Gary Megson last night hailed Sheffield Wednesday’s “magnificent” supporters who backed their team noisily to the end at Blackburn Rovers despite having seen them go three down inside the first seven minutes.
The Owls manager said his players were “shell-shocked” after the catastrophic start and that “shocking” defending had cost them the first goal.
But he felt that they put up stiffer resistance as the Carling Cup tie wore on and said the away following of almost 2,000 had backed the players brilliantly.
He also praised Clinton Morrison for his performance as a sub and his fine goal early in the second half but admitted that the tie was put beyond Wednesday’s reach by Rovers’ whirlwind start. He said: “We kicked off about ten past eight, I think. Our defending was shocking for the first goal. We were a bit shell-shocked and never recovered from that. We spoke at half time about forgetting what the score was and making sure we played with a bit of pride and something like we can do, albeit against Premier League opposition.
“Clinton scored a good goal. You could see the boost and confidence we gained from it. When you are getting pasted like we were in the first ten minutes it is difficult though from that point onwards we were OK. The support has to be seen to be believed. It is absolutely magnificent. 1,800 came across from Sheffield to watch a team that they knew wasn’t going to be any where near full strength and was 3-0 down within seven minutes.
“Yet their’s were the only voices you could hear” said the manager. Megson also said that only three of last night’s starting line up will start Saturday’s league game against Scunthorpe.