Jordan Storey spoke to the media on Friday afternoon ahead of the Owls' clash with Cambridge.
Here are the key talking points from our central defender:
ON BOUNCING BACK
We were very frustrated and disappointed in the dressing room last week, it was an off day for us which can happen in football. That game is gone now and we are still confident knowing what we are capable of. There’s a lot of fixtures coming up, most of them at home, so we have to capitalise and make the advantage count. We are capable of getting back into the top six and staying there. With the quality we have, I fancy us to pick up the points we need. But this is a funny old league, we have seen how unpredictable it can be across the division so our focus is always on the next game.
ON COMPETITION FOR PLACES
It’s brilliant that players are coming back. Everyone playing has to be on their ‘A’ game, all the defenders are great players and I pick up bits of my game for improvement from all of them. We have been very steady at the back but we know where we have to improve. Teams aren’t cutting us open, we know where the areas are for improvement. To get these players back on the final straight is massive for us. To lose the players like we did to injuries in the middle of the season must have been hugely frustrating, not just for the manager and players but for the fans as well. It’s healthy to have the competition for places, not everyone is going to play every minute of every game, and if you don’t perform you could be out of the team or out of the squad.
I’ve really enjoyed my time here from the first time I stepped into the building. The coaching staff, the players, everyone really, they have been so welcoming. I’m not here just to play games, I’m here to help the club gain promotion. We’ve had seven wins from the nine games I’ve played, it could hardly have gone better individually but it will count for nothing if we don’t succeed as a team at the end of the season. This club should not be in League One, it should be Championship minimum and if I can play my part in helping that, it will be hugely satisfying for me.
ON THE FUTURE
Never rule anything out, football can be a mad world. I’ve not really thought about that, I will look at that at the end of the season when everything is done and dusted. We will see what unfolds then. This is a massive club so we will see what happens in the summer. To see 22,000/23,000 in Hillsborough for every home game is incredible for this division really. That kind of support gives the players that added boost.
ON THE MANAGER
As a fellow defender, that’s his bread and butter, and the gaffer was an important part of me coming here. He looks at every part of my game and his advice and support is invaluable.