Megson blasts defending

Owls boss critical of defending following cup exit

Megson: Critical

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Gary Megson did not pull any punches after seeing his Sheffield Wednesday side crash out of the FA Cup against Birmingham City.

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The Owls suffered a slow start at St Andrews and were two goals down with just 17 minutes on the clock.

Jean Beausejour opened the scoring with Obafemi Martins doubling Blues' tally with his first goal for the club following his Rubin Kazan loan.

Megson was left fuming at his side's inability to challenge for the ball adequately on the halfway line for City's opener, although he was even more disappointed with their second.

Martins won a 50-50 with Michael Morrison high up the field and the Nigerian marksman was free to run at Nicky Weaver and slot home having got the better of the Owls defender.

Megson was pleased with the towering performance from defender Reda Johnson at the back and the performance off the bench from Liam Palmer, but there were more negatives than positives.

Woeful

"Woeful doesn't describe it adequately," said Megson. "The simplicity of the goals shouldn't happen like that.

"If someone scores a worldy against you or a lucky one then there's not a huge amount you can do.

"The first goal was an awful goal to give away. It starts on the halfway line. A ball that we should clear and be a lot stronger with we just dangle a foot in, chip it in to Martins or Jerome, I'm not sure and the next time we're touching the ball it's in the back of our net.

"The second goal was even worse. I've never seen a challenge that's got to be made by a centre-half and won by a centre-forward. It just doesn't happen.

"I shouldn't be in a position where after 16 minutes I was prepared to change it.

"Every substitution was tactical. Young Liam Palmer we chucked on, you think 'Is it the right time to throw him in because of the situation we're in?' But he was head and shoulders above most others.

"Reda Johnson in the game I saw him play in against MK Dons I thought he looked an absolute bomb scare, but since then he's been terrific. His performance today was much better than anyone else. He did ever so well.

"Second half we relaxed and passed the ball a little better. Right the way through the game we got into encouraging positions. Birmingham in similar positions would have taken more chances then we did.

"We've got to make sure we're a lot tougher defensively with more penetration when we've got the ball."