Leaky defence cost us again, moans Megson

Dejected: Owls pair of Jose Semedo and Jon Otsemobor trail off at the final whistle.                                  Picture: steve ellis

Dejected: Owls pair of Jose Semedo and Jon Otsemobor trail off at the final whistle. Picture: steve ellis

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GARY Megson has bemoaned his team’s defending at set pieces with Stevenage having plundered victory at Hillsborough last night after Exeter beat the Owls with two free kicks last Saturday.

Megson also revealed that John Bostock and Ryan Lowe would have started last night’s game but were ruled out by illness and a calf injury respectively.

The Wednesday manager said: “I would imagine that in the last six games we have cost ourselves a minimum of eight points through failing to defend set pieces properly. It wasn’t because the opposition played any better than us, or opened us up and created chances, because they haven’t.

“We have players who individually are not doing what’s expected of them at set pieces, which are a huge part of football.

“It’s galling because we write it up on the board where they should be. We practice set-pieces and ram it in to them how important they are” said Megson, who had a minor confrontation with opposition manager Gary Smith last night.

The Owls boss exonerated Rob Jones and refused to name the culprits: “Everybody in our dressing room knows who it is, because we write it on the board. If people aren’t going to do...they’ll come out of the team; you have to be able to trust players to do the right thing.

“We had 11 corners. We didn’t attack the ball like they did. Rob should score in the first half. We had 10 shots to their two. We had some good opportunities, great strikes, but when somebody gets a lead it’s acceptable for them to get eight or nine behind the ball. Stevenage have some big strong players and are well organised, and their keeper made some good saves.”