Owls ‘action fan’ who frowns on derby circus

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GARY Megson is glad to get down to business today and thrust into the background the hype surrounding derby matches.

He calls the build-up to local games and the media interest a “circus”.

But he is all for the challenge of the full-blooded competition that derby games bring on the day and regards today’s clash with Chesterfield as a “tough test” ahead of the clash with United:

“I don’t enjoy the circus - I do really enjoy the atmosphere and intensity from the crowd, and the players do as well,” he said.

Megson has kept up the pressure on his team to succeed by continuing to hold a gruelling running session when there is no midweek game.

“Just because we’re been winning games, that doesn’t change anything,” he said.

“We’ve been working hard, in the games as well. We’re doing all right - but we’ve got to keep plugging away.”

Wednesday enter the Hillsborough arena with the spotlight falling on their attempt to keep their 100 per cent record.

Rival strikers Gary Madine and Leon Clarke have both been pipped by Neil Mellor for the Player of the Month title.

Owls fans will be surprised, for though Madine and Mellor both scored six goals in the month, Mellor had marginally more game time.

Madine’s six came in four games; so did Mellor’s but he also played as a cup sub.