Megson formulates his plan of attack

Battling on: Isaiah Osbourne looks set to overcome knock.
Battling on: Isaiah Osbourne looks set to overcome knock.
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GARY Megson is demanding a positive approach from his Sheffield Wednesday side tonight as they aim to go one better than stemming Peterborough’s flow of goals.

Posh have hit 15 in their last four games and conceded none.

But the Owls boss believes that if he and his players fail to take the game to Darren Ferguson’s side then they could pay the price.

“We know the danger, the quality they have,” says Megson. “If we sit back and let them do what they want, they’ll turn us over because of the quality of the forward players they have.

“We have to be a lot more aggressive - not in terms of belting people all over the show, but we have to take the game to them.

“If we get ourselves playing in the right manner, then we’ll start getting results.”

Firstly, Megson has to assess Gary Madine, Isaiah Osbourne and Chris Sedgwick and then decide on his team and tactics - something that he admits has been a complex business since he took over.

“In the five weeks I’ve been here we have had 23 players available; 21 have started a game; we have played three different formations.

“We’ve tried all sorts of things to try to make something drop.

“I’ll be honest, when I’m looking to pick a team, I’m looking at 15 possible combinations.

“I’d rather pick an 11, get a result and keep it going.

“The players have to accept they’re chosen on merit on what they can do, not on what they say they can do.

“It’s bitterly disappointing that we came back to Hillsborough to play Nottts County and we didn’t make their goalkeeper work other than at set pieces.

“We’ve got this group of players and we’ve got to get the best out of them.”

Megson admits that Madine is “still struggling”. The striker’s original problem was a sore calf, but a bruised knee bone is the current concern.

Segdwick went over on his ankle but is expected to be fit.

Osbourne took a heavy knock on his knee in the 1-0 defeat by Notts County and had to go off but should be able to play tonight.

Megson admitted: “It got up my hooter on Saturday: he was our best player by a street. I’m not going to bring him off for nothing. I bring him off and get booed. He’s doing well for us; I’m delighted with him at the moment.”

But he admits that a lack of consistency in performances is a worry: “We have some decent players but they are not playing to their potential. They have to roll their sleeves up, have a real good tear-up and see where it takes them.”

The Owls’ re-arranged home game against Tranmere has been switched again, from March 22 to April 5, because of international calls for Reda Johnson (Benin) and Liam Palmer (Scotland U-21s).

The club are set to field a youthful line-up in a reserve fixture against Barnsley at Stocksbridge today (2pm).

Matchfacts

The Teams

OWLS (possible): Weaver, M Morrison, R Johnson, Beevers, Spurr, Sedgwick, Osbourne, Miller, Coke, Teale, Madine or C Morrison (4-5-1).

POSH (possible): Lewis, Zakuani, Little, Bennett, Kennedy, Lee, McCann, Rowe, Boyd, Tomlin, Mackail-Smith (4-4-3).

The Referee

Karl Evans (Greater Manchester): His last game was Middlesbrough 2 Derby 1 last Tuesday. He has booked 65 players and sent off three in 22 games this season.