Sheffield Wednesday draw signals ‘recovery’

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OWLS boss Gary Megson has hailed his team’s draw against high-flying Bournemouth as a starting point for a revival.

He praised his side for their performance in a 0-0 stalemate that ended a run of seven successive away league defeats.

It was also Wednesday’s first clean sheet in 12 league matches.

Megson recognised that in the second half the Cherries missed a penalty and hit the post. But the Owls created chances and Bournemouth’s keeper was their Man of the Match. Megson said: “The Bournemouth people will point to the penalty and they were unfortunate with the strike, but we should have been 1-0 up after five minutes, and we had another chance after that.

“Although we came in at half-time drawing, we were disappointed we weren’t leading.

“In the second half their keeper had to make a lot more saves than Nicky Weaver. There aren’t too many clubs who will come here and get something.

“The clean sheet is better, the attitude was better. The honesty was there for everyone to see. Our people who came all this way will have been pleased with the commitment. Some of the chances we had, you’d expect us to be scoring. It’s a bit late in the season, but it’s a starting point.

“We’re not going to get carried away and say we’ve turned the corner. But it’s much better.”

Megson switched to a 4-5-1 formation. He explained: “Because of our frailty at the back, I wanted to make us more solid in the middle. It put a huge onus on (striker) Gary Madine; he did brilliantly.”