Victory feels twice as nice for happy Owls

Owls Manager Gary Megson
Owls Manager Gary Megson
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DELIGHTED Gary Megson last night praised his team for what he saw as winning the game at Oldham ‘twice over’.

The Owls generally bossed the first half but let a 2-0 lead slip and were level at half-time.

But boss Megson told his players that they were capable of regaining winning form in the second half. And they went on to dominate, completing a 3-2 victory.

Megson said: “I was delighted with the start. After being 2-0 up, we chucked it away a bit.

“There was no need for us to get into a position where it was 2-2. Oldham hadn’t done a huge amount.

“I said to them at half-time ‘we’ve won it once, we need to go out and do it again’. Oldham had the momentum at half-time but we responded.”

The players also bounced back after being criticised over last Saturday’s 4-2 defeat by Plymouth. Megson said: “We’re sick and tired of being criticised; we’ve got to take it on the chin and start moving up the league.”

He added: “Once we got to 2-0, we needed to keep the ball and bring them on to us, and maybe try to get through them a bit more readily, but we gave them the opportunity with the first goal. The second was a fantastic strike, but in the middle of the park we didn’t get close enough.”

Gary Madine went off with a calf injury, and Giles Coke was unexpectedly ruled out by a sore hamstring.

Megson said: “Gary did well while he was on, as did Clinton. It’s a disappointment [the injury], but we’ve got to get on with it. Giles was going to play but he didn’t think he would last.”

Megson also praised the performances of defenders Mark Beevers and Michael Morrison. Beevers grabbed the first goal and Chris Sedgwick the other two.

Megson added: “I said at half-time ‘this will be a big test for us; if we respond right, we’ll go on and win it’, which we’ve done.”