GARY Megson is demanding that there be no let-up in the effort that his Wednesday team are pouring into games.
The Owls manager, often critical of players in the early days of his reign, has been delighted with the spirit and endeavour that the team have generally shown in recent weeks.
Megson wants no slip-ups at Bristol Rovers today or at home to Exeter next Saturday. He says that the improvement in home form - which has brought four successive wins - stems from the players’ application.
“It’s the way they’re approaching games and the workrate they’re putting in.
“Away from home, we’re doing okay as well.
“We had 18 shots at Walsall, 11 of them on target, and should have won that game.
“We’d have won at Dagenham, but for the strange decision that was given for the penalty.
“We’re making progress but at a stage of the season when it doesn’t really matter. But it does matter in terms of what’s expected of them next season.
“It’s all about setting standards, each of the players, all of the time, and that creates a team standard that we have to reach as often as possible.
“The watchword all the time is effort.
“Then the better players put that effort in and hopefully the results get better.
“I certainly can’t fault the players for the drive and desire that they’re starting to show.
“When you play for Sheffield Wednessday the least we expect is 100 per cent every time you put the shirt on.”
He suggests that not all footballers are always fully committed: “I think there’s a perception from the outside that you have a squad who all give 100 per cent in training and games, there are no issues whatsoever off the field, and they’re all desperate for their own club to do well. If only that was true. You have to cope with that.”