Megson armed for an argument with FA

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GARY Megson is asking the FA for a personal hearing over his misconduct charge.

The Owls manager is not disputing the fact that he criticised referee Steve Rushton in media interviews after the game last month at Dagenham, where a harsh penalty decision cost his team victory and he was sent off.

But he wants to have his say about the official’s conduct and the conversation that Rushton had with Daggers manager John Still as they came out for the second half.

Megson told The Star: “I’m not moaning about the penalty or decisions that were given.

“I’m moaning about the fact that once you allow the opposition’s manager to put his arm around you and walk for 40 yards, it doesn’t look right.

“Maybe I haven’t said what I wanted to say in the most eloquent manner, but it just seems ridiculous to me.

“I’ll go down there. I will request a hearing. I will admit the words I used, but I will also point out that maybe it wasn’t the right thing for a referee to do.”

Megson also joked: “Maybe I can put my arm around the judge who hears the case and see what he comes up with!”

It is his second FA charge arising from the Dagenham game. He has accepted the first one, of improper conduct: his sending-off for swearing at the officials.

In his eyes, the job of keeping up a Wednesday revival is far more important,

Although the Owls have beaten Colchester and Tranmere at home with the same line-up, and looked solid in recent away games, he is not ruling out changes for today’s clash with leaders Brighton.

“Ordinarily I’m of a mind that if a team plays well and wins, we keep it the same, but the amount of games that we’re playing is incredible, so we also have to look at the way the players are, mentally and physically, with the a mount of football they have to play,” he said.

He confirmed, however, that Neil Mellor will start, after his three goals, three assists and fine performances of the last two games.