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Glad all over

14 February 2013

 

Michail Antonio insists he will play anywhere for the Owls to fit around the plans of Dave Jones.

 

The traditional winger has moved into a central striking role of late, adding to his goal tally that now stands at eight this season.

 

However, Antonio may revert to the flanks for Wednesday’s next outing against Birmingham in five days’ time, a ploy to which the former Reading man would raise no objection.

 

He said: “I scored nine last season - five for us and four for Colchester - and hopefully I can beat that, but to be honest I just make sure I play well first, and if I get a goal it’s a bonus.


“I found playing as a striker quite difficult at first. When I’m playing out wide, I can see players coming towards me; playing up top, you’ve got your back to them and they’re hitting you from behind. I wasn’t used to it.


“More recently, I’ve kind of got used to it. But I’m more comfortable out wide. That’s my position. I know once I’ve got the ball what I’m going to do; up front, you have to hold it and wait for players to join in.


“If I have to go back out wide to my normal position, I’d love to do it. It’s a lot more work; you have to track back as well work forward, at times.

 

“I make runs across the pitch as well. My stats show I can run 12k during a game. It’s easier up front.”

 

Antonio also had words of praise for new loan recruit Connor Wickham, who came on up front against Derby last time out to partner Leroy Lita.

 

Starting the duo in the final third at St Andrews is an option for the Owls – and Antonio has been impressed from what he has seen so far from Wickham.

 

He added: “When Connor came on after half an hour against Derby, even though he’d not played much this season he looked quite sharp, comfortable and clean.

 

“They worked together quite nicely. It’s a scary thought about what’s going to happen next week.”


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