Owls: Sheffield Wednesday boss aims to switch on goal machine

No worries: Gary Madine has not scored in his last three games but is playing well.
No worries: Gary Madine has not scored in his last three games but is playing well.
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GARY Megson is backing Gary Madine to get back on track once he scores again.

By the Owls striker’s previous standards, three appearances without a goal is a bit of a lean run.

Throw in couple of games missed through suspension and it means his last goal was in the Sheffield derby on October 16, his 11th of the season.

Megson also makes the point that the team have compensated by netting from other sources - for example, Chris Lines, who notched his first for the club, at Morecambe.

“Gary hasn’t scored in his last few games; that happens to young players and to all centre-forwards,” said the team boss.

“But he’ll be back, and once he scores again I’m sure he’ll carry on in the same vein.

“The Gary Madine who was in the team before he got suspended is the one we want back. We have had other people who have come in and done ever so well.

“With Gary Madine working hard and firing on all cylinders, any team would want him in there.

“But we have other people who can come in and perform if necessary, and that doesn’t apply just to Gary’s position.

“When he’s working hard and leading the line really well, he’s top-class. He’s getting back to that very quickly.”

Madine and Chris O’Grady were a handful for Morecambe, and Madine’s return was expected after the team failed to score against Brentford. It meant Ryan Lowe dropping to the bench.

But Megson is happy with the options offered by his strike department of Madine, O’Grady, Lowe and Clinton Morrison.

Against Brentford, with Stephen Bywater in goal, the team also kept a clean sheet. Then with Richard O’Donnell between the sticks they would have done so again had it not been for a controversial penalty decision.

O’Donnell was generally sound and made two sharp saves; it was reminiscent of when he proved a capable deputy for Nicky Weaver.

Megson reflects: “Richard has done really well. All young players struggle with a bit of consistency. I felt Richard was doing really well, then had a poor game and wasn’t looking himself.

“So I brought in an experienced goalkeeper, Stephen Bywater, who has been terrific on and off the pitch. But Richard is doing fine.”