Wednesday aim to Hammer home promotion point

Sheffield Weds v Tranmere Rovers.  npower League 1.  Chris Lines celebrates his goal putting the Owls 2-0 up, with Chris O'Grady.  '2 January 2012.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Sheffield Weds v Tranmere Rovers. npower League 1. Chris Lines celebrates his goal putting the Owls 2-0 up, with Chris O'Grady. '2 January 2012. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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CHRIS Lines’ target is for him and the Owls to put on a Championship-style show against West Ham at Hillsborough tomorrow.

The on-form midfield player views the FA Cup visit of the high-flying Hammers as a chance for the team to show they are good enough to go up and thrive in the next division up from League One.

“This is going to be a great test. It might show us how far we have come,” he said. “We go into it with confidence.

“They have great players, international players; It’s going to be a massive challenge; we have to look forward to it and not feel any pressure.

“Personally, I like to challenge myself against these type of players,

“Hopefully as a team we can prove we have Championshiop quality players.”

But the Owls will be without one of their key men, Ben Marshall, with his future tending to overshadow the cup build-up.

It is also due to be a last game for James Tavernier. He is on loan from Newcastle and runs out on Monday. It is not yet known whether he will be staying.

Megson has revealed that Marshall - who was not allowed to play in the previous cup rounds - has also been refused permission to play against West Ham because his contract talks with Stoke have not yet been resolved.

“As we stand at the moment, Marshy will be going back on the 15th of January unless something changes in between times,” said Megson.

“This is purely something between Ben and Stoke. We will be dictated to by those circumstances. Things can change very quickly.”

Megson is concerned that the Owls must keep their momentum: “We’re 15 points ahead of where we were at the same time last year.

“We spent £1.5 million in January and it didn’t work out. We need to be doing the best we possibly can within the circumstances that are there.”

He has said that he would like another three players in addition to Marshall and Stephen Bywater.