Madine in derby setback

New blow: striker Gary Madine
New blow: striker Gary Madine

WEDNESDAY have suffered a Gary Madine scare as Gary Megson ponders ways of ended a goal shortage.

A return for the Owls’ top scorer, who was dropped last week, could be one of the options for the Sheffield derby but he has missed some of this week’s build-up because of illness.

Boss Megson has hammered home the need for more goals from all his strikers.

Chris O’Grady, Ryan Lowe, Madine and Clinton Morrison will be the four from whom he is set to pick a front two to face United.

“We’ll have to see how Gary has reacted to training after his illness,” said Megson, who will take another look at the 12-goal centre-forward at Middlewood today. “We need certain players to score more goals. It’s why we are where we are, and why United are where they are.

“Ched Evans has been brilliant for them with his best ever goalscoring form. You would expect a £3 million striker to do well in Division One, but, all credit to him, and he’s someone we’re really going to have to keep an eye on.”

Megson also has to decide whether to persevere with a strike pairing of O’Grady and Lowe.

“All the forwards have to get more

goals,” he said. “Nobody has got to the level I was looking for, apart from Reda Johnson and Rob Jones, who have each scored a few.”

In pre-season the players were told of goal targets for each position in the team.

For strikers it was 18 - and Madine was well of course for that, with 11, after he had netted the equaliser against United at Bramall Lane in October.

But he suffered a long lay-off with a broken toe and was unable to regain his form on his return, though he increased his tally to 12 with a strike against Hartlepool last month.

Megson added: “We need goals from all the strikers, and Gary Madine needs to get back to how he was.

“Jermaine Johnson was getting the goals.”

But JJ is injured and Megson is encouraging the whole team to chip in.

“We’re not playing any differently lately, compared with how we were. The only thing that’s changed is that we’re not scoring enough,” he added.

Wednesday have netted once in their last three league games but are League One’s fifth highest scorers.