Date: 11th November 2007 at 8:10pm
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New Owls recruit Akpo Sodje is fast becoming a fans’ favourite at Hillsborough after his arrival from Port Vale – and Wednesday boss Brian Laws is delighted with performances.

Sodje arrived at Hillsborough under a slight question mark, with many fans wondering whether Akpo’s arrival was a panic buy from Laws during a tough start to the season for the Owls.

But the hitman has grown and grown in confidence each week, resulting in a huge standing ovation after netting two goals in the 5-0 rout of Southampton at the weekend.

And Laws is confident there is more to come from the striker, who is ‘oozing’ with confidence following his superb performances in recent weeks which have draw the plaudits and silenced his critics.

‘Sodje came into a struggling team and this is a big football club,’ Laws told the official SWFC website.

‘It has probably shocked him in that sense and it has probably taken him a while to find his feet but he got that first goal at Plymouth and you could see him ooze with confidence.’

And although Wednesday suffered a huge blow with the news that Francis Jeffers will be missing until January at least, Laws insists Akpo is more than filling in for the ‘fox in the box’.

Laws continued: ‘Today he has got a couple of goals and they’re not tap-ins are they? They were outstanding and I can’t wait to see his second goal again, it has come from a very acute angle but he has blasted it in the back of the net.

‘He has not only scored the goals but he has worked hard as well. We have had a massive jolt with Jeffers missing but Sodje has come in and said ‘you don’t have to miss him.”