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Manager's Musings: Owls v Chesterfield

Manager's Musings: Owls v Chesterfield

Wednesday manager Gary Megson was full of praise for his side after they saw off Chesterfield 3-1 at Hillsborough and moved into second place in npower League One on Saturday.

The Spireites, managed by Owls legend John Sheridan, proved a tricky test for the on-song Owls, but the hosts stormed to a sixth home win from as many matches so far this term to make it Wednesday's best home start to a season in 30 years.

Megson hailed goalscorers Lewis Buxton, Gary Madine - who netted his tenth in as many league games - and Ben Marshall but also praised defensive duo Rob Jones and Danny Batth, who he said were unlucky not to keep a clean sheet.

'Danny and Rob were terrific today,' he told the official Wednesday website.

'They showed they are back to their best and the goal we conceded was harsh on them because they deserved a clean sheet.

'But it was a good win for us, although we were stretched for a short while after Chesterfield scored their goal.

'We have six wins on the spin at home and that's terrific but we are not there yet and we will continue to work hard.'

Chesterfield could have snatched an equaliser after Leon Clarke gave them hope with a goal with ten minutes to go, but instead Marshall went down the other end and made it 3-1 with a fine finish.

And Sheridan believes the result was harsh on his men, claiming Chesterfield 'outplayed' Wednesday.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'I thought we played really, really well. We've lost the game 3-1 so I've said it a few times what I think of our performances and we don't really get what we deserve out of the game and I think that's what happened today.

'We played really well and how we've conceded three goals I just don't know but we have.

'I thought we were the better team. They scored three and we got one but I thought we totally outplayed them. We know what their strengths are, we know what they were all about but the second and third goals were a joke on our part.'

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Date:Sunday October 9 2011
Time: 12:57PM

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Bit of psychology here on behalf of both managers. Shez is trying to keep his side's heads up, Meggo's trying to keep our feet on the ground. Understandable really. Still a fine win.
09/10/2011 13:29:00
I think that Sheridan may have been in the bar before the interview with radio pigs.
ecco owl
09/10/2011 14:16:00
fair assesment from meggo think sheridan needs to think again apart from the first 20 in second half thought they were poor
09/10/2011 14:58:00
As much as I like JS, if he thinks thats' dominating then he's crackers.
09/10/2011 16:56:00
I'd prefer to think it's not just sour grapes from Shez. He's taking care of business. He'll have used the local media hype, the crowd and the occasion to drum up some self-belief into a squad that's struggling to find their feet in this division. Their fans turned up in nimbers and for periods in the second half they played above themselves. They still got beat. Tough, we say. The best side won. But he'll need to pick their morale up off the floor and get them believing again. If that means trying to convince them they were unlucky......
09/10/2011 18:33:00
Sheridan is right to take some positives from the game being that in spells the passing played by is team was very good indeed, that being said however they lacked true penetration and true goal threat. Leon played ok with his back to goal and we gifted him his strike but he had several other chances that he made a complete mess of. The passing was good but to a point they were allowed to make those passes as Wednesday kept their shape at the cost of closing down every person that recieved the ball... this contributed to the fact that Chesterfield had the ball but could do little with it. A plea has to be put into MM however if we let the number 10 leave before the end of the season we are not serious about making a push Marshall shone again, a couple of the passes he made in addition to runs and his coal were total class and we must try at least to keep him. He proved that he can play very well behind Madine when he was shifted late on to take the ever shifted JJ's place. It really appeared that JJ wasn't match fit, I thought he would have been a lot more influential given 35 minutes but starting on the left, shifting to second striker and ending on the right his contribution was really limited to his first 15... I really hope he can re-capture his pre-season form quickly. UTO (Oh and Shezza in this case the better team one pure and simple it wasn't pretty at times but it was effective, we won rather than you lost plain and simple!! WTID)
10/10/2011 09:45:00
goal not coal... i'm not suggesting the number 10 works down the pit! ;o)
10/10/2011 09:46:00
Oh dear I meant won and not one!! Reading my first comment is like reading an article in the Star!! lol
10/10/2011 09:48:00
Sheridan must have been watching a different game to me cos if he thinks that they outplayed us he must be deluded. I hope that the blunts outplay us on Saturday if the results the same! Ben Marshall was pure class,he was a threat every time he got the ball and his goal was a beauty.We need him until end of season.
leons gloves
10/10/2011 12:39:00
we definitely need to keep marshall. if the hope is that johnson will replace him when he's fit and marshall's loan ends we will be in deep trouble as johnson has never produced that type of form and he is not about to start now!
Hirsty's Shinpads
10/10/2011 17:02:00
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