Buxton speaks from position of strength

Megson praise: Lewis Buxton has impressed in three roles.
Megson praise: Lewis Buxton has impressed in three roles.
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LEWIS Buxton has emerged as a candidate for the title of Sheffield Wednesday’s most versatile player of the season.

There is an old saying, “jack of all trades, master of none”, but the defender has disproved it with many of his displays.

For example, after the Owls beat Colchester 2-1 last Saturday. Gary Megson said that Buxton’s performance was the best he had seen by a left-back since he took over - “and Lewis is really a right-back.”

But the 27-year-old was better known as a centre-half earlier in his career.

His pace, strength and positional play have made him an asset in three different areas of the field, mostly at right-back this season - a season in which injuries have restricted him to 26 appearances.

“It’s been frustrating for me lately because I’ve been injured, played a few games and got injured again,” he admits.

“I’m pleased with the last couple of resuls.

“I’ve played centre-back, right-back and left-back. Sometimes it’s difficult. People on the outside might say ‘they’re all much of a muchness ‘ but it’s not easy to keep switching positions. I think I’ve done okay.”

Buxton knows Megson from when they were at Stoke and Megson was a coach under Tony Pulis: “That has helped a bit” says Buxon. “He obviously knows me a bit as well.

“We’re getting to the stage now where everyone knows what the manager’s about and what he wants, and it’s just a case of going out and doing it on the pitch.

“Sometimes everyone starts to play better when a new manager comes in, for whatever reason, but I think it’s taken time for the manager to put his stamp on things and everyone to get to know what he wants and how he wants to play.

“In the last couple of games it seems to be coming through, so hopefully we can continue that into the final six games of the season.”

He is confident about the Owls’ chances at Brighton today: “We’ve beaten them once. There’s no reason why we can’t beat them again.”