Owls: Fans transform Megson’s Sheffield Wednesday into home boys

Happy manager: Gary Megson is relishing the new-found unity between his players and Owls fans.
Happy manager: Gary Megson is relishing the new-found unity between his players and Owls fans.
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GARY Megson sees the flourishing rapport between Wednesday and their fans as a key element in the club’s promotion challenge.

The Owls boss has seen a transformation in the club’s Hillsborough fortunes since he took over.

They have gone from a side whose home form was suspect to one who have won all but one of their home games this season, and that was a draw.

“When I joined the club, we were on a poor run at home; that didn’t change for a while and I was at a loss to explain it,” he says.

“But we hold the advantage of the crowd. Playing in our stadium is a fantastic turn-on for the opposition but our crowd make it difficult for them because they are behind us all the time, and they respond to people having a really good go.

“We all want slick, attractive football and goals. But the starting point is that the players and the supporters stay as one.”

Megson is looking forward to another big push against Huddersfield today.

“Huddersfield have been doing the same thing for quite a while now. They have brought in a lot of good players and spent a fair few bob for this level, and they went 43 games games unbeaten because they have a really good squad and team,” he said. They’ve been having a real good go for a few years.

“We’re both clubs with support and infrastructure and both have an ambition to be playing at a higher level. I don’t care who goes up there with us, so long as we go up there.

“Every game we play is a big game. This one is a big one because of the respective positions of the teams. We just want to win every game and take what comes after that.”

The Terriers’ unbeaten run was a Football League record. “I’ve never been on that kind of run myself. It’s fantastic,” said Megson.

“When cricketers gets to 100, it’s amazing how many times they’re out for around 104, because there’s a finishing line.

“Huddersfield got to the finishing line; then the run ended after a fantastic achievement. They have the same players and I’m sure they’ll try to do it again.”