GARY Megson is warning that Wednesday must improve on Saturday’s showing at Exeter or face a humbling at the hands of Stevenage for the second time tomorrow.
The Owls face the side who beat them 5-1 in September and gave Megson what he regards as a low point of his one-year reign.
“This is a hugely important game for us,” he said.
“They wiped the floor with us and if everything is exactly the same they’ll do it again. We have to step up to the plate, show a lot more intensity, a lot more honesty, and go and perform, because it’s a massive game now.”
Megson will today assess Miguel Llera, who has had stitches in a cut eye and had to go off during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat when the Owls were winning 1-0. He was replaced by Rob Jones. The Owls boss was strongly critical of some, unnamed members of his team.
“I say what I think,” he said. “When it’s good, I say it’s good; when it’s poor, I say it was poor, and that was. We needed to force the issue. It looked like the only way we might get a goal was through JJ or a set piece. JJ’s strike was fantastic. He looks a threat every time he gets the ball. But you’re not going to get the results you want with only one player playing as you would hope.
“Quite a few of ours have a spotlight on them now and they need to start shaping themselves.”
He accused some players of not showing enough energy or desire.
“They know what’s expected; we work on certain things, first and foremost is hard work, playing with enthusiasm and as if your life depended on it. We have some at the moment who are playing as if they’re doing us a favour.
“The opportunity was there for us against Exeter. Through neglect, we slung it away. People look at Ben Marshall; he was a class act and he changed things for us but we have players who are nowhere near how they were four weeks ago, and they have to get back to that very quickly. You can’t just ponce about and rest on your laurels. This club has got to be successful and get itself moving.”