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Wednesday vs. Charlton Athletic

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Tuesday, February 12


Preview: Owls v Charlton

Wednesday boss Brian Laws will be looking for an instant response from his troops as they look to climb out of the Championship drop zone with three points against Charlton Athletic.

Laws watched his side fall to another lacklustre defeat at the hands of play-off hopefuls Bristol City at the weekend, putting them in the bottom three with Preston find their way out thanks to their improved form.

The Owls sped in to a 2-0 lead in the return fixture at the Valley, but spectacularly collapsed to a 3-1 defeat earlier in the season.

And Laws and company will need a more solid display from their troops on Tuesday night if they're to brush aside Alan Pardew's promotion hunting Addicks.

Vital Quotes:

Lee Bullen told the Sheffield Star:

'The fans are going to be frustrated; we have to be big enough to want the ball.

'We have the players to do it. We have to believe we can do it. At the moment, we're not proving that. The league doesn't lie. We deserve to be where we are.

'But there are 16 games to go.

'There's no lack of effort; we're coming off the field tired. We're tentative; you take an extra second to make a decision and by the time you make it, it can be the wrong one.'

Greg Halford told the official CAFC site:

'If we can go on a five, six or seven-game unbeaten run, we'll be right up there and hopefully get that automatic promotion spot.

'They [Sheffield Wednesday] are fighting for their lives, and they'll be looking for the three points to get their fans behind them.

'I don't know too much about them, but although they've got some good footballers in their team I feel it could be a scrappy game.'

Wednesday Team News:

Enoch Showunmi will return to the Owls' fold after he was unavailable for selection against parent club Bristol City at the weekend.

Deon Burton is likely to get the chop in the Wednesday attack, allowing Showumni to partner Marcus Tudgay in attack, with Laws unlikely to get a new striker in before the clash.

Tommy Spurr is also likely to return at left-back, taking the place of Peter Gilbert, after the youngster was suspended for the trip to Ashton Gate.

Loan signing Adam Bolder is set to make his Hillsborough debut alongside Graham Kavanagh, while Wade Small could well continue on the right wing after Jermaine Johnson was given compassionate leave.

Centre-back Richard Wood could well return to the starting line-up after returning off the bench on Saturday following three months on the sidelines.

Player to watch: Adam Bolder

Loan signing Bolder is set to make his Hillsborough debut, and Owls fans will be keen to see if the QPR club captain can help steer the Owls in the right direction alongside Graham Kavanagh in the centre of midfield.

Charlton Athletic Team News:

Addicks boss Alan Pardew is unlikely to make any changes following Charlton's impressive performance against in-form Crystal Palace on Friday night.

Former Sheffield United man Andy Gray is likely to return to haunt Wednesday, partnering former Crewe man Luke Varney, who bagged two goals last weekend, in the Charlton attack.

Pardew bolstered his squad with loan signings Greg Halford and Lee Cook in January, but the latter is unlikely to be fit enough to feature on Tuesday night.

Player to watch: Andy Gray

The former Sheffield United striker is sure to be keen to get one over on his former rivals, and is sure to cause chaos in the Wednesday defence following his move to Charlton from Burnley recently.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 16
Charlton wins: 15
Draws: 9

Last Time Out:

Charlton 3-2 Wednesday

The Valley, Saturday 25 August 2007

Wednesday threw away a 2-0 advantage over the Addicks to fall to another defeat as they continued their losing start to the season. Tommy Spurr and Burton O'Brien bagged the Wednesday goal before strikes from Andy Reid and a Chris Iwelumo double sealed it for the hosts.

Form Guide:

Wednesday: L-L-L-D-W

Charlton: W-L-W-D-D

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Bullen, Hinds (Wood 85), Beevers, Gilbert, Small, Kavanagh, Bolder, O'Brien (McAllister 46), Tudgay (Boden 82), Burton. Subs Not Used: Burch, Wallwork.

Charlton: Weaver, Halford, Bougherra, McCarthy, Youga, Sam, Zhi, Holland, Ambrose (Semedo 84), Gray (Iwelumo 84), Varney (McLeod 90). Subs Not Used: Elliot, Basey.

Next Fixtures:

v Coventry City (H) - 19/02/08

v Cardiff City (H) - 23/02/08

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 11 2008

Time: 9:44PM

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This is a must win game, all the players have got to pull together and start giving this club something back, i can't believe the position we are in, tonight i feel the fans may turn if we don't see 110% minimum
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12/02/2008 12:09:00

dbblue i agree.... im on the verge now...... we need a change, how long will it take people to realise this isnt working? when we are languishing in league 1 again?
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12/02/2008 12:34:00

is it just me or is anyone else lookin forward to seein madjid chargin out of defence in a straight line?? used to love that!! anyone remember wat happened wen we got that much needed win last season?? come on wednesday!!!!!!!!
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12/02/2008 13:02:00

don't forget we were beating these 2-0 on their own patch, we have the players but sadly we lack in strength and depth, our consistency is probably our greatest weakness with too many players not capable of 90 mins,
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12/02/2008 13:28:00

This si going to be an easy game for us and can see us scoring at least 5 tonight, so will go for a 5-0 victory for the mighty Owls.
will it ever happen
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12/02/2008 15:26:00

Haha love the optimism wieh, good to see Magic again, great, great player but lost all respect for him when he made the threats about not playing for us again, i don't condone booing ex players but he can be an exception to the rule for me! Still can't see past a charlton win sorry.
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12/02/2008 15:36:00

What's saying Magic scores tonight? But as my prediction says 5-0 to us it has to be dissalowed! Cant see past us, it will be another Southampton i think? No im sure of it!!
will it ever happen
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12/02/2008 15:45:00

carnt see past 3-1 to them. hope iam wrong but carnt see it
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12/02/2008 16:08:00

i'm with you wieh, we could get 5 but how many wil they get? i predict a high scoring game, that will warm the cockles off our freezin butts!
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12/02/2008 16:15:00

They are not going to score, trust me!! It will be 3-0 to us by half time and then score to goals late on!
will it ever happen
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12/02/2008 16:24:00

you on strongbow again lee
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12/02/2008 16:29:00

No mick, having a few week off!!
will it ever happen
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12/02/2008 16:50:00

I agree with the point that you'll be looking at our game at Colchester against Preston tonight. Just for one game we need Iwelumo to do us another good turn. Best of luck, but I hope you guys don't win as we need the points!
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12/02/2008 17:07:00

'I don't know too much about them, but although they've got some good footballers in their team I feel it could be a scrappy game.' (Greg Halford)...say he will be right.
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12/02/2008 18:57:00

Magic dropped from not just the starting 11, but the squad, no chance to boo him sadly..
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12/02/2008 20:43:00


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