Jacques Maghoma admits: 'It's frustrating when you're not playing'

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Sheffield Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma has not played in the club's last three games.

Jacques Maghoma admits that he is feeling frustrated after being left out Sheffield Wednesday's recent matches. 

Maghoma has not played in any of the Owls' last three games after losing his place in the team and he hasn't enjoyed his time on the substitutes' bench.

Although the former Burton Albion man says he understands Stuart Gray's reasoning behind leaving him out he still is determined to win his starting place back. 

“It is frustrating when you are not playing,” he said to the Sheffield Telegraph. “But players have been doing well in my position. Chris Maguire and Royston Drenthe have got some assists and created a lot of chances.

“It is hard for a manager to change a team when players are in form and the team is getting results. I want the team to carry on doing well but hopefully I can get back into the side and show what I can do.”

Maghoma staked his claim to get back into the team during midweek, as he notched two goals for the club's development side.

It would have been easy for the Congolese-born midfielder to have sulked after being dropped, but he seems to have redoubled his efforts after being left out and that attitude is sure to have impressed Gray. 

As Maghoma points out, though, the Owls have improved without him and the competition for places has increased as a result. 

Wednesday have picked up wins against Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic without Maghoma in the team and their goal threat also looks to have increased. 

The Owls scored just 12 goals in their first 18 Championship matches this campaign, but four goals in last three games has made their goal-scoring chart look more respectable. 

If Maghoma does return to the team, as he is aiming, he will be looking to prove that the side are even more dangerous with him included in the starting line-up. 

The Owls face Fulham on Saturday knowing that a win could lift them to eighth place in the division.  

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