Clint versus the money men

Goal touch: Clinton Morrison will be in contention even if the Owls sign another striker.     Picture: Steve Ellis
Goal touch: Clinton Morrison will be in contention even if the Owls sign another striker. Picture: Steve Ellis

CLINTON Morrison has been told that even if another striker is signed it does not necessarily mean the end of his Hillsborough first-team role.

Gary Megson has assured him that form and not transfer fees will decide who plays.

Many fans will have suspected that Morrison could be on his way out, in view of competition from Gary Madine, the signing of Chris O’Grady and the striker hunt.

But O’Grady is injured, and Madine and Morrison have played in the league.

Each was given 45 minutes at Blackburn in the Carling Cup, as planned, and Morrison went on as a sub to score a first-class goal and catch his manager’s eye.

Megson says: “I’ve spoken to Clinton and said if we do manage to bring in another forward he’ll be part of a pool we’ve got. It doesn’t matter to me whether we’ve paid a lot of money or no money. The best one plays.”

The Morrison-Madine partnership is set to re-form against Scunthorpe tomorrow as the Owls bid to make it four home wins in a row.

Madine got off the mark with the winner against Notts County last Saturday.

Goals by Rob Jones and David Prutton resulted in a 2-0 opening-day victory against Rochdale, and Wednesday’s second string beat Blackpool on penalties in the Carling Cup.

Megson also harks back to the home form of last season’s run-in, when four successive Hillsborough victories were totted up until the blot of a defeat by Exeter in the final game of the campaign.

So he is pleased to be going back home to restart the League One campaign after the Cup exit at Ewood Park.

“Each home game we have played so far this season we have won.

“For the first time in quite a while, we also came back to win after being 1-0 down, against Notts County.

“Even last season we were scoring a few goals at home and playing well.

“It was a bit of a sour note to finish on, losing to Exeter, but you can get daft results on the last day of the season.

“When I first came as manager, we hadn’t won a home game for ages, which is a strange phenomenon with the support we’ve got. We have some huge advantages, playing at home, and we have to make the most of them and keep the form there going.

“We’ve got great away support but it’s at Hillsborough where everything favours us.”

Meanwhile, Richard O’Donnell is set to make way for Nicky Weaver tomorrow but has been added to Megson’s “positives” of the Blackburn game.

The Wednesday boss said: “Richard made a few decent saves and took a few good crosses.

“He is among those who can be pleased with their performances.”

MATCHFACTS

The Teams

OWLS (possible): Weaver, Buxton, Batth, R Johnson, Bennett, Marshall, Semedo, Prutton, Lines, Morrison, Madine (4-4-2).

IRON (possible): Lillis, Wright, Nelson, Canavan, Nolan, Duffy, Togwell, O’Connor, Barcham, Dagnall, Grant (4-4-2).

The Referee

James Linington (Isle of Wight): Will be remembered by Scunthorpe for sending off three Swansea players in a stormy 2-1 Carling Cup win for the Iron two years ago. He has dished out 18 yellow cards in six games this season.