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Megson right to ring JP Trophy changes

Wednesday bowed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last night, but most of the talk, from Owls fans at least, surrounded Gary Megson's 'bending of the rules'.

I say bending of the rules, he didn't really bend them at all, he didn't break them, but yet there's talk of a possible fine of up to 5,000 for the Owls as a result of the antics.

The Owls boss made three substitutions inside 17 minutes in the JP Trophy first round clash at Bradford City, which saw the Bantams progress thanks to a penalty shoot-out success after the game ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Were the players injured? Unlikely, judging by the laughter on the Owls bench after both David Prutton and Jose Semedo were hauled off early on. It came after Nicky Weaver, the Wednesday stopper, was substituted after just two minutes.

The reason? The most likely, which has been all-but confirmed by Megson, is that the Owls manager wanted to rest some of his better players from a competition which is way down the pecking order this season.

League rules state that clubs must play at least six players that started the last league outing, or that will start the next league game.

Rule 7.3 for the competition states that: 7.3 Each Club shall play its full available strength in all matches. The Board will from time to time issue a policy as to what constitutes 'full available strength'. Any Club failing to meet this requirement will be required to pay a fine of up to 5,000.

They go on to say: For the 2010/11 season onwards, full available strength means: (a) A Club must include in its starting line-up at least 6 out of the 11 players who started the Club fixture immediately preceding or following the relevant Johnstone's Paint Trophy fixture; or (b) A Club must include in its starting line-up at least 6 out of 11 players who have made the most starting appearances in League and domestic Cup competitions fixtures during that season.

Ideally, Megson would have rested possibly his entire starting eleven, but with that not possible he made all three of his substitutions early on to save Weaver, Prutton and Semedo ahead of next Monday's npower League One clash at Charlton Athletic.

Was it a wise move? Yes, given Wednesday's previous outings in the lower-league competition, and given that the priority is very much with the league this season.

Megson has a squad to choose from, and the reason for a squad is to make sure players can cope with the numerous matches and competitions they'll play in throughout the season.

The clash at Valley Parade was Wednesday's eighth of the season and August hadn't even ended. For a club desperate for promotion from League One this season, and desperate to keep players fit and available ahead of a huge game less than a week later, it was a 'no brainer'.

Given that Megson also fielded a much weaker team at Blackburn Rovers in the Carling Cup - a more prestigious competition - it was also a no brainer that he'd want to do the same in the JP Trophy. It's ridiculous that such rules are in place for the competition, when there are no such rules in either the Carling Cup or FA Cup.

With that all said and done - Wednesday still didn't break any rules. They started with the correct number of players that rules state. If it was cricket, maybe it wouldn't be in the 'spirit of the game', but it isn't.

As for disrespecting the fans that went along to the game, ourselves included, I'd hazard a guess that none of the travelling Wednesdayites expected us to field a strong side for a competition that many of us realise is last on the pecking order.

If anything, it was nice to see a couple of young players blooded, and it's a great competition to do that. Players such as Ayo Obileye and Cecil Nyoni got useful run-outs.

We'll wait and see if the league decide if they can fine Wednesday. If the worst does come to the worst, it's a 5,000 fine. I think Milan can sort that. As nice as it always is to see Wednesday win, hopefully the early exit will allow some extra time to prepare for the more vital league matches this season.

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Date:Wednesday August 31 2011

