Liam right back on upward path

Versatile prospect: Midfielder Liam Palmer impressed boss Gary Megson while at full back.                  Picture: Steve Ellis
Versatile prospect: Midfielder Liam Palmer impressed boss Gary Megson while at full back. Picture: Steve Ellis
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GARY Megson has picked out three positives as he pores over the defeat at Blackburn and plans for tomorrow’s visit of Scunthorpe.

The Owls manager was satisfied with the contributions of Liam Palmer and substitute Chris Lines besides the impact of half-time sub Clinton Morrison.

Lines and Morrison have been recent first-teamers so are challenging to start against the Iron as Megson reverts to his strongest possible team after making eight changes at Ewood Park.

Palmer, though a central midfield player, once again marked himself as a versatile prospect when he played for most of the Carling Cup tie at right back after Jon Otsemobor went off in the 26th minute with a calf injury.

It was another reminder about the 19-year-old’s potential after he started the first two League games but was left out against Bury and Notts County.

His adaptability is handy when Otsemobor is the other main right back in addition to the on-form Lewis Buxton.

The latest injury was another blow for Otsemobor, who was forced to spend a long spell on the sidelines last season but had just begun to challenge Buxton for the senior spot. Megson thought he had a great game in the Cup-tie against Blackpool.

Morrison’s goal at Blackburn was a deserved reward for a striker who has worked hard while shouldering the responsibility, along with Gary Madine, of being one of only two fit strikers at the club.

Lines’ recognised position is in centre midfield, where he has looked most effective in recent weeks, and where he went on as a sub at Blackburn, going on for Otsemobor, with Palmer moving from midfield to full back.

Megson says: “There were positives at Blackburn, not for the team but for individuals.

“Clinton scored a good goal and did well. Each time Liam Palmer goes to right back, which isn’t his position, he acquits himself well.

“Chris Lines did well; we’ve got to accept, and Chris has to accept, that we’ve got Jose Semedo and David Prutton; we’re going to play two out of three rather than put Chris on the right or left just to accommodate him.”

Megson thought that there were players at Ewood Park who did themselves no favours if they hoped to stake first-team claims.