the departure of Dave Jones, McPhail revealed the exercise has been one of fine tuning rather than drastic overhaul.


The playmaker also revealed he would like to see Gray take the reins on a permanent basis.


He added: “Stuart Gray hasn’t changed things massively but he has kept things more simple and his training sessions are really enjoyable and very upbeat.


“There are small things he’s changed to suit the way he does things and it seems to be working for us; the boys are all really enjoying it and looking forward to coming in for training every day.


“Personally I would like Stuart to get the job. He’s managed in the past, he a great coach and knows everyone inside out so, yes, I would like to see it and I think he deserves it after the recent wins.”


McPhail concluded by confirming his wish to stay at Hillsborough beyond the expiry of his current deal in January.


He said: “None of the players know who the manager will be so no one knows who will be going or staying.


“Once the manager situation is sorted, I’m sure they will talk to us then. If everything goes to plan and the club want me to stay, I’d like to get that done.”


* Prices for Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic (7.45pm) have been reduced to just £10 and £5 for all home areas of the ground.


Supporters can pay at the turnstiles but are advised to buy their tickets in advance to avoid unnecessary queuing on the night.


Tickets can be purchased in person at the Owls Megastore, online byCLICKING HEREor by telephone on 0871 900 1867 (£2 booking fee per ticket).

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