Owls dip into Valley to seek away uplift

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sheffield Wednesday head towards one of their toughest trips of the season with Gary Megson more concerned about their away form in general than the threat posed by second-placed Charlton.

The Owls have lost all four of their League and Cup away games but have a 100 per cent record in four matches at Hillsborough.

Megson has left no stone unturned in trying to pinpoint the reason for the imbalance, and knows that The Valley in a live TV clash on Monday would be the idea scenario for an improvement to begin.

“One of the away games was lost on penalties, and I’ve been faffing around with the side, but we still need to be more resilient away and more on the front foot. We look a different side from the one that plays at Hillsborough.

“We have to have a chat with the players, to see if there’s anything in preparation, travel or hotels, or whatever, that might be contributing to such a marked difference.

“We’re not going to achieve anything with the away record as it is at the moment.”

One glimmer of encouragement is that Scunthorpe, who were beaten 3-2 at Hillsborough last Saturday, picked up a 2-2 draw at The Valley in their previous game.

Megson also said: “At Bournemouth we gave a stupid first goal away. At Bury we made a poor start doing the same thing.

“The less said about Blackburn the better. I thought it was going to be a cricket score after the first seven minutes; it was ridiculous. We did better after that.

“At Bradford it was 0-0 and we went out on penalties.

“All the things you would think of as negatives away are near enough the oppositie when we play at Sheffield 6. If we can it at Hillsborough, we can do it anywhere.”

Megson thinks that Charlton can sustain a promotion challenge: “They’re up there to be shot at, with United and Mk Dons.

“They’ve had a really good start, and have had a complete overhaul of their squad, with 18 signings and paying decent money.”