Brian Howard brings home the baconBy Jonny Fordham
February 26, 2010
Sheffield Wednesday hate figure Brian Howard is out to silence the Owls fans who branded him a ‘pig’ during his Sheffield United days.
The 27-year-old midfielder scored Reading’s second equaliser as Royals progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a
3-2 win at West Brom on Wednesday night.
And Howard, who made a combined 168 appearances for Barnsley as well as the Blades between July 2005 and August 2009, is looking for pay-back against the Wednesday boo boys when they visit Madejski Stadium tomorrow (3pm kick-off).
Howard said: “The two sides that Wednesday hate the most are my two old clubs.
“I got called a ‘Dingle’ when I was playing at Barnsley and got called a pig at United. So I’ll be getting called all sorts – hopefully I can stick one in the net and silence them all this time.
“We’ve had a couple of big games in recent weeks and have done alright. We’ve got a game in hand as well so we can create a bit of a buffer.
“Getting to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup is great, but it’s no good if you’re in the bottom three. We have to take our good form into the Sheffield Wednesday game and get the three points.”
The former Swindon Town star admitted his 92nd-minute goal at the Hawthorns with his right peg was definitely one to savour.
Ex-England Under-20 international Howard has popped up with some crucial goals in his career, dumping Liverpool out of the cup with the Barnsley in 2008 as well as his strike this week.
“It’s a nice habit to have,” said left-footer Howard.
“I’ve got a few important goals in my career and it’s a nice thing to look back on and people may see me as someone for the big occasions.
“We’re turning what looked like being a dismal season into something that’s good for everyone.
“It’s good times right now. These are big nights in football and some of the young lads are starting to realise what it’s all about.”
And Howard said that the whole team were desperate to earn a cup semi-final place at Wembley for team-mate Jobi McAnuff.
The winger picked up a red card after the final whistle following a confrontation with Youssuf Mulumbu at West Brom and now looks set to miss the next three games through suspension.
He added: “We’re all gutted for Jobi, he’s been a big player for us this season and it looks like he’ll miss a couple of games now.
“It gives us another incentive to get the win against Aston Villa and allow Jobi to showcase his skills at Wembley.”