SHEFFIELD Wednesday boss Gary Megson expects his players to make amends for the defeat to Championship bound Brighton and Hove Albion when they lock horns with Hartlepool United.
Megson is challenging his players to bounce back from the 2-0 reversal at the Withdean Stadium. The loss saw Wednesday slip one place in the table to 16th, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
The Owls manager, who has been granted a personal hearing by the Football Association in relation to comments he made about referee Steve Rushton following the official’s performance at Dagenham and Redbridge last month, told The Star: “We have been here before and I expect us to respond again.
“We have had poor results in the past and then followed it up with a good performance so that is what we will be looking for again.”
Megson has warned his players to raise their game if they are to get back to winning ways at Hillsborough.
“We have got to look to get a positive result on Saturday but we won’t it if we play we did against Brighton,” he said. “The performance against Brighton will not get us to where we want to be.
“We will have a great chance of getting a result against Hartlepool if we play like we did versus Tranmere.”
Following the team’s dismal showing at the league leaders, Megson could be tempted to freshen up his starting line-up. One alteration he might choose to make may be at centre-back. Rob Jones, on-loan from Scunthorpe United, is fully fit again after recovering from concussion. The giant defender is itching to add to his three Wednesday appearances to date.
“I don’t like watching football matches,” he conceded. “I came here on loan with a view to playing and that’s what I want to do. Obviously my head injury has disrupted things somewhat but I’m thoroughly enjoying playing for this football club.”