GARY Megson is being credited with sparking an Owls turnaround in his first game as manager.
They bounced back to draw with MK Dons after being two down and deputy captain James O’Connor told The Star that half-time changes made by Megson did the trick.
The new boss, who did not select the side after being appointed on the eve of the game, also gave a half-time pep talk.
“He wasn’t too enamoured with the the first-half performance, and had every right not to be; we didn’t do ourselves justice,” said O’Connor, who played under Megson at Stoke and was signed by him for West Brom.
“In the second half there was a vast improvement. If we take the second half performance into the rest of the season, we’ll do well.
“At half time the manager felt he had to make a few points. He did. He changed the formation, and it really worked for us. We came away disappointed not to win.
“He’s very tactically aware; the second half showed that. You could see his commitment to the club from the way he got involved on the touchline. We should have had two penalties: for a push on Neil Mellor, and a challenge on Paul Heffernan; you don’t get them any clearer than that.”
Coach Rob Kelly, who picked the starting side, said that Megson issued intructions to the team at half time and they responded: “Credit to him.”
O’Connor also said: “He was unlucky to lose his job at Stoke after getting us going; the Icelandic takeover meant a new manager being brought in.
“He had great success at West Brom. For some reason he didn’t get the credit he deserved at Bolton.
“I think he’s a very under-rated manager. He has great experience. He’s very passionate about this club. I’m delighted to see him get a chance and I hope he brings plenty of success.
“When we were at the other clubs, he was always speaking about Sheffield Wednesday. At Stoke, we were drawn against Wednesday in the League Cup. He was pleased. He spoke a lot about the time he had here.
“He has a real love and passion for the club. ‘It’s a proper club,’ he used to say. It’s a great opportunity for him. I’m sure he’ll be extra determined to bring success here.”