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Preview: Barnsley v Owls

Brian Laws will be exhorting his Wednesday squad to ignore takeover rumour and innuendo and concentrate on football, in an effort to continue the good work of recent weeks and once again push on out of the relegation positions.

Solid at home, Barnsley will be a tough proposition as local rivalries resurface and their attention returns to the League after FA Cup success. What is sure to be a large travelling support will make its voice heard and try to tip the scales in the Owls favour.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws told : 'Barnsley have had a super season and have done fantastically well in the FA Cup. Their thoughts will be solely on the derby match, but I just believe their players could drift away about the Chelsea match coming up. Maybe if they take their eyes off the ball it will give us an extra chance.'

Lewin Nyatanga told : 'As a team we believe that we really should be a lot higher up the table but the league does not lie and we have not been consistent, particularly away from Oakwell. We know that if we play to our ability on Saturday than we have players in our team who can win the game'.

Barnsley boss Simon Davey told : 'We have to make sure the players get their rest and recuperation in but we are right back at it and focussed on Sheffield Wednesday. We have two big games coming up this week and there will be no talk of the cup game until after then. I am sick of it at the moment and we have more important things to focus on.'

Barnsley Team News:

Barnsley will go into the game without the crocked Anderson de Silva but will have Michael Coulson, Daniel Nardiello and Rob Kozluk returning. Dennis Souza is suspended.

Player to watch: Luke Steele

The FA Cup's Player of the Round for the 5th round of matches goes into this game with tremendous confidence and accolades from Barnsley fans and management alike. His super saves sent Liverpool out.. let's hope he'll be tested on Saturday.

Wednesday Team News:

Adding further to the Owls injury woe, Lee Bullen will be out for four weeks due to a hamstring tear. Tommy Spurr should return to the back four after illness, with Hinds in for Bullen. Flying winger Jermaine Johnson serves a ban after his fifth booking with Burton O'Brien hopeful of replacing him. Up front, it should be two from three of Tudgay, Showunmi and Sahar, assuming Enoch has recovered from his knock last week.

Player to watch: Richard Wood

No coincidence that Woody's return to the side means the Owls are much more secure in front of goal, with clean sheets vs. Charlton and Cardiff. Keep up the good work!

Match Facts & Stats

Form Guide:

Wednesday: W-L-L-L-D-W

Barnsley: W-L-W-L-L-D

Last time out:

Wednesday 1 Barnsley 0

Akpo Sodje's second half strike was the difference between the teams in a tight game at Hillsborough on November 27th.

Previous line ups:

Barnsley: Steele, Foster, Nyatanga, Souza, Van Homoet, Campbell-Ryce, Hassell, Howard, Devaney (Leon 68), Macken, Ferenczi (Odejayi 60). Subs Not Used: Togwell, Ricketts, Potter.

Sheff Wed: Grant, Bullen (Hinds 26), Gilbert, Beevers, Wood, Kavanagh, Johnson (Sahar 73), Small, Bolder, Showunmi (Burton 86), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: O'Brien, Wallwork.

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The Journalist

Writer: Auckland Owl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 29 2008

Time: 1:40AM

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if we are up for it in a virtually home crowd can see us getting something out of this. UP THE OWLS
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29/02/2008 09:19:00

Going to be a toughie this one. They have only lost 2 home games all season, but lets hope that the cup game against Chelski takes their mind off this game!! 2-1 to the mighty Owls!!
will it ever happen
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29/02/2008 10:55:00

the stock exchange has just been notified of an impending takeover!!!!!!!!! c'mon!
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29/02/2008 11:03:00

how do you know that mansfield?
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29/02/2008 11:21:00 check it out its the sheffield star
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29/02/2008 11:27:00

me excited
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29/02/2008 11:28:00
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29/02/2008 11:49:00

I can just see it now, singing Akpooooo Sodjeeeee, Akpo Sodjeeeeee in the away leg of a champions league semi final againts AC Milan.
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29/02/2008 14:27:00

Big game saturday before we get exicited about the champions league just yet. I can see us getting something from this game, they will have to have one eye on Chelsea, Brian Howard misses the game if he gets a yellow so hopefully he won't be flying into challenges.
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29/02/2008 14:34:00

2-0 tomorra, i'l be there!! iv gt a feelin this takeovers not gonna happen coz of wednesdayite.
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29/02/2008 16:36:00

f***king micheal johnsons signed for sodding notts county.... NOTTS COUNTY! summat wrong there!
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29/02/2008 16:44:00

i cant believe that. thats a r8 signing 4 notts county
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29/02/2008 17:01:00

Not bothered about that. Dont really need him so ne big loss for me!!
will it ever happen
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29/02/2008 17:28:00

laws has got to get the boys really fired up for this, we're in the bottom 3 and need the points, would like to think we've got wot it takes but i've been there so many times of late, gonna be positive and go for a 2-0 win, come on wednesday!!!
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29/02/2008 17:36:00

I hope they do it for all the pain they caused the fans at the start of the season. 6 games losing streak was a disgrace.
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01/03/2008 01:08:00

there only coming to see the WEDNESDAY. its the dingles day out of the year.
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01/03/2008 01:12:00

allan shearer to manage owls if mr owlskii takes over;
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01/03/2008 01:38:00

If is true I can sorta see why they want a higher profile name as a manager, mainlry to attrack higher calibre of talent with the 250mill over 5 years, but I really would hate to see Laws have to leave the club this way. Hes a solid manager, talks sense can motivate a team and get them playin good attacking football and I feel he is the right man to take owls forward in the sense of club management on a whole and tactical dissisions, as we all know the only reason Laws hasnt done much in the way of league form is the lack of financial backing. Shearer is a bigger name but he is is unproven as a manager and feel he would only be an any use to us to attrack the big names. Sorry but Thanks but no thanks. UP THE OWLS !!
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01/03/2008 10:11:00

its bloody hard not to get excited though, all this suspense is killing me
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01/03/2008 11:21:00

if they come and sack laws ill want them straight out he still need a fair crack to see wat he can do and they best have interest in wednesdsay n not stupid big names who and just making money
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01/03/2008 13:35:00

oh forget to say come onwednesday lets slaughter them dingles
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01/03/2008 13:37:00

they are on form recently although we got 0-0 from them maybe you can upset
ozanne park rangers
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02/03/2008 05:53:00

well that were a game NOT to remember
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02/03/2008 11:46:00


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