Ma­dine un­stop­pable af­ter striker heeds ad­vice from Meg­son

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Football sport - Richard Her­cock

AF­TER scor­ing nine goals in seven games, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day fans’ chant of ‘Gary Ma­dine, goal ma­chine’ is a pretty fair com­ment.

The former Carlisle United striker net­ted a brace for the third suc­ces­sive home game as Wed­nes­day beat Ex­eter to chalk up a sixth suc­ces­sive Hills­bor­ough tri­umph.

The 21-year-old is League One’s top scorer and reap­ing the re­wards of a pep talk last month from man­ager Gary Meg­son, who told his cen­tre for­ward to be more self­ish in front of goal.

“Gary Ma­dine was ter­rific,” en­thused Meg­son. “He can be any­thing he wants to be and the only thing that will stop him is him­self.

“His run­ning off the ball was first-class and so was his workrate, which is much higher than the first three games of the sea­son and he is get­ting his re­wards.”

The Owls strug­gled in the open­ing half hour, partly due to a dogged de­fen­sive dis­play from the vis­i­tors and whis­tle-happy ref­eree Dar­ren Drys­dale.

Daniel Nardello had a glo­ri­ous chance to put City in front but failed to get on the end of Matthew Which­e­low’s low cross.

Ex­eter were pun­ished by two Owls goals in four min­utes. Rob Jones’s header was not cleared and James O’con­nor forced the ball home from close-range.

Then Ma­dine nod­ded in from a sim­i­lar dis­tance af­ter Ben Mar­shall nipped in af­ter a de­fen­sive mix-up.

The re­sult was never in doubt yet the Owls only had Ma­dine’s penalty to add to their tally af­ter he had been brought down.

The sec­ond-half ap­pear­ance of fit-again Chris O’grady and Ryan Lowe means Meg­son has four strik­ers at his dis­posal, in­clud­ing loan for­ward David Mc­goldrick.

Clin­ton Mor­ri­son has joined MK Dons on an emer­gency loan. Sh­effield Wed­nes­day: By­wa­ter, Bux­ton, Jones, Batth, R John­son, Mar­shall (Palmer 89), O’con­nor, Semedo, Lines, Mc­goldrick (O’grady 73), Ma­dine (Lowe 88). Unused sub­sti­tutes: O’don­nell, Ben­nett Ex­eter City: Krysiak, Tully, Dunne, ArchibaldHenville (O’flynn 76), Duffy, No­ble, Nardiello, Gol­bourne, Coles, Tay­lor (Ben­nett 76), Which­e­low (Buaza 58). Unused sub­sti­tutes: Pidge­ley, Jones. Ref­eree: D Drys­dale (Cambs). Man of the match: Gary Ma­dine.

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