Strikers’ chance to keep out the ‘Goal Machine’

Debut goal: Ryan Lowe scored at Wycombe and linked well with Chris O'Grady
Debut goal: Ryan Lowe scored at Wycombe and linked well with Chris O'Grady
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GARY Megson is calling on strike pair Ryan Lowe and Chris O’Grady to keep up the form they showed in the victory at Wycombe.

Lowe heads into a full home debut against Brentford tomorrow after bagging a first goal on his first start; O’Grady after his most impressive display yet in a blue-and-white shirt.

They could make a return to the side for Gary Madine less than a formality after he has served his extra suspension of one match.

While pleased with the play of the new front two, Megson also refuses to make light of the absence of Madine.

“Ryan and Chris are both good players,” he said. “We brought them in about the same time but they haven’t been able to really get going because of injuries.

“You saw in the Wycombe game the qualities that they have, and hopefully they can keep pushing on from there.”

Seeing Lowe from the start will be something new for most fans, who have already seen what O’Grady can do alongside Madine.

With Clinton Morrison also back in the fold after his loan at MK Dons, Megson thinks he has a strikeforce that offers quality and variety.

“We knew the kind of players we wanted to bring in. It didn’t happen by accident,” he said. “It was just a case of getting the right names to fit the type of players we wanted.

“When they’re all fit and available, we’ll have different options for whatever eventuality is put in front of us.”

Megson admitted that Madine has not really been missed yet: “But Chris and Ryan have only played the one game together.

“Gary is the top scorer in the division and he’s been playing really well and leading the line really well.

“When he’s available, we’ll have a look at how everybody is doing, including Clinton.

“We’ve got what we were striving for: not to be a one-trick pony, but to be able to play in different ways and with different types.”

Lowe could have got off the mark even quicker, reflects Megson: “He felt he should have scored at Carlisle, so did we, but it wasn’t an absolute sitter.

“He scored after coming on against Colchester

but had run offside. As well as scoring at Wycombe, he did ever so well on the first goal, because he hit the post [and Jose Semedo netted the loose ball].

“Ryan is a threat; he knows what he’s doing; he’s bright and bubbly around the place. You can see the reaction of the supporters to him as well. We just need him to keep plugging away.”

Megson has still not ruled Reda Johnson out of tomorrow’s game as he makes a quick recovery from his groin injury, but said it was “touch and go” for the left-back.

The Owls chief is unconcerned that, though he was shortlisted for the League One Manager of the Month award, he has not won it.

Even before the decision was due to be announced, he had said: “I won’t win that.

There are two managers with better results.”

Wednesday had four wins, a draw and defeat in October. Lee Clark’s Huddersfield had five League wins and a drawn and Leyton Orient’s Russell Slade had four wins and two draws.

Megson added: “These things are nice, but they’re trinkets. I would be happy to go through the season being nominated every month and not winning it.

“What usually happens is you’ve had a month with games where you’d expect to get results.

“These awards are interesting, but they’re not something that managers are absolutely dependent on, to be honest.”

Meanwhile, Giles Coke is pondering his future after returning from his two-month loan at Bury. His final game for the Shakers was a 2-1 home defeat against Stevenage.

He said: “I really enjoyed my time [at Bury]. All the boys have been real quality and I intend to return to see them on their Christmas do.

“Fair play to the gaffer for giving me the opportunity. I’ve got a lot to thank Bury for. But I just feel it is a good time for me to go back and really give it a shot and try to get in the Wednesday team.”