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Date:06/03/10
Venue:Hillsborough
Attendance:21,647
Referee:P Gibbs

As Alan Irvine has stated in his pre-match interview, Wednesday “Desperately needed to bounce back”, and that’s exactly what they did!

Wednesday started off in a positive mood, looking to correct mistakes from last week’s drubbing at Reading and to try beat one of the form teams in the league, Leicester City, who before the game were lying in fifth position. But, as we all know, that Manager Of The Month Is Cursed! February’s winner? Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, maybe we could pick up a win?!

After just a minute, Leon Clarke stung the fingers of keeper Chris Weale, who parried excellently. But just 5 minutes later, a Darren Purse free-kick fell to impressive Tommy Miller who poked the ball to out of form Leon Clarke, who powerfully struck the ball into the top corner from roughly 8 yards out, 1-0 Wednesday and a great start for the Owls!

Leicester keeper Chris Weale had to be taken off after what seemed to be a small cut on his nose, Foxes Boss Nigel Pearson described the injury as being something that an outfield player could have received treatment for pitchside, but as Weale was playing in the net, he had to be taken off.

On the Sheffield Wednesday Official Website this week, goalkeeper Lee Grant stated that he was keen to keep a clean sheet in the encounter with Leicester. Proving that your the best keeper in the league is quite hard, but Wednesday’s keeper took it upon himself to keep Wednesday in the game when Leicester looked like bringing the scores level. Leicester striker Martin Waghorn perfectly volleyed into the bottom corner, but there was Wednesday legend Lee Grant to throw himself across his net to scoop out the ball and tip it round the post for a corner, one of the best saves of the season!

It would stay 1-0 till half time, Wednesday had built on a superb opening goal to get through to the interval.

HALF TIME: SWFC 1-0 Leicester

After the interval, recently concussed Tommy Spurr had left the field to be taken to hospital to be checked over, American Call-Up Frankie Simek replaced the youngster

On 61 minutes, Wednesday broke with Jermaine Johnson on the right wing, he found space and put in an inch perfect cross for Leon Clarke who tapped in from 4 yards out, Wednesday 2-0 up!

Leicester never really looked like getting back into the game until Dyer found space in the box one on one with Wednesday Keeper Lee Grant, Dyer powerfully shot but Grant was up to the task and saved very well, another top class save from the ex-derby man.

That was the last real talking point in the game, although Wednesday did come close with Tommy Miller and Marcus Tudgay near the end.

A good win for Wednesday who are rather unpredictable at the minute, West Brom on tuesday night, will be a massive test, a point would be fantastic there!

UTO

Owls: Grant, Nolan, Purse, Beevers, Purse, Spurr (Simek 46), O’Connor, Potter, Johnson (Varney 69), Clarke (Soares 82) Tudgay

Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Gray, McAllister, Jeffers

Leicester: Weale (Logan 31), Morrison, Brown, Oakley, King, Dyer, Berner (Howard 69), Waghorn, Wellens (Kermorgant 69), Gallagher, Hobbs

Unused substitutes: Logan, Solano, Adams, N’Guessan, Bruce

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In recent weeks, Wednesday have been pretty awful. Last week’s 5-0 away loss to Reading not only disappointed fans but made them feel that now relegation was a real possibility for Wednesday. If the Owls wish to get themselves out of the Relegation Zone and stay in the Championship, the home games will be key for the Owls, starting today against flying Leicester City.

While Wednesday were getting battered at Reading last week, Leicester were enjoying a fine 3-0 home victory over fellow promotion contenders Nottingham Forest (who recently beat the Owls at the County Ground)..

Although it all seems to be gloom and doom for Wednesday at the moment, influential Captain Darren Purse who was recently voted as the Owls player of the month, is back in contention to return to the Squad. Wednesday seem to have been poor since he picked up his injury. Winger/Striker Jermaine Johnson also came through training unscathed like Purse, and is also expected to be involved in the set-up a few roughly 2 months out on the sideline with a hamstring injury picked up in Wednesday’s 2-1 away win at Blackpool in January. Injury-Prone Francis Jeffers is also back in contention to make a feature in the squad after also coming back into full training with Wednesday, hopefully Jeffers can hit a bit of form under the new guidance of Boss Alan Irvine. Winger Tommy Miller has also reported to have been back to full fitness, so also Miller could feature in the crucial encounter too.

Wednesday will be entertaining roughly 20,000 fans today, with over 2,500 fans coming up from the Midlands, hopefully Wednesday can send them home unhappy!

Good luck to the squad, we could really do with a win today boys!

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Last Saturday’s 5-0 hammering to Reading made the Championship league table look very bleak for the Owls, as they slipped back into the bottom 3.

A horrendous display at the Madejski stadium left the Owls faithful booing and screaming abuse at the players on the final whistle. How much more can we take? Do Wednesday need a miracle?

Well, after 5 games played in February, Wednesday have lost 4. This coming on the back of a fantastic month in January, a period where boss Alan Irvine claimed the manager of the month award. I suppose the curse of that award really does exist!

Wednesday certainly do need to get a shift on now. Irvine is still adament that the Owls need 6 wins from 13. I personally believe that the points survival total will be slightly lower this season, with Peterborough already looking like a team destined for league One. I believe that 4 wins and a few draws would be enough but the big question is, WHERE ARE THESE WINS GOING TO COME FROM?

