Promise of more to come

Concussion: Defender Rob Jones was punched while scoring.
Concussion: Defender Rob Jones was punched while scoring.
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wednesday’s players have each made a promise to Gary Megson.

They have pledged to put in maximum effort in a bid to lift the club out of relegation trouble.

The Owls boss has revealed that has sought answers from each individual in the wake on Tuesday’s flop against Brentford.

“I have asked questions to every single player,” said Megson, who has also made his own points.

“I’m looking at it and thinking all that’s required is honesty and effort.

“Knowing that you have that and hoping that you have it are two different things.

“The team that plays on Saturday, because they’ve promised us, will have that honesty and effort.

“They can’t promise they’ll play well. They can promise they’ll try to play well. They can promise they’ll absolutely run their socks off so that at the end of the game they can’t run another yard. They can do that, because nobody can stop it.

“The opposition can’t stop you running, They can stop you shooting, crossing, getting the ball down and passing, but they can’t stop you competing.”

“That has to be our starting point.

“I can promise it will be the same for the team that wins the Premier League as well.”

Megson says that each player gave a positive answer when asked if he was going to provide the battling qualities needed to win a relegation fight.

It is hoped that Rob Jones will be able to play after being taken to hospital on Tuesday night with concussion.

Owls staff now believe that his bang on the head may have come from the fist of the Brentford goalkeeper, accidentally, when the centre-half beat him to the ball to head the equaliser.

Jones was then faulted for the Bees’ second goal, as he touched the ball into the path of an opponent instead of clearing it.

Megson said: “We think Rob got the bang when he scored. He didn’t say anything straight away, then he made a mistake for the second goal, but he was suffering from concussion. That was unfortunate for us.

“He was released from hospital on Wednesday morning.”

If the on-loan centre-back from Scunthorpe does not make it for tomorrow’s home game against Colchester, then Lewis Buxton, Michael Morrison and Reda Johnson offer the obvious options.

Megson is plaeased to have Buxton and Jon Otsemobor fit again: “Lewis has done well, playing in different positions. He’s capable of doing that.

“Jon coming back is nice; he’s got quality because he’s quick, he’s strong and a good passer.

“I don’t know how he’s playing in League One; he has the qualities to play at a much, much higher level.”

Buxton came on as a sub at left-back at Dagenham last Saturday, started at righ- back on Tuesday and was switched to centre-half after Jones went off, with Ostemobor coming on at right-back for his first outing since January.

Megson rated Tuesday’s game as the biggest for the club since the relegation decider against Cystal Palace. It is a tag he now applies to tomorrow’s contest, as it could be a turning point in the road to League One safety and improved home form.

Fourth-from bottom Walsall have no game, and if Wednesday win - which would put the clubs level on games played - then the Owls will be seven points clear of the Saddlers with only seven matches left.

“Walsall don’t play this weekend. It will be difficult for them to catch us if we get a good result against Colchester,” Megson said. “It’s a massive game for us, because of what’s been going on recently. There aren’t enough tomorrows. You have to get it done now. That was the same on Tuesday. The requirements weren’t met but they’ve got to be met this Saturday.”

Colchester, 10th in the table, could be unchanged after a 5-1 home win against Exeter last Saturday.


The Teams

OWLS (possible): O’Donnell; Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Spurr; J Johnson, Osbourne, O’Brien, Teale; Madine, Heffernan (4-4-2).

U’s: Williams; Wilson, Clark, Heath, Coker; Bond, Perkins, Izzet, Vincent; Gillespie, Mooney (4-4-2)

The Referee

Scott Matthieson (Stockport): Handled Huddersfield’s 3-0 home win against Notts County on Sunday. Took up referring after seeing an ad in a Stockport newspaper, and worked his way up to join the National List in 1994.