Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Who Are Yer?: Preston

Who Are Yer?: Preston

Vital Sheffield Wednesday talks to Preston fan Grant about his side's promotion aspirations, David Nugent and more ahead of our clash with North End this weekend.


1. You've had a great season, how confident are you of promotion?

Our forms taken a bit of a dip lately and the defeat against Colchester didn't help but I still think we can snatch a top 2 spot. Birmingham and Derby have spent loads to get where they are and have some top players so it's going to be tough, but the way we've been playing we can catch them. I don't really fancy having another go at the play-offs again! Although it has to be our time at some point surely?

2. How good is Paul Simpson?

I have to say that I had my doubts about him when we got him after the success Billy (spit) Davies had with us. It was a tough act to follow but if anything he's done better than Davies and has performed way above expectations. I think the key is he hasn't changed it too much, he's just added bits here and there and it seems to have worked really well. Seems to have a great bond with the players too which is probably why Nugent is still here.

3. Have there been any comings or going in the January window?

Certainly has. We've just signed Brighton keeper Wayne Henderson and Gambia captain Seyfo Soley. Have to say that I know absolutely nothing about these players to judge them at the moment but I'm confident in Simpson and look forward to seeing them play. Probably the best deal over January was that we managed to keep hold of Nugent. He'll be like a top signing for us and we can now concentrate on going the rest of the season with him leading our attack.

4. Who are your key men?

David Nugent is the obvious choice. He doesn't get bag fulls of goals each season but he is a massive loss when he isn't in the team. He's an 'intelligent' footballer and his link play between the attack and midfield is superb. Can also score the odd screamer like I'm sure you saw at the weekend! Simon Whaley also runs him close on the right wing, bags of pace and skill and I think he'll start against you on Saturday.

5. Any weaknesses?

Playing away from Deepdale! We seem to be unstoppable at home but we often come unstuck away like we did at Colchester on Tuesday night. Will be tough going to Hillsborough as Laws seems to have got you playing decent football so I'm wary of another slip-up at the weekend.

6. What do you make of our chances for promotion this season?

I'm not sure you'll make it this season but Laws has shown that you have enough to give it a go next season. If you'd have got off to a decent start you may have been further up the table so it seems the change came a bit too late. It's been a tight league this season but I think it's starting to take shape now and I expect five of the current top six to stay there so it's just up to the other club. Maybe you still have a slim chance, but hopefully not after Saturday ;)

7. What's your most memorable Owls v PNE match?

I'll always remember the first time I came to Hillsborough and I think we beat you 3-1. We'd just come up and I think you just come down from the Premiership and it was my first time at a big ground. Great goal from your player I remember but we ran out 3-1 winners. Three goals in the second half from Alexander Anderson and an own goal! Great support from North End and a proper day out!

8. What do you think the score will be?

I'm not one to make predictions, partly because I'm rubbish and partly because I don't want to put the kiss of death on us if I predict a North End win! I think it will be a close match in terms of chances and it should be a good game.

Good luck for the rest of the season, Grant.


Cheers Grant! Good luck to you, too. You've had enough chances to go up and hopefully you will do this season.

NEXT UP - Burnley...

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday February 1 2007
Time: 11:00AM


Lets hope their away form isn't top notch on Saturday!
01/02/2007 18:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Audio & Comments - Carlos Ahead Of Owls Trip To Derby County

Carlos comments on his side and much more ahead of the Owls trip to face Detby

Owls Defender Liam Palmer Extends Deal Plus Comments

Liam Palmer reacted to his new S6 deal keeping at his boyhood club until 2019

Vital Head2Head - Wednesday Vs Derby County

What's the two teams form like against each other?

Owls Boss Carlos Comments On His 'Complete Strike Force'

Carlos comments on the Owls impressive and rounded forwards

Archived Vital Wednesday Articles

Vital Wednesday articles from

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Greg Pursehouse
no email
Tom Sellers
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Outcome of Wednesday at Derby?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Wednesday Win0%
Derby Win0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 14 10 1 3 31 19
2 Brighton 14 8 4 2 28 9
3 Huddersfield 14 9 1 4 28 4
4 Norwich 14 8 3 3 27 7
5 Sheff Wed 14 7 3 4 24 1
6 Bristol City 14 7 2 5 23 6
7 Birmingham 14 6 5 3 23 3
8 Reading 14 6 4 4 22 -3
9 Preston 14 6 2 6 20 1
10 Leeds Utd 14 6 2 6 20 -1
11 Brentford 14 5 4 5 19 5
12 Barnsley 14 6 1 7 19 3
13 Q.P.R. 14 5 4 5 19 -3
14 Fulham 14 4 6 4 18 -2
15 Burton 14 4 5 5 17 0
16 Aston Villa 14 3 8 3 17 0
17 Ipswich 14 4 5 5 17 -2
18 Wolves 14 4 4 6 16 -1
19 Forest 14 4 3 7 15 -3
20 Cardiff 14 4 3 7 15 -9
21 Derby County 14 3 5 6 14 -4
22 Blackburn 14 3 3 8 12 -8
23 Wigan 14 2 5 7 11 -3
24 Rotherham 14 1 3 10 6 -19
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Fulham (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

Write for Vital Football