Carry on as you were, Megson tells Madine

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GARY Megson is urging Gary Madine to reproduce the form that made him the Football League’s top marksman.

The Wednesday manager has also admitted that that 11-goal striker was missed in last week’s goalless draw with Brentford.

It adds up to a clear hint that Madine will play against Morecambe in the FA Cup tomorrow after being banned for two matches and fined £500 over his sending-off at Carlisle last month, despite the emergence of a new partnership between Chris O’Grady and Ryan Lowe.

“Gary has trained really well,” said Megson. “I’m hoping he can pick up where he left off.

“I’m hoping he learns a lesson from the fact it’s expensive for him to have missed two games. And it’s expensive for Wednesday.

“He’s a good player. We need him to kick on from this point. He’s only 21. He’s learning on and off the pitch.

“We missed him in the last home game, because Brentford played a bit differently. They were really tight and hard to break down.

“There weren’t a lot of spaces. The fact that Gary is good in the air would have caused them a few more problems.”

Megson could see Madine’s aerial power alongside the bustling Chris O’Grady as the combination to combat the Cup challenge from League Two opposition.

Richard O’Donnell is set to replace Stephen Bywater, having proved a capable deputy for Nicky Weaver in the past. Megson said: “Hopefully he [O’Donnell] can carry on in the same vein.”

Jermaine Johnson is favourite to take over from Ben Marshall who, like Bywater, is ineligible.

On the issue of losing the on-form Marshall, Megson said: “We’ve been really pleased with him.

“You can’t say how big a miss somebody will be until after the event. It’s something we have to contend with.

“Somebody will get an opportunity. Although the name on the shirt changes, hopefully the performance doesn’t.

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