SHEFFIELD Wednesday go into Sunday’s FA Cup-tie at Morecambe knowing they will do extremely well to emulate last season’s feat in the competition and would certainly have to go some to score as many goals as they did then.
They made it to the fifth round and scored 15 goals in doing so before the 3-0 exit at Birmingham City.
But perhaps manager Gary Megson wouldn’t particularly want to embark on that sort of run. After all, such cup runs can prove a genuine distraction to promotion chasers.
Certainly one imagines Megson would be content to make an early exit if it helped his side get promotion.
It’s strange how often sides who get promotion seem to get tipped out of the FA Cup either at the first stage or the second and often by teams from below them in the standings.
Of course, no club wants to lose and the other side to it is the hope that getting through to the third round might just earn that particular money-spinner. After all, every club dreams of that away draw at Old Trafford and the cash bonanza their cut of a 70,000 crowd would bring.
Last season’s tournament for Wednesday also began in front of the tv cameras when they won 5-2 at Southport.
They followed up with a 3-2 defeat of Northampton, a fine 3-0 win at Bristol City and then a 4-1 sorting out of Hereford United at Hillsborough.
So, that was 14 goals in all - and none of those scorers were in last Saturday’s starting line-up and only one of them could end up kicking off with the rest at 3.15 on Sunday.
That’s Jermaine Johnson who would expect to get a start assuming that Ben Marshall is to miss out.
As part of the loan agreement with Stoke, Marshall was available to play in the Carling Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but no specific arrangement at that stage for the FA Cup. Of course, that is still open to negotiation by the Owls.
Johnson would obviously be the one to benefit.
The other scorer from last season likely to figure in the squad is Clinton Morrison who has been on the bench since his return from MK Dons.
Of the other scorers, Gary Teale, Neil Mellor, Tommy Spurr and Darren Potter have departed and Mark Beevers is out on loan.
It seems likely the other two loan players Stephen Bywater and Danny Batth will get permission to figure.