Fringe players’ chance to shine

Jermaine Johnson
Jermaine Johnson
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ASSISTANT manager Chris Evans has challenged the players on the periphery at Hillsborough “to step up to the plate” at Morecambe.

Shorn of the services of Ben Marshall, who has been blocked from playing in the FA Cup by parent club Stoke, Owls chief Gary Megson is expected to make changes to his starting line-up for the tie.

Clinton Morrison

Clinton Morrison

Jermaine Johnson is in contention to start at the Globe Arena. The Jamaican international has started just one match this term.

Megson could also be forced to make alterations to his back four if Danny Batth is not granted permission to play by Wolves, while Derby are still deliberating on whether to let Stephen Bywater feature in Britain’s oldest cup competition.

Should Bywater be unavailable for selection, Megson will have to choose between Arron Jameson and Richard O’Donnell in between the sticks. Reda Johnson remains a major doubt with his groin injury and has yet to train this week. Liam Palmer is away on international duty.

Megson has seven substitutes at his disposal for the clash so Chris Sedgwick, Glies Coke, Julian Bennett and Clinton Morrison, who has recently returned from a loan spell at MK Dons, could be given run-outs if he decides to rotate his squad.

Evans told The Star: “It is not rocket science that we will won’t be turning out the same side as we did last weekend so it is important for the fringe players to stake their claim and impress.

“Gary (Megson) will give opportunities to everyone in the squad. If they step up to the plate, the team will pick itself.”

Wednesday have sold out their away allocation of just under 2,000 tickets for the trip to Tranmere Rovers.