Speedy Lines has more to offer Owls

Walsall v Sheffield Wednesday.......Owls....Chris Lines
Walsall v Sheffield Wednesday.......Owls....Chris Lines
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GARY Megson is looking for an even bigger input from Chris Lines into the Owls’ attacking options.

The Wednesday manager has praised the midfield man for the sublime way he created the goal at Walsall.

But Megson also believes it is the kind of thing that the former Bristol Rovers man could do more often.

Lines forced his way past one opponent in his own half then made a blistering run past a defender to go deep into Walsall territory and supply a pinpoint cross for Ryan Lowe to head home.

“It was a fantastic goal,” said Megson. “I told Chris I was really pleased with that sort of quality, but I’ve seen him make that kind of run only about three times, whereas he should be doing it all the time, and now he’s got to do it more and more.”

Megson also feels that central midfielder Lines, who has notched two goals since arriving from Rovers in a £50,000 deal in August, is quicker than it generally realised and at times looks like Wednesday’s fastest player.

His run at Walsall certainly took the defence by surprise.

“When he [Chris] knocked the ball past the second man I actually thought it might not be the right thing to do, but he shot past him,” added Megson.

Lines is second in the assist charts for Wednesday with five to his credit, one behind loan star Ben Marshall, whose on the verge of signing a new deal with parent club Stoke.

Meanwhile, Lowe’s goal was his fifth for the Owls and 12th of the season - the first seven were for his previous club Bury.

The striker took it in expert style, but the hold-up play of Lowe and Chris O’Grady was not their best at the Bescot Stadium, judged the manager.

Megson felt that the forwards’ inability to retain the ball in the opposition’s half was one of the factors that affected the game.

“The ball kept going up there and coming back, which helps pressure to build on us,” said Megson. “Our ball retention from the forwards wasn’t good enough.”