Owls: Fans’ fervour to spur Wednesday

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GARY Megson expects inspiration for his team from an invasion of Wednesday fans at Walsall today.

The Owls will have a capacity away following of 3,700 - which is almost as big as the Saddlers’ average home attendance.

Wednesday sold out three batches of tickets for the all-ticket clash at the Bescot Stadium.

Walsall’s average attendance is 4,140 and their highest crowd so far was 4,834 for the visit of Preston in October.

Owls manager Megson said the latest show of support for his team is “fantastic”.

He added: “I love going to grounds - and we’ve been to some big ones - and taking them over, not always in terms of numbers, but with the noise, the backing our fans give us, and the humour. It’s great.”

Owls supporters will hope for the same performances and atmosphere that marked victories in the last four away games.

Midfield player David Prutton believes there is a special rapport between fans and the team - a factor behind his extravagant goal celebrations.

Prutton joked: “The manager said he wishes I scored more only because of the way I celebrate!

“It’s just that adrenalin, and instinctive rush you get to share it when you have passionate fans.

“Some fans are a bit more reserved, whereas ours engage in the game, which makes for fantastic scenes when you score and the team’s doing well.”