Sheffield Wednesday: Megson glad of early chance to bounce back

Owls Manager Gary Megson
Owls Manager Gary Megson
Share this article
Have your say

SHEFFIELD Wednesday are banking on learning the lessons of the 4-2 defeat against Plymouth and bidding to switch back to their recent away form when they go to Oldham tomorrow.

Manager Gary Megson, his staff and players held an hour-long inquest after Saturday’s game because of the dip in form that followed their four-point haul from trips to Bournemouth and Carlisle.

Megson believes that it could be beneficial to have such an early chance to put things right.

“It will be difficult; we haven’t got too long to lick our wounds but sometimes it’s best when you fall off your horse to get straight back on it. We’ll see.

“We have been playing a lot tighter away from home and getting better results.”

He is likely to ponder the team’s personnel and formation, after fielding the same starting line-up for the third game in a row but seeing it fail to maintain the improvement seen in the previous two games.

About the team meeting, he said: “I’m always frank and say what I think; we just asked the players what they think and saw if we could a bit of input from them as well.”

But he said the contents of the discussion were private.

Megson could consider a start for Jermaine Johnson, who played for the second half as a sub after missing five games - but his lack of match fitness may count against him.

The Owls manager has also revealed that dizzy spells were the reason for the winger’s time on the sidelines and tests at the Hallamshire Hospital, who gave him the all clear to resume training.

Megson could also consider starting with a second striker in the team, having been using five midfield players, and Gary Madine as a target man: he sent on Clinton Morrison to support Madine for the second half.

Giles Coke has also staked a claim for a start, after serving a three-match ban and scoring a fine goal during his second-half stint as a sub.

But Megson also pointed out that the same set-up that started Saturday’s game had been succeeding away from home.

“When we come back here, people have mentioned to me ‘are we going to play 4-4-2, are we going to be, in terms of personnel, more positive?’ Aside from the first five-10 minutes, we WERE playing 4-4-2, but in playing like that we were absolutely wide open.”

On Johnson, Megson said: “At times he can be frustrating, but what we have got to try and get him to do, and what I have spoken to him about, is to take people on every time he gets it. That’s his strength.

“He’s been out for a quite a while. To be perfectly honest, he did some good things - I don’t mean just with the ball - but defensively he needs to take more responsibility and get himself back into position. In doing so he’ll cause more problems to the opposition because he’ll have more space to receive the ball.”