O’Connor shows he is a pass master

Driving force: Midfielder James O'Connor is a popular member of the Wednesday team with his teammates and boss Gary Megson

Driving force: Midfielder James O'Connor is a popular member of the Wednesday team with his teammates and boss Gary Megson

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GARY Megson has hinted that James O’Connor could be poised to keep his wide-midfield role.

It is generally accepted that the combative midfield man is playing out of position and his recognised spot is in the middle.

But the Owls manager is a fan of the way O’Connor has helped to tighten up one flank while Ben Marshall, a skilful winger, exploits his talents on the opposite side.

Megson has also revealed that O’Connor’s style of play is popular with teammates - and his passing received high marks in the Colchester and Carlisle games.

The Wednesday boss explained: “James is doing well. He was brought off at half time yet he was our best passer against Colchester. I felt we needed the something different that Jermaine Johnson gives us.

“Even if JJ doesn’t play particularly well, because of his pace and explosive play everybody knows they can’t leave him on his own.

“On the other side of it, JJ doesn’t provide as much when we don’t have the ball as James O’Connor does.

“Yet James’s passing stats against Colchester were the best; it was the same at Carlisle.

“Everybody likes having him around the place.

“I’ve played him in the middle, on the right, in the hole; he’s given it his best shot, and the other players like having him in the team.”

Megson’s team selection for tomorrow’s game will be much the same as it was at Carlisle, and he says there will not be a radical change in tactics despite the absence of big Gary Madine.

“Our home form is probably the best in the country,” he says. “Our away form has been causing us issues. Although we got a point at United, and won the two away games before that, the Carlisle result really sticks in the craw a little bit, because the four that we’ve lost have all been on the road.

“Although the Carlisle result went against us, I don’t think we could have done much more, with the way we played and the workrate and honesty we showed.

“I was talking to a manager from this division: he said everybody is capable of putting in a good performance; everybody is a capable of having a horror show, as we’ve done.”

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