CAPTAIN Tommy Miller has saluted the goal-scoring exploits of Neil Mellor in Sheffield Wednesday’s mini revival.
The Owls have climbed up two places in League One to 15th in the wake of back-to-back victories over Colchester United and Tranmere Rovers.
Although they are not mathematically safe from the drop, Gary Megson’s troops are nine points clear of the relegation zone with six matches remaining.
Mellor, a lifelong Wednesday supporter, produced an industrious performance against Rovers. He created the first three goals in the comprehensive 4-0 triumph and capped off a superb display by bagging his third goal in two starts in added on time.
It took his tally to 17 since arriving on a season long-loan deal from Preston North End and Miller is full of admiration for the forward.
Miller told The Star: “Neil deserved his goal at the end. It was a great finish. I am really pleased for him because he works his socks off.
“He had a hand in my goal, set up Gary Madine’s and won the penalty.
“He has comeback into the side and really proved a point. He has kept his head down, worked hard and comeback with a bang.
“I think he is on to 17 goals now and his target is to reach 20 and I’m sure he can get there.”
Miller said Mellor richly deserved his standing ovation at the final whistle and the midfielder is hopeful Wednesday boss Gary Megson will make his transfer permanent in the summer.
“Neil got a fantastic reception at the end,” said Miller, who scored twice as Wednesday raced into a three-goal lead after 22 minutes. “He is a goalscorer and they are priceless in this day and age.
“You can never have enough of them.”
Megson said it was “a really good all round performance” from Mellor, saying: “Tuesday was the best I’ve ever seen him play, not just here.
“His goal was magnificent. It really was. I didn’t think he’d score from there.
“His work-rate, all those kind of things, were terrific. He was doing things he’s not supposed to be able to, like head it, get hold of it and run down the sides.”
The Owls were watched by boyhood fan Gary Cahill, who was recently capped by England.
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