Sheffield Wednesday star wants his starting place back

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Sheffield Wednesday defender Joe Mattock is determined to win his place back in the starting line-up.

Sheffield Wednesday's Joe Mattock says that he wants to win his place back in the team.

The defender had to sit out of the club's 0-0 draw with Norwich City at the weekend due to suspension, but he is determined to break back into the line-up for their next fixture against Charlton Athletic now he is available again. 

Doing so may be easier said than done, though, as Mattock admits that the team played well to get a point against Norwich - who are one of the favourites for promotion this season. 

"I thought the lads did really well but now obviously I want to get my place back in the team," he said to the club's official site

“Defensively, we’re pleased with what we are doing at the moment, we’re not giving much away, we are keeping it tight in games and we need to continue that. The goals will come and once they do, we’ll be right up there."

Wednesday have scored just 11 times in their opening 14 Championship fixtures, so Mattock's concerns about their goalscoring are certainly a worry.

Only Blackpool have a worse record at hitting the back of the net than them and the pressure is on the likes of Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhiu to start justifying their place in the line-up with goals. 

Mattock is a full-back who is comfortable going forward so when he does return he can also help out in this respect. 

Charlton leaked three goals in their last fixture against Fulham, but they have made a good start to the season and if Mattock does come into the team again next weekend he will have a tough test, as he readily admits.

“Charlton will be tough and I’ve said already this season, this division is getting stronger and stronger," he said. “They were down at the bottom of the league last season but have started really well so it will be difficult."

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