Owls boss’s promise to his strikers

Target man: Gary Madine was partnered by Clinton Morrison at the start of the season
Target man: Gary Madine was partnered by Clinton Morrison at the start of the season
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GARY Megson is vowing that all his strikers will receive a fair crack of the whip.

Clinton Morrison may well return to the side against MK Dons at Hillsborough on Saturday because Ryan Lowe could be ruled out by his ankle injury.

But when Lowe and Chris O’Grady are fit and Megson can pick from his two new signings plus Morrison and Gary Madine, full competition for places will begin.

The team boss says that he did not need a reminder that Morrison is capable of scoring goals, though the ex-Coventry star provided one at Charlton.

“It’s not just about Clinton, Ryan or Gary,” said Megson, who was without O’Grady on Monday. “It’s about having enough strikers to choose from.

“We started the season with two. Now we have four and it doesn’t bother me whether one cost £350,000 or one came on a free transfer, whichever one is doing the better will play, and they’re all aware of that.”

Morrison’s goal gave the Owls their first away point of the season, and Megson admits that he had felt a little embarrassed by their record of four defeats on the road.

He said the two halves at Charlton were “chalk and cheese” but he was pleased with the second-half form and pointed out that he was without eight players because of injuries or internationals.

Megson confirmed that he believes both Wednesday and Charlton can challenge for promotion: “We’ve got 10 points from six games, which is just off where we want to be; hopefully we can get better and better.”

An average of two points a game over the season would be promotion form.

But he feels the Owls can ill afford the kind of starts they made at Bury, Blackburn in the Carling Cup, and Charlton.

They went 1-0 down at Gigg Lane in the seventh minute, 3-0 down at Ewood Park within the same period, and 1-0 behind in the third minute at The Valley.

“We wanted to be more solid, to make it harder for chances to be made against us [at Charlton]. All that went out of the window in the third minute.

“You can’t play like that. I’m a firm believer that you try to win the game as quickly as you can then hang on to it, rather than poodle about and work your way into it. You saw at Blackburn it was all over inside 10 minutes.”

Owls midfielder Liam Palmer went on as a 62nd minute sub during Scotland U-21s’ 0-0 draw with Bulgaria at St Mirren.