Evans tells Sheffield Wednesday to keep grafting

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WEDNESDAY are back in the old routine after the euphoria of their derby fightback.

Assistant manager Chris Evans has revealed that there has been no let-up in their week’s work ahead of Saturday’s visit of Colchester - with the players having been against any idea of an extra day off after having to play on a Sunday.

“There was maybe an opportunity to change things in terms of a day off, but the players wanted to be in the next day after the derby,” he said.

“We are working ever so hard and knuckling down to keep improving and keep ourselves on track.”

He accepts that the Colchester game could be perceived as a potential banana skin: “This is another of the many challenges that come before us in a season; we have given a decent account or ourselves in the big one, the derby, now we have to prepare and refocus on the way ahead, and the only way to do that is by working hard on the training ground.”

Evans said of Gary Megson: “He’s a terrific manager; he’ll make sure 100 per cent that they keep their feet on the floor and that they’re well organised and prepared.

“Before and after the whistle goes against Colchester, he’ll drive them on and make it clear we have to do the job in hand.

“Colchester will be a good side. We’re going to have to be at our best to continue our success.”

Wednesday have formally declined to make comment on criticism by United’s Nick Montgomery, who claimed that Chris Lines made disrespectful remarks in the players’ tunnel after the derby.

The Star understands that the Owls are satisfied that Lines was not the instigator of any acrimony that may have arisen.