Act of desperation to please Owls fans

Owls boss: Gary Megson.
Owls boss: Gary Megson.

CHRIS Sedgwick has told of the desperation felt by him and teammates to deliver better times to Owls fans.

Sheffield-born and a Wednesday fan, he is keenly aware that the club have fallen below expectations this season.

He also admits that any criticism from supporters has had to be taken on the chin.

”When you look at the size of the club and the position we’re in, you’re not going to expect pats on the back when you’re in mid-table in League One,” he said.

“Fans pay a lot of money to come and watch and we’ve not delivered for them this season, so they’re entitled to have a pop really.

“We’re as desperate as they are to get things right.

“It’s hard when you’re playing at Hillsborough and losing games and you look around and there’s a big crowd full of expectations. You want to deliver something for them; we haven’t done that enough times this season.”

But he sees cause for encouragment in recent away performances and hopes that the team can also hit form at Hillsborough - starting with today’s visit of Notts County.

“We’ve won games away, we haven’t played brilliantly; they’ve been workmanlike performances,” he said.

“We’ll take a win any way we can at the minute, and I think fans just want to see a win, not us just play millions of passes and carve people open.”

Efforts to earn a first home league win in three months look set to be combated by Graeme Lee.

The former Owls centre-half played in a 1-0 home defeat against Peterborough on Tuesday after Krystian Pearce suffered a head injury in training. Pearce has now been ruled out for weeks.

Lee, a member of Hillsborough’s 2005 promotion-winning squad, said: “I had brilliant times there. They were the best times I have enjoyed in my career really, because it’s a great club to play for and it’s well supported.

“It’s like a Premier League set-up. I don’t think you could do anything but not enjoy playing there.

“It’s a game I will relish if I play.”

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