Owls bid to stop paying big penalty

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GARY Megson is looking for his Wednesday team to avoid paying unnecessary penalties next season.

GARY Megson is looking for his Wednesday team to avoid paying unnecessary penalties next season.

It irks him that his side conceded seven spot kicks under his management in 2010-11.

Although some of the decisions were debatable he believes that the general trend indicates an excess of flawed defending.

He also believes that it will be possible to cut down on the number of goals resulting from set pieces in general.

“The number we conceded from set pieces was way too many.

“And we have conceded seven penalties since I’ve been here - that’s way too many.

“Mostly it’s because of downright sloppiness, and we have to cut that out.”

The last penalty conceded by the Owls was in the penultimate match of the season, at Bristol Rovers, for a challenge by Lewis Buxton - a decision about which Megson had no complaint.

But some of the decisions have been harsh.

For example, a controversial one was given against Chris Sedgwick for handball at Dagenham though the ball had been driven at him and he could not get out of the way.

At home to Notts County, Mark Beevers was penalised though the issue of contact was debatable and the defender’s challenge began outside the box.

Wednesday have not won a game in which they have conceded a penalty, in Megson’s reign: they drew at home to MK Dons, lost at Rochdale and at home to Notts County, lost at Brighton and drew at Dagenham and Bristol Rovers.

At Bournemouth a spot kick was given against them but the Cherries missed, and the Owls earned a point for a performance that was impressive overall.

Tommy Miller’s release at the end of his contract means that Wednesday will need a new penalty-taker next season.

Neil Mellor, this season’s top scorer, will be favourite for the job, if he is signed.

Miller made the role mostly his own and missed only once - against Charlton, the first miss of his career.