JJ shows way as Owls boss banks on staying power

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GARY Megson is banking on his Wednesday team to show staying power next season - with Jermaine Johnson having already set the right example.

The winger has always been a sprinter rather than a stayer but has worked on his stamina during the summer and is reaping the dividends.

He has looked a livewire in friendlies and he played a full 90 minutes against Leeds, but is not the only player to have pleased his boss.

Megson felt that the team did tire a little towards the end of last Saturday’s game - but he took responsibility for that because they had a tough running session in training on Friday.

“We wouldn’t have done that if it had been a League game; it’s all about being in the best possible shape before we play Rochdale a week on Saturday.

“But quite a few of our players have surprised me with the shape that they’re in at this stage.

“Take JJ: he was not noted for his stamina, and he has come last in nearly every long distance run that we’ve done. But he’s finished them and given it his best shot, and as a result of that he has improved. He’s got to keep doing that, and so has everybody else.”

Megson is also pleased with the winger’s confidence and flair and would like other players to try to show similar self-belief in their own way.

“We’ve looked quite solid but we didn’t cause Leeds huge problems in the second half apart from when JJ had the ball.

“One of the things I’ve said to the players is that I think I believe in them more than they believe in themselves.

“David Prutton scored a good goal, and got into a similar position when he was brought down for what I thought should have been a penalty.

“We have to do that more and more. I don’t mind people making mistakes in the attacking third. We need to settle on the ball a bit and be more patient.”

Lewis Buxton has been another pre-season star, at right back, but after hamstring soreness may miss tonight’s match at Barnsley.