Gary Hooper praises Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Ross Wallace

Ross Wallace set up Gary Hooper's first goal for Sheffield Wednesday earlier this week.

Gary Hooper has praised Ross Wallace on Sheffield Wednesday’s official site for setting up his first goal for the club.

Hooper netted in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons yesterday evening, but his strike owed much to the endeavor of Wallace.

The Scottish midfielder did well to round a MK Dons defender, before cutting the ball back for Hooper to smash home.

And the Norwich City loanee said: “We started to come on stronger in the second half and it was a nice assist from Ross, I took my first goal well but it wasn’t enough and we lost the game. We have to move on.

“I’ve got to keep my head down, keep training well and look forward to Wolves. It’s a home game and we are normally good at home so it’s a game to look forward to.”

Hooper’s goal counted for little at stadium:mk, as Wednesday had fallen behind to goals from Carl Baker and Nicky Maynard.

The defeat left Wednesday without a win in their last four matches, and they will be keen to get back on track as they look to keep pace with the play-off chasing pack.

Hooper will be hoping that he can fire the goals to get Wednesday back into contention as he has made a slow start to life at Hillsborough.

The former Celtic striker has not made the impact many had hoped for so far, but his first goal should give him a platform to build upon in future weeks.

Wednesday’s next match comes against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

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