Megson puts Owls on derby alert

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GARY Megson is warning that Wednesday will come a cropper against Chesterfield on Saturday if they allow the Hillsborough derby to be overshadowed by the Bramall Lane one.

The Owls chief detects a feeling among some folk in the city that the visit of the Spireites is merely a warm-up for the clash with United eight days later.

But Megson insists that the Chesterfield game is a momentous one in its own right as the Owls bid to prevent their 100 per cent home record being ended by neighbours.

“This is a massive game for us on Saturday, with the potential for a huge slip-up,” he said.

“We’ve won all five home games in the league, so people will be expecting us to win this one, because we’re on a good run.

“There seems to be some concentration on what’s going to happen in the game after this, but we really must focus on Chesterfield - the supporters, the players, everybody.”

Megson seeks the same sort of application that has earned three successive wins.

“We really must keep our minds on what we have to do on Saturday, otherwise we will fail,” he said.

Wednesday lost a behind closed doors friendly 3-2 at Doncaster Rovers yesterday.

Gary Madine has been nominated for the September Player of the Month award. The lanky striker notched six goals in five appearances during the month, including two at home to fellow promotion contenders MK Dons. Madine faces competition for the prize from two former Owls players in Neil Mellor and Leon Clarke as well as Hartlepool United’s Scott Flinders.

Preston boss Phil Brown is in the running for the September Manager of the Month award.