O’Connor seeks all-out cup effort

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MIDFIELDER James O’Connor is demanding Sheffield Wednesday match Morecambe’s effort and enthusiasm to avoid an upset in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Owls, in front of the ESPN television cameras, take on the League Two outfit for the first time in their history on Sunday, kick-off 3.15pm.

It is a potential banana skin for Gary Megson’s troops and O’Connor is urging the team to hit top form at the Globe Arena.

“I’m sure Morecambe are really looking forward to the tie,” he said.

“The cameras will be there so they perhaps think there is a chance of a shock and it is up to us make sure that doesn’t happen.

“We need to do what we have been doing recently and play at a high tempo and at pace. Our away form has been good of late so we want to maintain that.

“I’m sure there is going to be a good atmosphere for the game and they are going to have a right go so we have to approach it right.”

Megson is expected to recall top scorer Gary Madine, who has served his two-match ban, up front at the expense of either Chris O’Grady or Ryan Lowe.

“We have to start well at Morecambe,” O’Connor admitted. “We felt that was what made the difference at Wycombe and we will be looking to do that again.

“The FA Cup is a competition that holds great history and it is something everybody looks forward to. It is going to be a tough test at Morecambe but hopefully it will be a good day for us.

“If you get through the first couple of rounds in the FA Cup, then you are in with a chance of getting a big club in the third round. I have played against some of the best teams in the country in the latter stages and that’s what you want to do as a player.”