Owls: Spurred on by the axe, says Mark Reynolds

Worked hard: Mark Reynolds.
Worked hard: Mark Reynolds.

MARK Reynolds has told how he took the axe from Gary Megson in his stride and accepted that he must fight to earn his Wednesday place, writes Paul Thompson.

The defender, a £100,000 signing by Alan Irvine in January, was dropped by Megson from the match 18 for five games after the FA Cup defeat at Birmingham where the manager scathingly criticised his team’s defending.

“That’s football; you need to get on with it; we hadn’t been winning,” the former Motherwell left-back told The Star.

“You’ve been brought in to get the team winning and on track. That wasn’t happening.

“The gaffer obviously felt there were players in training who were showing a bit more. All I could do was get my head down and work hard.”

Reynolds was recalled for the Peterborough game last week, and gave an improved performance that was acknowledged by Megson.

The defender added: “It’s such a strong squad that everybody is being kept on their toes. You don’t know what’s going to happen from one week to the next.

“All you can do is to take your chance, show you deserve the jersey and try to keep your place in the team.”

Reynolds feels that his form has got better: “It takes a bit of time to settle. It’s hard coming in when the team’s not winning. You have be professional and keep working away.”

He also says that players have not begrudged Megson criticisms after poor performances: “If he’s given you a tongue-lashing, it’s because you deserve one. He knows what he wants and it’s up to us to provide it.”