Fine defensive display eases Megson need for new blood
SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s new-found form is forcing Gary Megson to have second thoughts about loan signings.
He has been scouring the market, with a defender a priority, but has no complaints about the successive clean sheets earned at Bournemouth and Carlisle.
The Owls boss says that, like any manager, he will always keep looking at ways to improve the side.
But the current form of the back four means that he is re-assessing the need for any new players.
“Carlisle applied pressure but our defending, which had been much maligned over the last few weeks, was terrific.
“Mark Beevers looks like he is back to what I would expect of him. Reda Johnson has done really well, Richard Hinds has done well to come in and play two games having not played for so long, and Tommy Spurr looks like he’s getting his game back together.”
Keeper Nicky Weaver played his part in the 1-0 win at Carlisle with a save in each half.
“They’ve all done well,” added Megson, who rates Weaver as the the best keeper in League One.
“It’s part of his job getting the back four to perform like that by talking. I’m really pleased with the two centre halves, especially Mark Beevers; he’s getting his act together.”
Megson might have signed a loan defender before last week if he had been able to find one who was available, affordable and good enough to improve the team.
But he takes heart from the last two performances: “When we play like that we don’t really need anybody.
“We showed a great of honesty and desire. It was a great result: it is difficult to go to Carlisle and get something.”
Megson also praised scorer Tommy Miller, who has come back for the last two games, as captain, after being out for seven with a hamstring injury.
“Tommy has been a big, big plus for us, after being out for quite a while,” said the manager. “He’s worked his socks off; but I was so pleased for all the players.”
He said that the effort put in left the team “shattered” at the end, after a midweek trip to Bournemouth and five successive away games.
Saturday’s win was the first in 11 League games and the first of Megson’s reign.