Megson: No excuses, we want to win cup tie

Megson: No excuses, we want to win cup tie

Gary Megson this afternoon admitted he will have to “chop and change” ahead of the visit to Blackpool in the FA Cup Fourth Round. He also confirmed his interest in bringing Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde to the club.

In a packed portakabin at Wednesday’s Middlewood Road training ground, the Owls gaffer reflected on an important victory at Glanford Park on Tuesday night given the high expectations that surround his side.

“It is a crisis here if we go two games and we’ve drawn one and lost one – that’s how it is,” he said.

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“We have to cope with that. I’ve read some of the stuff after the game at Scunthorpe suggesting that we’ve got back on the right track, we’ve turned the corner. And then you look at the league and we’re in joint 2ndspot with some very good teams.”

Turning his attention to the FA Cup tie, Megson said nothing should be read into the result at Bloomfield Road – but he will be sending his side out to win the game.

“It’s not used as a yardstick; it’s purely what it is – the fourth round of the FA Cup,” he said. “We want to win it and come through it hopefully with no more injuries and then go down to MK Dons.”

“If it is a distraction it certainly won’t be used as an excuse when the actual game’s on,” said Megson.

Megson confirmed changes will have to be made – through a combination of injuries and cup-tied players.

The Wednesday manager described Miguel Llera’s performance at Scunthorpe as “terrific” but he and Mike Jones will both miss out, cup-tied after appearances for Brentford and Bury respectively.

“We are going to have to chop and change it a little bit,” said Megson. “We’ve got a hugely important game on Tuesday night and an as-important game on the Saturday afterwards.”

Rob Jones (ankle), Reda Johnson (back) and Julian Bennett (shoulder) are all doubtful for the trip to the seaside although Lewis Buxton is expected to be available after a hamstring strain. Megson also confirmed the injury to Daniel Jones was not as bad as first suspected.

“He’s done something to his calf, he’ll have a scan tomorrow [Friday] but it’s not as bad,” said Megson.

“There were some reports, it really shouldn’t happen, but people are jumping to conclusions that he might have broken his leg,” he said.

“That’s not nice, it’s not nice for the lad but more importantly he might have his parents listening to that and it was never even close to that kind of problem. Hopefully, fingers crossed, it won’t be too long.”

Despite defensive concerns, one position where Wednesday do have plenty of cover is between the sticks. Stephen Bywater signed a six-month deal in January, meaning the Owls now have four ‘keepers on their books.

Megson is certainly pleased to have the madcap Mancunian back at Hillsborough.

Bywater is back in the side

“He’s loud and he’s brash,” said Megson. “He’s also a very good goalkeeper and really conscientious.

“For all the laughing and joking that he does he’s the only one that’s here at 7 o’clock in the morning doing his yoga,” he said. “He does that himself and he does it properly.”


The Owls gaffer says the number 1 shirt is now Bywater’s to lose after Nicky Weaver had “not his finest 90 minutes” in the 2-2 draw with Hartlepool.

Meanwhile Megson was full of praise for two players who have had differing fortunes this season – Jermaine Johnson and Jose Semedo. The Wednesday manager admitted he needs to play JJ on his side of the pitch so he can shout at him to get back into position!

“I’ve told JJ until he starts doing it ordinarily by himself – he doesn’t like it – but he’s going to have me shouting in his earhole to get back into position,” said Megson.

“It’s not just a defending thing. If he gets himself into those positions he invariably picks the ball up with space in front of him and then at this level, as you saw on Tuesday, there’s nobody better,” he said.

“When he scored that goal like he did you think the penny’s finally dropped. Then his first shot in the first half when he smashed it straight out the ground, I don’t know what he was thinking.

“You have to persevere a little bit with JJ because of what you see he can do when he gets it right, and there’s nobody else who can do it,” Megson continued.

A player who needs no encouragement from his manager though is Jose Semedo. The Portuguese midfielder captained the side on Tuesday and put in another sterling performance.

“I think he’s only had two games where I thought ‘Crikey he’s nowhere near what I normally expect’ and they were both against Charlton,” said Megson.

“He was superb on Tuesday. I think he’s been captain now a minimum of three times, possibly more and we’ve won every game,” he said.

“When I sat down at the beginning of May I knew that we had to try and bring this kind of person to Wednesday.

Said Megson: “I make a point of trying to speak to the players we sign before they actually sign on the dotted line.

“When I went down for Semedo, he was really polite, really enthusiastic; he wanted to know everything about Wednesday. Already he’d spoken to Nicky Weaver and we knew all the qualities on the field.”

Another midfielder who Megson admires is Ferrie Bodde – and he today confirmed he is interested in the Swansea man. The Dutchman hasn’t played first team football for nearly two years so a loan move may be on the cards.

“He’s been out for a long, long time. He’s a really good player but I don’t know if anything will come of it. It might suit Swansea, it might certainly suit Wednesday and it might suit Ferrie.

Bodde on the line for Megson?

It’s early days yet but he’s certainly somebody I would be interested in.”

Megson wouldn’t, however, be pressed on the future of ex-Owls loanee Ben Marshall.

“You need to go and sit in on Stoke’s press conference because he’s a Stoke player,” said Megson.

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  1. he needs a 48 yr old fullback. =)

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