Owls look for cup spark to ignite revival

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GARY Megson is looking for the magic of the FA Cup to add a little sparkle to his reign.

The Owls manager knows that the odds are stacked against his team as they take on Birmingham away tomorrow after three league games under him without a win.

But the new boss will be pleased if, whether it is through the result or performance, the tie can help to breed confidence for the league campaign.

After an hour of defensive steel at Tranmere, before Tuesday’s game turned in a brief, disastrous spell and the team then crumbled, he is also looking for further signs that they can cure the frailty that has made his job tougher than he had expected.

Megson admits: “We seem to be going two down in every game.

“There has to be a lot more desire to start the game in better fashion.

“The big disappointment at Tranmere was that after the first goal went in, and then there were a few minutes of madness, we just seemed to capitulate and stopped. That’s going to get us nowhere.”

Megson believes that the appeal of the cup still must not be underestimated.

“The top four or five have the Champions League to go for, and when you’re in the Premier League you have to accept that that will always be the priority,” he said.

“They say the cup has lost it’s magic, but when you get near to semi-finals and finals it seems just as magical as ever - and it’s the same with the Carling Cup.

“It’s still a great occasion, it’s just that the Champions League and the Premier League have distorted it a bit.

“We have to use it as an opportunity to establish a bit of momentum. If we can get a good result it will be huge for our confidence.”