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PFA Interview With James O'Connor

Plenty of reasons to be cheerful, says James

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder James O'Connor is looking for some stability at Hillsborough after playing for four clubs in the last five years. The Dubliner is hoping to use his experience to put Wednesday in with a shot at the Championship play-offs this season as they try to return to the Premier League after a lengthy absence.

Some inconsistent results have kept Brian Laws' men in mid-table, but the Owls have already shown that they are capable of giving the fans something to shout about - most notably their Steel City derby victory over Sheffield United. They followed that up with another South Yorkshire scalp as they held Doncaster off and O'Connor, 29, hopes that Laws gets a new contract so that they can start building for the future.

Injuries have hindered Wednesday this term and that translates into inconsistent results as last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Derby showed, which sent them plummeting to 14th in the table. However, O'Connor
spoke to givemefootball's Ian Clarkson and insisted there is plenty of reason for optimism at the club.

YOU'RE LOOKING TO STICK AROUND AT WEDNESDAY AFTER STINTS AT WEST BROM, STOKE AND BURNLEY, DO YOU GET THE FEELING THE MANAGER HAS THE BEGINNINGS OF SOMETHING GOOD HERE?

Without doubt; I don't know what the situation is with the manager and any contract but, as far as I'm concerned, I hope the manager stays and we can all look to get some stability at the club and kick on from here. For the moment though, I think we can only look to next week, we really need to get our heads down and stick together.

DO WEDNESDAY HAVE IT IN THEM TO STAY UP THERE WITH THE PLAY-OFF CONTENDERS?

I hope so. We played Doncaster recently and made it two games unbeaten; those are the sort of things that we need to build on. But I think what we need most is a little more consistency. We need to train
hard every week and concentrate on getting positive results.

SO WHAT'S NEEDED OVER THE REST OF THE SEASON?

We have to be a lot better - and we all agree on that. But we know that if we get three points from games then we can climb back into the top half of the table. It's important we work on that in training every week. Sometimes we go a goal up and become a little too cautious. From the fans' point of view it might not be good to watch and if you concede then you're in trouble again. But that can be understandable if you haven't had a good run. We need to look at that.

BUT THERE'S PLENTY TO GET ENCOURAGED ABOUT ISN'T THERE?

To read more of this interview, please click the link below: Click Here

(Used with permission of www.givemefootball.com - official website of the PFA)




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Date:Monday November 17 2008

Time: 1:50PM

Your Comments

"plummeting to 14th" Oh come on, we were.. what.. 12th before that? :)
Auckland Owl
Be positive......we're still only 6 points off the playoffs!!
US Owl
Two wins on the bounce is something to get excited about??
SuperOwls
 

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