Megson urges Sheffield Wednesday to turn Hillsborough into a fortress

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GARY Megson is urging his Owls players to turn Hillsborough into a fortress as they look to climb away from the lower reaches of the League One table.

The Sheffield Wednesday boss, who claimed his first win in charge at Carlisle United at the fifth attempt, wants a third consecutive clean sheet when Plymouth Argyle visit on Saturday.

However, Wednesday have not managed a shut-out at home since November 23 when they thumped Walsall 3-0.

Megson is expected to field the same back four against the financially-stricken Pilgrims.

On Wednesday’s new defensive steel, Megson said: “In terms of what we have done in the last two games, we have done exceptionally well.

“We have kept two clean sheets and taken four points out of the last six so what we need to do is maintain that at our place.

“We have got nine games at Hillsborough and we have got to use that to our advantage and not see it as something to be scared of.”

In March, five out of Wednesday’s eight matches are at home. Megson’s side will host Plymouth, Notts County, Peterborough United, Tranmere Rovers and Brentford. In a hectic schedule, Wednesday will also travel to Oldham Athletic, Southampton and relegation-threatened Dagenham and Redbridge.

Megson added: “We have taken some baby steps and now we have to move on. We soaked up too much pressure at Carlisle and we had some fantastic opportunities to put the game to bed, as we did at Bournemouth, but we are not clinical enough.”

Liam Palmer and Gary Madine are set to be available despite coming off at Brunton Park.