Marcus makes his mark

Last updated : 25 January 2010 By Chris Morris

Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay broke put an end to his goal scoring drought on Saturday, bagging both Owls goals in the 2-1 win over Peterborough at Hillsborough.

The front man, named as the PFA fans Championship player of the year last season, has gone on a disappointing run of 13 league games without a goal. This spell, combined with Wednesday’s abysmal overall form prior to the arrival of Alan Irvine had led some to question Tudgay’s commitment to the cause but the new manager has stated nothing could be further from the truth.

Tudgay signed a new contract at Hillsborough in the summer amidst talk of a move to Premier League new boys Burnley and with the Owls struggling in the championship and Tudgay not finding the net some sections of the support had perceived his body language on the pitch as a lack of interest. The striker certainly wasn’t the only player to give this impression during Wednesday’s slump in form but because so much is expected of him after last season and due to the fact he has been linked with a move away in the past much of the attention in an attacking sense was and is often focused on how he plays.   

Irvine commented through the club’s official website that Tudgay “is totally committed to this football club and he has certainly shown that in the three games so far.” His team play enabled Jermaine Johnson to bag the winner against Barnsley, he was unlucky not to find the net in the win at Blackpool and his efforts were finally rewarded with a brace on Saturday. Tudgay’s time with the Owls has suggested that he is a streaky goal scorer who may go a few games without a goal but once he gets one he often goes on a run so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was on target again in the upcoming matches against Scunthorpe and Plymouth.