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Nuhiu: 'It was for my uncle'

3 March 2014

Atdhe Nuhiu has dedicated his match-winning penalty against Middlesbrough on Saturday to his uncle, who passed away last month.

With the pressure on from the spot in the 87th minute, Nuhiu took responsibility in front of the Kop and confidently dispatched from 12 yards to win the game for Wednesday.

During the celebrations, the towering striker revealed a message on his shirt in memory of his uncle Xh. Nuhiu who died earlier this year.

Nuhiu told “That goal was for my uncle who died one month ago. I wanted to score it for him.

“I had it in my mind a long time that I wanted to score a goal and dedicate it to him and I was really happy to do it.

“There was pressure with it being so late but I am not scared of a situation like that, it’s part of the game.

“I was clear in my mind that I would score, I practise them in training and I was confident on Saturday.”

That win moved Wednesday 12 points clear of the dangerzone and with 14 games left to play, the Austrian striker is keen to extend the Owls’ good run of form in the Championship and climb even further.

He added: “I’ve said it before, I’m only looking up with this squad we have. There are 14 games to play and for me, I want to rise up this league.

“We’ve shown we can beat any team when we’re on our game and under Stuart Gray, we are moving forward. I’m really enjoying it here and hopefully we can celebrate more moments like that in the coming weeks.”

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