THE season is now underway and we couldn’t have asked for a better start.
Three points and a clean sheet against Rochdale on Saturday was exactly what Gary Megson and the team needed to kick off their League One campaign.
What was just as pleasing as the result was the performance.
The defence, which leaked goals last year, looked solid and confident and kept a clean sheet.
The midfield looked exciting with David Prutton and Julian Bennett settling in well and showing the flare that was often lacking in games last season.
Bennett’s long throw is a useful weapon and it was that led to the first goal, when he planted the ball perfectly for Rob Jones to head home.
Prutton showed the threat he can bring from midfield and his scoring capabilities when he fired in a brilliant goal infront of the Kop during the second half.
The winning start continued, though not in the same fashion, against Blackpool in the Carling Cup.
It was nice to see Megson give the youngsters a chance to play against decent opposition. Although the performance was less than impressive, the result was all that matters.
The only feature lacking in both games was the threat from upfront, with Gary Madine and Clinton Morrision not looking like scoring in either game.
This will hopefully be rectified after Megson’s signings this week.
Rochdale’s Chris O’Grady signed on a three-year deal, with Megson’s persistence paying off - securing the player on the fourth attempt.
Bristol Rovers midfielder Chris Lines is also on his way to Hillsborough, after signing for the Owls in a deal worth £50,000.
A surprise was the the loan signing of striker Danny Uchechi from Nigerian club Dender, until January. He was thrown straight into the side against Blackpool but didn’t really have much chance to impress.
Despite all the newcomers, Megson said he is still on the lookout for another striker and midfielder to strengthen his squad so the shopping spree looks set to continue.
But it’s just the first week of the season and we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves.
We’ve had the best start possible, but we are bound to face tougher opposition over the course of the season. However, the signs are good and with the squad strengthening quickly, things can only get better.
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