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Wednesday vs. QPR

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, March 8


Preview: Owls v QPR

Wednesday need to start winning - and fast.

It may be a bit of a cliche, but the Owls' remaining fixtures really are 'cup finals', and Owls boss Brian Laws will need to go out fighting for all three points in each one, especially the home matches, starting against a new-look QPR at the weekend.

There was a point this season where Wednesday would have been looking at the clash with Loftus Road club expecting three points, but with the recent cash injection, the R's have become a force to be reckoned with in the Championship - proven in their demolition of league leaders Stoke at the weekend.

But now there can be no excuses, Wednesday need three points on Saturday if they're to have a chance of avoiding the drop to League One this season.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws told the Sheffield Star:

'We could sulk for days and use the referee as an excuse - or we have to move on. We have moved on.

'I don't want us to dwell on this game. I want us to concentrate on the next one and make sure we get ourselves ready for QPR.'

Wednesday Team News:

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adam Bolder, on loan at Wednesday, will be suspended for the visit as he sits out the first of his two-game suspension following his tenth yellow card of the season against Barnsley at the weekend.

Jermaine Johnson will also be missing for Wednesday after his sending-off against WBA which could see him out for up to four games, but Wade Small is expected to return to take his place on the wing.

Ben Sahar could be given the nod for the Owls in attack after starting his first three matches on the bench, with Enoch Showunmi the man likely to miss out should the Chelsea youngster get the start.

And Owls' boss Brian Laws is also hopeful of adding a new loan winger to his squad ahead of the match.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

Goals have dried up for Wednesday recently, with the only ones coming from the former Derby marksman, who has been one of the few showing any effort in a blue and white shirt recently.

QPR Team News:

QPR aren't safe from the drop themselves and will be looking to ease their relegation fears against their drop rivals on Saturday.

Player to watch: Patrick Agyemang

The former Preston North End hitman has always been a handful for most Championship defenders and it will be no different for Wednesday defenders Mark Beevers and Richard Wood on Saturday.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 25
QPR wins: 17
Draws: 13

Last Time Out:

QPR 0-0 Wednesday

Loftus Road, 24/11/07

Both sides created their fair share of chances in an entertaining clash which didn't merit the 0-0 scoreline.

Current Form:

Wednesday: L-D-W-D-L


Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Hinds, Beevers, Wood, Spurr, Kavanagh, O'Brien (Sahar 68), Johnson, Bolder, Showunmi, Tudgay. Subs Not Used: Burch, Burton, McAllister, Wallwork.

QPR: Camp, Mancienne, Hall, Connolly, Delaney, Buzsaky, Leigertwood, Rowlands (Ainsworth 90), Ephraim, Agyemang (Blackstock 85), Vine. Subs Not Used: Pickens, Barker, Stewart.

Next Fixtures:

v Colchester United (A) - 11/03/08

v Coventry City (A) - 15/03/08

v Crystal Palace (H) - 22/03/08

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 6 2008

Time: 11:23AM

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Nice work, Agyemang hasn't scored in a few games, and I couldn't keep giving him the dangerman tag! Think you may have a few problems with Hogan, you'd better have good full backs!
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07/03/2008 12:48:00

Hulk Hogan is too old, we'll be fine
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07/03/2008 14:10:00

this a must 3points. no excuses no hiding no nothing 3points must be got 2mora by hook or by crook
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07/03/2008 14:48:00

3 POINTS or we are as good as gone. 3 points or laws HAS to go. 3 points or bye bye to the russians. 3 points or hello admimistration. 3 points, im sure u will agree, are quite important.
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07/03/2008 15:06:00

need 3 points then???
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07/03/2008 15:14:00

looks like it then heres a start 3points needed please
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07/03/2008 15:18:00

could do with with 20 really....
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07/03/2008 15:33:00

who have coventry got?
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07/03/2008 15:34:00

norwich at home
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07/03/2008 15:40:00

