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Delighted with the win

25 February 2015

Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was delighted with the Owls’ performance and victory at Millwall on Tuesday.

The experienced shot stopper was selected between the sticks for Wednesday in place of the suspended Keiren Westwood.

And the England cap was pleased with his contribution to what he described as a ‘much-needed’ win for Wednesday.

He told “I’m delighted for everyone at the club, the gaffer, the fans, the staff, everyone because it was a much-needed win for us.

“We expected a tough game, Millwall are fighting and struggling in the Championship but after the early pressure, I thought we went on to dominate the game.

“Our forward play was outstanding, we defended well and deserved to pick up the points.”

During the Lions’ spell of early pressure, Kirkland made a key save from Lee Gregory, from which Liam Palmer cleared off the line when the rebound fell to ex-Owls loanee Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

And that proved somewhat of a turning point as the Owls went on to control large parts of the game.

Kirkland said: “I got something on the ball to keep it out and credit to Liam for his work in clearing off the line.

“I felt it was a great game for me to come into. I’m experienced enough to come into a game like that and I thought there was a great atmosphere.

“The only disappointment was obviously conceding a late goal but we don’t want that to detract from what was an excellent night for the club.”

Wednesday are back at Hillsborough on Saturday and face automatic promotion contenders Middlesbrough and on that subject, Kirkland added:

“There are no easy games at this level. We’re coming back to Hillsborough playing one of the most consistent sides at the moment who are right up there.

“As a team, we are delighted with what we did on Tuesday and we want to give something back to the fans this weekend.

“There are a lot of points still to play for and that’s what we are focused on.”

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