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Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham Utd....FC Cup 3rd Rd..GOAL...Owls match winner Chris O'Grady celebrates
Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham Utd....FC Cup 3rd Rd..GOAL...Owls match winner Chris O'Grady celebrates
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GARY Megson is aiming high after seeing his team knock West Ham out of the FA Cup and beginning the countdown to Saturday’s big League One clash with leaders Charlton.

The Owls manager wants more of the sort of occasions that brought Championship high-fliers to Hillsborough, rather than it being a one-off in the Cup.

He believes that he already has players who can play at a higher level and he underlined the club’s ultimate aim of a return to the Premier League.

“We’re a League One side but we have some players who, when they’re at it, can play at a higher level, I’m sure,” he said.

“I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday are ever going to be able to play a game where it’s a giant-killing. It’s no big deal - it’s Sheffield Wednesday. Even if we’re playing City or [Manchester] United, whoever it was, it’s still Sheffield Wednesday, and it’s not too long ago since we played them twice a year.

“This place has had a nightmare for 15 years and we are trying to get that momentum to move it back so these kind of games are normal.”

The Owls face another Championship side in the fourth round: Blackpool, Miguel Llera’s club. The defender, a target for Megson after his successful loan stay, cannot play for either side in the tie because he was Cup-tied through playing on loan for Brentford in an earlier round.

Megson said: “It’s a difficult tie. They’re a good side and it’s an away game. That will be put to bed now. All the focus will be on Charlton at home.”

The Owls boss praised Nicky Weaver’s “marvellous” penalty save and Chris O’Grady’s “great finish” for the winning goal.

He said: “What the pundits on TV will tell you is you keep it low, you put power on it and you try to hit that far side-netting, which is what Chris did. It capped a tremendous performance by him. I’m really pleased with him and for him.”

Summing up the team performance, he said: “We were okay without being fantastic in the first half. In the second half we played much better.”

Julian Bennett was taken to the Northern General Hospital with a “pretty bad” facial injury after a collision with team-mate Clinton Morrison.