Owls: We lacked killer instinct, admits O’Connor

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OWLS midfield player James O’Connor has revealed that he would like to stay at the club.

O’Connor, one of five men whose contracts expire this summer, expects to learn imminently whether he will be offered a new deal.

He told The Star that he had no idea yet what his future held and he imagined that there would be news early this week. “I’d like to stay,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what happen. It’s out of my hands. I think it’s a great club. The fans deserve far more than they’ve had since I’ve been at the club. I’m sure that, under this manager, next year there will be a lot more to cheer about. Hopefully the fans will get what they deserve - promotion.”

The Owls, well supported at home and away all season, drew their second-biggest crowd of the campaign, 21,085, for Saturday’s finale against Exeter, which they lost 2-1 after conceding late goals. “It was great that we had had the support again,” said O’Connor. “I’m sure that this manager will get it right next season for the supporters.”

He also felt that the team did not deserve to lose: “We had enough chances to win. We should really have won.”

He felt that first-half standards were the sort that the Owls should aim for next season so long as they also become more ruthless: “Kill the game...go in a half time 3-0 up, not 1-0. When you create chances like that, you have to take them.

“We left ourselves open for what happened. It was really disappointing.”

With the club set to announce decisions on O’Connor, Jermaine Johnson, Tommy Miller, Lewis Buxton and Richard Hinds, and chasing transfer targets, boss Gary Megson said: “We’ve got a couple of irons in the fire, spoken to a few managers but it’s very early because they’ve not got their plans in place yet.

“To be perfectly honest, when you first come into management you want to get everything done really quickly; once you’ve been it in a while, you’ll realise that most things aren’t done until around about the beginning of July.”