Owls ace seeks triple tonic in cup showdown

Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons....Owls Chris Lines
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons....Owls Chris Lines

CHRIS Lines is on a triple mission as he heads into tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Morecambe with the Owls.

He aims to get back quickly into Gary Megson’s favour after being taken off at half-time of last Saturday’s tough stalemate against Brentford.

The midfielder also wants to experience the same sort of cup run with Wednesday that he enjoyed with Bristol Rovers - and he seeks his first goal for the Owls.

He helped the Pirates, then in League One, reach the 2008 quarter-finals, where they lost 5-1 to West Brom.

With Megson calling on him to recapture the form he was showing before last Saturday, Lines says: “It was a difficult game game against Brentford. I got moved out to the wing fairly early; we had to try something different.

“He brought Liam Palmer on. He’d been on fire in training. The gaffer saw that one of the ways through them was through the wing, and I’m not a winger. James O’Connor was on, then he brought on Jermaine Johnson.

“You’re not going to play every game. I’ll take that on the chin. I’ve been knuckling down in training; hopefully I’ll keep my place and get back into it, and get back to winning ways.

“We had a good cup run when I was at Bristol. Since then I’ve gone out of pretty much every cup in the first round.

If we could get to the quarter-finals then. there’s no reason why Sheffield Wednesday can’t do it as well.”

Lines has been chided by Megson for missing chances in recent games. “We don’t hope he’ll get goals, we expect them - it’s one of the reasons he was brought here,” says the team boss.

The midfield player said: “I’ve not really had too many chances; I’m playing a bit deeper.

“I think if we weren’t winning games it would be more of an issue. Me and the gaffer have a bit of banter in training. He’s always encouraging me to shoot.

If I get one goal, they will start coming.”