A million miles to go for Owls

Sheffield Wednesday v Hartlepool....Owls Danny Batth beats Pools Adam Boyd
Sheffield Wednesday v Hartlepool....Owls Danny Batth beats Pools Adam Boyd
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Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson says the club still has ‘a million miles’ to go despite declaring the Owls safe from relegation.

Megson was in bullish mood after seeing his team win for the third straight match at Hillsborough on Saturday.

He said the 2-0 victory over Hartlepool United had guaranteed League One football next season, and he hit back at critics who suggested his record had been poor since replacing Alan Irvine:

“It is a good feeling (to win three straight), but it’s still a disappointment because everything went wrong in January. It makes me laugh that people say ‘the impact you’ve had’ and all this stuff. And they ask am I disappointed with it?

“Well the team I took over hadn’t won in six games. We couldn’t buy a win home or away and we were on the crest of a slump.

“We’re still not where I want us to be by a million miles but that performance (against Hartlepool), compared to the first one I saw against MK Dons, is a vast amount of difference.” Wednesday never looked in danger against a disappointing Hartlepool side. Once Tommy Miller, who was restored to the line-up, had put the Owls in front with a penalty just before half time the team grew in confidence.

Gary Madine made it two midway through the second half to seal a comfortable three-points.

Wednesday could have added several more, said Megson, if they had shown more composure. He singled out centre half Danny Batth for special praise. The 20-year-old loanee from Wolves was in excellent form against Hartlepool, which his manager says is down to hard work on the training pitch:

“He’s only a kid but if every pro was like him then football would be a much better place.

“He’s first in training, he does weights every day, you can’t get him off the training field, he wants to improve. He’s so honest and such a nice person you want him to do well. And he is doing well.”