SHEFFIELD Wednesday will head for League One leaders Brighton on Saturday on a high after thrashing Tranmere 4-0 and making virtually sure of safety.
Manager Gary Megson rated their start and goal-scoring prowess as the best of his reign. They raced into an an early three-goal lead and added a fourth in stoppage time.
Megson has refused to set a safety target and will demand more of the ability and effort that his team showed last night.
He also feels that they could have done even better.
Megson commented: “Even if we hadn’t won either of the last two games we’d have been pleased with the performances. They’ve set off really well, scored the first goal on each occasion and kept going. There was some really good stuff.”
The Owls led 3-0 at half time. Megson added: “The game’s not over at 3-0. We had a few players who stopped doing what they we were doing to enable us to get to 3-0.
“That’s something we need to improve on, but the goals that we got, the clean sheet, and most of all the effort and desire, all the things that we’re going to need, were there.
“The start that we asked them for: we talked before they went out that there had to be no ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show.’
He acknowledged that the display was the best of his reign “in terms of goals and the start.”
Megson praised strikers Gary Madine and Neil Mellor and said work had been done on the sort of link-up that brought last night’s second goal, for Madine.
The Owls boss rated Mellor’s show last night as the best he had ever seen from him. He said Mellor’s goal, the fourth, was “magnificent.”
Two goals came from Tommy Miller in the first half.
Megson said he was not already assuming that Owls were safe: “We’re loooking for performances and results.”