Slade’s a hit with his rival boss after unbeaten O’s run

Hillsborough old boy: Orient's Jimmy Smith
Hillsborough old boy: Orient's Jimmy Smith
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GARY Megson expects a Brentford-style challenge when another London club, Leyton Orient, come to town tomorrow.

The Bees made life difficult by working hard to stifle the Owls and they escaped with a point in the last game at Hillsborough.

The Wednesday manager expects a formidable challenge from an Orient side who are unbeaten in 10 games.

Boss Russell Slade joined Megson among the nominees for the October League One Manager of the Month award.

“They didn’t have the best of starts but Russell Slade is going a great job; he knows his stuff and is a good manager,” Megson said.

“Any side who are unbeaten in 10 games have to be treated with respect.

“I think it will be something akin to the Brentford game. We’ll have to handle what they throw at us.”

As ever, the Owls boss thinks that if his team score the first goal then it will have a vital influence on the game.

“If we had scored against Brentford, they would have changed their shape, instead of pushing up to catch us offside, and getting nine men behind the ball,” he reckoned.

“We have the players here who in the recent past have shown what they can do: We have taken 22 out of the 24 available points at home.”

Wednesday are set to face an Orient side who are likely to include former Owls loan player Jimmy Smith in his normal midfield role after he played right-back last week in a 0-0 home draw with Stevenage because Leon McSweeney was suspended.

Smith, formerly with Chelsea, recently predicted hard games against Stevenage and the Owls.

The O’s could also field left-back Tony Craig, signed on loan from Millwall, after agreeing a deal with Bournemouth for Charlie Daniels for a loan before yesterday’s deadline; a £200,000 move is due to go through in January.

Slade has also signed QPR winger Lee Cook - a former Wednedsday target.

When the Owls were in the market for players in January and wanted to strengthen across midfield, with Tommy Miller injured, chairman Milan Mandaric confirmed an interest in Cook.

But Wednesday brought in five other players and a move to Hillsborough failed to materialise for the man who cost QPR almost £1 million when they signed him from Fulham nearly three years ago.

Cook said: “They [Orient] play good football and that is what I wanted, really, because going to a football club that don’t get the ball down and play wouldn’t suit me at all.

“They’ve got some decent players there and it is a move that should work out well for both parties.”

Slade will have to decide whether to start with Cook’s attacking flair tomorrow or set out with a more defensive midfield. The O’s are only 17th because of a slow start to the season.

Meanwhile, Orient have sacked defender Elliot Omozusi after he was jailed for two and a half years for intimidating a witness who helped to bring to justice the killers of a 16-year-old girl. Omozusi, said to be a member of a London gang, was Orient’s Player of the Year in 2010.

Teams and ref

OWLS (possible): Bywater; Tavernier, Batth, Llera, R Johnson; O’Connor, Semedo, Lines, Marshall; O’Grady, Lowe (4-4-2).

ORIENT (possible): Alnwick; McSweeney, Cuthbert, Forbes, Craig; Spring, Porter, Smith, Dawson, Mooney; Lisbie (4-5-1).

SCOTT Mathieson (Cheshire): Handled the Owls’ 2-1 win against Colchester in April. Has shown two red cards and 48 yellows this season.