SHEFFIELD Wednesday boss Gary Megson has warned his side that complacency away from home will prove their undoing this season.
The Owls were caught cold by newly-promoted Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday night as they crashed to a miserable 5-1 defeat.
It was the club’s biggest loss since a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Exeter City last December, albeit former boss Alan Irvine was in charge on that forgettable afternoon at St James Park.
And no wonder Megson branded his team’s performance a “disgrace” and “unacceptable”, especially against, respectively, inexperienced opposition looked to find their feet since winning promotion last season to League One.
“As much as we’re trying, and we’re even changing warm-ups and the way we approach things, we’ve got to accept that people will come after you and try and win the game early on,” stressed Megson. “We just didn’t step up to the plate at all [against Stevenage].
“If you look back to last season it was the complete opposite. We would start games very well on quite a regular basis. We’d score early on and try and go on from there.
“We’ve done that at times this year as well, but when the first goal came [for Stevenage] they’d already had two opportunities before that to score. Even that start didn’t liven us up.
“The team that started for us was an absolute shadow of the one which finished at Hillsborough on Saturday [against MK Dons].
Megson revealed he cancelled the team’s planned day off yesterday after the Owls woeful away run under his stewardship stretched to two wins in 14 matches.
He said: “We have to accept that we’ve sold the jerseys. It was a disgrace. We’ve got to get back to basics to get ourselves a result on Saturday at Yeovil.”