GARY Megson sees Chris O’Grady as an unsung hero as the Owls gear up for Sunday’s FA Cup tie against West Ham.
The striker has scored only three goals so far but has performed a vital function in the team’s Cup and League progress.
Megson believes that other players benefit from playing alongside him and that fans, too, will appreciate his strength and work rate.
“I’ve been really pleased with Chris,” said Megson. “He doesn’t have a great scoring record but people who play alongside him do tend to have good records because of the work that he does.
“He is fortunate that he plays in front of crowds who are not only big and partisan but intelligent. Our fans aren’t like some who would batter a player and ruin his confidence. They know that Chris creates a lot for other people and makes life difficult for defenders. He works his socks off.
“Sometimes, in playing to the benefit of the team, he plays to the detriment of himself.
“That’s not to say we’re happy with his scoring record; he’s got to get more goals. He needs to be more selfish, not in terms of shooting when he should pass, but in getting into scoring positions more and more besides making space for others to score.”
Megson wants his team in general to take more of their chances: “Six points from our last two games is terrific, but we should have been out of sight by half time in both.
“In all we had 14 really good chances where I would expect us to score; we only took four. I’d like us to be a lot more clinical and get over the line earlier, and avoid these tetchy moments late in games. With the players we have, I would expect us to score more.”