Well, Out of the remaining 13, Wednesday face 7 away trips, including 3 out of the next 4! However, I feel it will be the HOME games that decide the Owls’ championship future. Leicester, Derby, Watford, Bristol City, Crystal Palace and not forgetting our neighbours the Blades, all have to visit S6 before the end of the campaign. Win those games and we are safe, but it’s not as easy as that…

All those teams still have something to play for! and with away trips to Middlesborough, Swansea, West Brom and Cardiff coming up, it’s going to be a tough ask for Wednesday.

The Owls need to start picking up points, and FAST!

This is going to be yet another short post, something which has started to become a normality for match reports

With yet another fantastic following down to Reading, what was given back from the players was something that made the fans and club look embarrassing!

The final score flattered Wednesday in all honesty, even though Wednesday had played ok in the moments leading up to Reading’s first goal, but after that went in, Wednesday simply caved in!

Leicester on Saturday, we need to try pick something up from that, then it’s 3 away matches in the space of a week for Wednesday!

Being a true Wednesday fan requires everyone to get behind the players at these times!

According to Owls Boss Alan Irvine, Jermaine Johnson and furthermore Franny Jeffers are back in challenging for a spot in the squad ahead of Wednesday’s crucial 6-pointer with Reading on Saturday. Speaking to ‘Wednesday Player’, Irvine exclusively spoke of his delight as he welcomed back more excitedly Jermaine Johnson.

It’ll be a massive boost for the Wednesday squad having such an influential player in Johnson back with the team. Before his injury, he was quite possibly the best performed player against Barnsley and then in the first 20 minutes in which he played against Blackpool.

The return of Franny Jeffers may anger a few fans, but maybe a new manager may spark a revival for the scouse forward. We’ll keep you updated on team news closer to the day!

Good luck to the team as they travel to Reading, hopefully 3 points can be brought home? Comment below and give us your predictions!

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Wednesday travel to the Madejski Stadium this Saturday, for a crucial battle at the bottom encounter against Reading. Reading go into the game on the back of their 3-2 FA Cup win over West Brom and will be looking to build on that positive result. The Owls are struggling at the moment with 4 defeats in the last 6 games.

Reading striker Shane Long will sit out the game, as he serves the final game of his 4 match ban. Fellow young forward Simon Church will again be in the squad after shaking off a toe problem last week.

Czech international Marek Matejovski returned to the Reading bench in midweek after a lengthy absense, and should again be in contention.

Winger Jobi McAnuff is suspended following his bizarre sending off on Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s long list of absentees include Jermaine Johnson, Tommy Miller and Lewis Buxton. Last week, captain Darren Purse was also added to the list and is expected to be out for around 3 weeks. Francis Jeffers is nearing his comeback from a hamstring problem and could make the bench against Reading.

New loan signing Eddie Nolan is in contention to make his Owls debut after being on the Bench in last weeks defeat to Ipswich.

Current Form (championship home and away)

Reading: LWWWWL

Wednesday: LWLWLL

Reading HOME form: DDWWWD

Wednesday AWAY form: LLWWLL

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The former Barnsley and Sheffield United man is in good form this season for the royals, and was on target against West Brom on Wednesday night, scoring in the 93rd minute to send the FA Cup tie into extra-time.

The creative midfielder has chipped in with 3 goals in 18 starts for the Royals this season and will no doubt be wanting to get one over on Wednesday this weekend, considering his previous South Yorkshire links with the Blades and Barnsley.

Other players to watch out for are strikers Grzegorz Rasiak and Simon Church. Rasiak almost joined Wednesday a few seasons ago, when he was linked with a £2m switch. Church is a young Welsh international and has been on target 6 times for Reading this campaign.

Grant Hegley will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s game.

He will be supported by his assistants Gary Jerden and Eric Mackrell.

Wes Linden is the forth official.

OwlsNews Predicts…

READING 11 WEDNESDAY

Sheffield Wednesday v Reading – 11/01/2003 – Hillsborough – Att. 17,715

Wednesday got off to the worst possible start in this game, trailing 2-0 after just 19 minutes. First Nicky Forster and then Martin Butler on the scoresheet for the Royals.

Reading were totally dominant in the first half, And went into the break with a 2 goal lead.

However, in the second half, it was a different story. Alan Quinn pulled one back for the owls, firing Shefki Kuqi’s knock down into the top left hand corner of the goal.

On 69 minutes, Wednesday were level. Lanky dutch forward Gerald Sibon rifeling in from 25 yards, past Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

Wednesday were on top now and completed their miraculous comeback just 2 minutes later. Allan Johnston raced onto a through ball to lob goalkeeper Hanhemann, and put the Owls 3-2 ahead with just 19 minutes to go.

Wednesday introduced striker’s Leon Knight and Michele Di Piedi in order to slow the game down, as Reading pressed desperately for the equaliser.

But Wednesday hung on for what looked an unlikely win at half-time, to claim a vital 3 points.

Wednesday:

Kevin Pressman
Tony Crane
Ashley Westwood
Derek Geary
Garry Monk
Trond Egil Soltvedt
Alan Quinn
Ryan Green
Allan Johnston
Gerald Sibon
Shefki Kuqi
Substitutes :
Leon Knight
Paul Evans
Steven Haslam
Danny Maddix
Michele Di Piedi

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It was a game of mixed feelings for Owls striker Akpo Sodje last night. Sodje, who is on loan at league one side Charlton Athletic until the end of the season, was on target at the valley in their game against Brighton. However Sodje’s strike was too little too late for the addicks, as they slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat.

Sodje started the game on the Charlton bench, but came on after 31 minutes after another ex-owl, Deon Burton, picked up an injury.

Akpo has now scored 3 goals in 12 games for Charlton this season, in his 2 loan spells with the club.