Sheffield Wednesday’s Megson braced for ban after penalty dispute

Dagenham & Redbridge v Sheffield Wednesday.....Referee Steve Rushton with Owls Manager Gary Megson
Dagenham & Redbridge v Sheffield Wednesday.....Referee Steve Rushton with Owls Manager Gary Megson
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GARY Megson will seek home comforts as he braces himself for an FA charge after being sent off in the controversial 1-1 draw at Dagenham.

The Owls manager regards a run of three successive home games as an opportunity to overshadow the frustration of the Daggers’ hotly disputed penalty equaliser and his brush with officialdom.

Megson was delighted with the way his team battled on Saturday and believes that similar steel plus some refinement can help to transform home form after three successive Hillsborough defeats. Preparing for tomorrow’s visit of Brentford, he told The Star: “Four out of our next five games are at home.

“We’ve got to show that same kind of defending and do better on the ball at our place.”

Megson was sent to the stand in the 82nd minute a few minutes after a handball decision against Chris Sedgwick cost the Owls victory.

He also claimed afterwards that referee Steve Rushton of Staffordshire allowed himself to be influenced at half time by Dagenham manager John Still and he called the official’s second-half performance “pathetic” and “one-eyed at best.” Megson said he knew he would be reported to the FA but he was going to report the referee. Rushton was called to the touchline by fourth official Richard Kendall of Bedfordshire, and then dismissed the Owls boss. Megson said he did not know exactly why he had been sent off. He could face a fine or a touchline ban.

Megson was incensed by the half-time incident and said he understood it was against the rules for managers to talk to the referee at half time.

“It was plain for everybody to see that when we were coming out for the second half John Still had his arm around the referee’s shoulder, from the touchline to probably halfway in their half. I heard what they were saying.

“I said to that refereee that I didn’t think we were supposed to talk to referees at half time and try to influence their decisions. He was influenced. His performance in the second half was pathetic.”

Megson also spotlighted the fourth official: “He sent Rob Jones back on to the pitch [after an injury]. Rob gets a rollocking from the referee for going on without permission. Then the fourth official says he didn’t send him on. But he did.”

John Still denied trying to influence the referee and said the ref asked him a question, not the other way around. Still also said they talked about an Oldham v Dagenham game this season (refereed by Rushton) when there were two balls on the pitch.

Still said he knew Megson was upset: “That’s football.”