A chance to show their true promotion worth

No complacency: Gary Megson is focused purely on the Spireites
No complacency: Gary Megson is focused purely on the Spireites
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at half- time tomorrow we will be a quarter of the way through the season.

They do say, don’t they, that time flies when you’re enjoying yourself?

Would Wednesday fans have settled for being above United and fourth in the table, going into the 12th match of the season?

You bet.

Gary Megson was right to point out that there is a match against Chesterfield to be dealt with, before Wednesday players and fans can start focusing fully on the city derby.

It’s hard not to think about it already, though, when the Owls are selling tickets for the live screening of THE game at Hillsborough, and we at The Star have just finished putting together a 24-page special - out tomorrow - about the Bramall Lane duel a week on Sunday.

Darren Purse’s comments about the hate-thy-neighbour flavour of the rivalry between city fans are food for thought, coming from someone who has been around and played for Cardiff, West Brom, Birmingham and Millwall, so must have come across some pretty fanatical fans among that lot.

I suppose you get extremists in any walk of life.

In our office and among my circle of friends the conflict between Owls and Blades supporters is either friendly or of the mickey-taking variety.

For those players who aren’t all that familiar with what a Sheffield derby is all about, well they’ll get to find out in nine days’ time.

I suspect that some will be surprised and I recall that some Owls players, before one of the derbies a few years ago, were gobsmacked by the atmosphere.

Anyway, let’s not look too far ahead. What about Chesterfield? Megson is correct to imply that this is a huge banana skin.

But I have not detected any complacency in the camp about the winning run of three successive matches, or the 100 per cent home record.

It is an absolute certainty that, to reinforce that happy state of affairs, the manager will hammer home the point that Chesterfield at home is the only thing that matters at the moment.

This is when genuine promotion-chasers show true professionalism.

Wednesday, after their last three performances and rise up the table, have earned the right to be rated as real contenders, and their application has been spot on.

They could do without losing Reda Johnson and one of last week’s subs, Liam Palmer, but if Julian Bennett gets a left-back call-up then he, as much as anyone on the pitch, will be keen to shine after being signed but losing his place.

Apart from the enforced change it is hard to see Megson disrupting last week’s starting line-up much.

Maybe Chris O’Grady has inched closer to a full recall after going on as a sub for David McGoldrick after an hour at Hartlepool.

I reckon there is no chance of Jermaine Johnson starting the game - but can’t you just picture him going on as a sub and making an impact?

There won’t be a comeback for Ryan Lowe: he’s just had five days off to give rest a chance to cure his ankle problem. But generally the Owls look in good shape.