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

Have to agree. They've got rid of these such rules in the Premier League haven't they so why not in the paint pot too? We have bigger fish to fry
welshyowl
Have to agree. They've got rid of these such rules in the Premier League haven't they so why not in the paint pot too? We have bigger fish to fry
welshyowl
who are the league to tell you who you can and can't play? thats the job of a manager ain't it? sure people would have been moaning had we put full strength team out and got a few injuries
newman87
who are the league to tell you who you can and can't play? thats the job of a manager ain't it? sure people would have been moaning had we put full strength team out and got a few injuries
newman87
Shock horror a manager making a decision on his team selection. Whatever next! Can't see what all the fuss is about he's just doing what he thinks is best for us this season
pob
Shock horror a manager making a decision on his team selection. Whatever next! Can't see what all the fuss is about he's just doing what he thinks is best for us this season
pob
If I remember correctly Neil Mellor got injured in a JPT game last season, right before we started our downward slide from top spot in the league.
SeattleOWL
If I remember correctly Neil Mellor got injured in a JPT game last season, right before we started our downward slide from top spot in the league.
SeattleOWL
I for one am glad to see a manager that has the balls to do something like this takes me back to blackpool last season which Holloway deserves credit for sticking to his guns even after a fine
wedalways
I for one am glad to see a manager that has the balls to do something like this takes me back to blackpool last season which Holloway deserves credit for sticking to his guns even after a fine
wedalways
Promotion come the end of the season will only prove if GM team selection was correct. We don't have a squad that can compete in lots of different competitions at the same time, I thought Nyoni did well when we came on and Beavers was good considering he was playing alongside a 16 year old. Man of the match for me was Palmer, thought he was excellent. None of the others did much from me though. 3 points at Charlton Monday would be nice now please, just read somewhere they've brought in 17 new players this Summer!!!
sussexowl
Promotion come the end of the season will only prove if GM team selection was correct. We don't have a squad that can compete in lots of different competitions at the same time, I thought Nyoni did well when we came on and Beavers was good considering he was playing alongside a 16 year old. Man of the match for me was Palmer, thought he was excellent. None of the others did much from me though. 3 points at Charlton Monday would be nice now please, just read somewhere they've brought in 17 new players this Summer!!!
sussexowl
I know GM has his knockers but for me, at this moment in time, he's just what we need.
sussexowl
I know GM has his knockers but for me, at this moment in time, he's just what we need.
sussexowl
Whilst its not in the spirit of the game and i do feel a tad disappointed for the supporters that travelled. Having thought about it overnight it was the right thing to do in the grand scheme of things. We dont have a massive squad at our disposal so to rest the regular 1st team players was probably right. However, if the 'elite' players dont put a shift in v Charlton next Monday i'll be very disappointed.
tarnyowl
Whilst its not in the spirit of the game and i do feel a tad disappointed for the supporters that travelled. Having thought about it overnight it was the right thing to do in the grand scheme of things. We dont have a massive squad at our disposal so to rest the regular 1st team players was probably right. However, if the 'elite' players dont put a shift in v Charlton next Monday i'll be very disappointed.
tarnyowl
Is it just me or wasnt this an opportunity to get some momentum on the road ??, we have been shocking away from home so far this season and we need to get into the habit of winning away from home. No game until monday sure the players wouldnt have minded playing two games in 6 days !! tough game coming up against Charlton
Aston_Owl
Is it just me or wasnt this an opportunity to get some momentum on the road ??, we have been shocking away from home so far this season and we need to get into the habit of winning away from home. No game until monday sure the players wouldnt have minded playing two games in 6 days !! tough game coming up against Charlton
Aston_Owl
An absolute disgrace. Thought MM and GM wanted to put some respect back in my beloved club but so far we have been the same old sad club!
Prendergast
An absolute disgrace. Thought MM and GM wanted to put some respect back in my beloved club but so far we have been the same old sad club!
Prendergast
I think the competition is pretty pointless it gave the youngsters a run out which now they won't get as we aren't in it or the carling cup.. So when they going get another game then as we scrapped the reserves. Just think Megson is a bit of an idiot tbh and he could of handled the situation better rather than laughing on the bench. Doesn't set a good example either to those youngsters. But overall league is obviously more important.
jamesc1905
I think the competition is pretty pointless it gave the youngsters a run out which now they won't get as we aren't in it or the carling cup.. So when they going get another game then as we scrapped the reserves. Just think Megson is a bit of an idiot tbh and he could of handled the situation better rather than laughing on the bench. Doesn't set a good example either to those youngsters. But overall league is obviously more important.
jamesc1905
GM has a point, we need to rest our "First Eleven" because if that shower of **** we put out last night is our back up then we are screwed. A 16 kid at the back who was as much use as my 5 year old daughter! Gifted Bradford FOUR clear chances! And Clinton Morrison, well what can I say! Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Wednesday XI get destroyed 0-14 by Alfreton Town. On a good note glad to see a new striker join.
NapoliOwl
GM has a point, we need to rest our "First Eleven" because if that shower of **** we put out last night is our back up then we are screwed. A 16 kid at the back who was as much use as my 5 year old daughter! Gifted Bradford FOUR clear chances! And Clinton Morrison, well what can I say! Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Wednesday XI get destroyed 0-14 by Alfreton Town. On a good note glad to see a new striker join.
NapoliOwl
I think Megson showed some ********* to do what he did last night. Everyone would have been moaning like f00k if he had put out Madine etc and they had got injured. Same happened last year when he played Mellor and look how long he was out for. And anyone that says they didnt expect Megson to play a 'weakened' side last night is talking out of their arses.
Skeggy Owl
I think Megson showed some ********* to do what he did last night. Everyone would have been moaning like f00k if he had put out Madine etc and they had got injured. Same happened last year when he played Mellor and look how long he was out for. And anyone that says they didnt expect Megson to play a 'weakened' side last night is talking out of their arses.
Skeggy Owl
Have to agree with NapoliOwl in that Megson did the right thing cos its a pointless competition but the 16 year old at the back was awful,really scary.O Donnell had to rescue him countless times.He was playing when we lost 14-0 to Alfreton and I saw him have a nightmare pre season against Dinnington Town as well. Great signing for us though in Ryan Lowe and we got him for 100,000.
leons gloves
Have to agree with NapoliOwl in that Megson did the right thing cos its a pointless competition but the 16 year old at the back was awful,really scary.O Donnell had to rescue him countless times.He was playing when we lost 14-0 to Alfreton and I saw him have a nightmare pre season against Dinnington Town as well. Great signing for us though in Ryan Lowe and we got him for 100,000.
leons gloves
sussexowl the knockers u was talking about wud that be Morrison and Uchechi cos they are a pair of tits lol.
ollyowl70
sussexowl the knockers u was talking about wud that be Morrison and Uchechi cos they are a pair of tits lol.
ollyowl70
Seems that the Football League is investigating whether Wednesday fielded a weakened team in the JPT against Bradford the other night. Apparently we've asked for 542 other offences to be taken into consideration
swfcjambo
Seems that the Football League is investigating whether Wednesday fielded a weakened team in the JPT against Bradford the other night. Apparently we've asked for 542 other offences to be taken into consideration
swfcjambo
 

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