GARY Megson describes his scathing criticism of some of his players at Exeter as possibly the most “negative” interview he has ever given.
The Owls manager makes no apologies for telling how he saw it, and he is looking for a response from the team tonight.
“Some people say you should be positive, you shouldn’t say those things, but I can’t be like that,” he says.
“I’ve always said what I think. I can’t be like these politicians and find any shining light.
“I listen to some managers, especially in the Premier League, in all sorts of trouble and talking about a great corner they have won after four minutes, when they’ve been beaten.
“I always talk honestly. It’s a challenge as well to the players to up their game.”
Megson expects stiff resistance from Stevenage: “They’ve had a terrific season so far. They gave us a real good hiding (5-1). That was a bit of a watershed for us; from that point we were fantastic.
“Some of the things we are doing at the moment aren’t what I would have expected five or six weeks ago. We need to keep moving forward.
“Stevenage are fit, powerful and organised; they’ve also got some good technicians.”
Megson does not want the on-form Jermaine Johnson to be the Owls’ only big threat: “He’s playing really well. I felt on Saturday that was the only place where penetration was going to come from. That’s something we need to change, drastically and quickly.
“The results aren’t as strong as they were but standards aren’t that bad: we’re second. I want our standards to be even higher.”
Stevenage manager Gary Smith was appointed three weeks ago. Three postponements have meant that a 1-0 FA Cup win against Notts County has been his only game in charge so far. He replaced Graham Westley, who joined Preston.