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07/03/2008 16:01:00

We'll be hoping to do you a favor on Saturday. No way I want you to go down, would be a huge shame.
Candid NCFC
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07/03/2008 17:16:00

So ur sayin laws HAS to go if we don't win! Shut up!!
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07/03/2008 17:20:00

it's not just the three points, it's the confidence of a good performance and hopefully a run of games going our way that will see us climb, lady luck has done a runner and we gotta get her back pdq, would like to see sahar start and songoo supplying him, kav get your finger out and we should be in with a shout.
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07/03/2008 17:23:00

The performance can be as bad as it want's for me as long as we get the three points. Lose this and the teams above us win, thats it we are doomed!
will it ever happen
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07/03/2008 17:26:00

sorry wieh but the performance is key, we can only scratch for points for sor so long, plus it ain't gettin us anywhere, we saw what the win against the piggies did for us and although it was short term the boost for players and fans was massive, lets see us playing like we mean business and with a little bit of luck we can deffo get out of this mess, got to part with showumni, just not good enough!
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07/03/2008 19:38:00

You lot can keep Adam Bolder but Sahar we'll have back anyday. Enjoy the experience of hosting the richest club in the WORLD on Saturday, nevertheless, League One football next season might not be that bad after all!!
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07/03/2008 20:20:00

benowl yes i am saying that, if we lose and coventry win we could be 7 points of safety!!! if we get relegated there will be NO investment, we Will go into administration and we will never get back. act now.... we have no choice. every team has a upturn in form when a manager leaves, even if it is only temporary, fringe players see the chance to impress a new man, current 1st team squad players have to up there game to impress, we cannot go down because of showing blind loyalty to laws. dont get me wrong i have nothing against him i bet hes a top bloke but he has proved he isnt the man for this job
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07/03/2008 20:43:00

tricky game for wendy tommorrow and dont forget whos got coventry on tuesday night. if we win tommorrow tuesday could possibly a game we could chuck - lol. for the record i honnestly don't think you will go down - if you go a takeover will not happen.
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07/03/2008 20:46:00

YOU BEING NICE PIGGYFORLIFE1889 no am not having that
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07/03/2008 20:53:00

ok micky ill got back to my anti wendy attitude. lucky lucky wendy won't go down though i'm telling you!!
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07/03/2008 21:15:00

Should be getting some serious points on the board when you look at the upcoming fixtures. None of them too bad. Next real tough one is Stoke. If we're within 3 points of safety come April, I think our two games in hand will save us. If more than that away, it's going to be a tough task. 4 points from QPR & Colchester won't be too bad if other results go our way.
Disgruntled Owl
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07/03/2008 21:21:00

heard that onw before too PFL1889.
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08/03/2008 00:12:00

ANYHOW BACK TO THE PROPER CONVERSATION. hard game satdi but if we get the rub of the green we didnt get tuesday we will be fine
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08/03/2008 00:13:00

we'll beat you 2-1 with akos buzsaky and big dave netting our two and qpr player bolder netting yours
ozanne park rangers
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08/03/2008 05:12:00

you not up to date with rules then ozanne??? bolder carnt play for two reasons one hes suspended and more importantly he carnt play against the club he has been loaned from. 3-0 to the wednesday
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08/03/2008 06:50:00

micky - noticed you are leaving a few insults on other sites as of late - why you insulting barnsley on their own site for no reason taunting then and calling them names? is it because you are jealous of little barnsley now? just wondered mate as you propper chuck ya toys out when anyone comes on here. so typical of wendys fans - i rest my case. COME ON QPR send em down no other set of fans deserves it better!!
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08/03/2008 10:01:00

I have a question here. How utterly devoid of social life must you be to post on your football teams rival website. The day I have enough spare time to go onto a Sheff Utd website and post annoying comments, is the day I realise my life has hit rock bottom.
Disgruntled Owl
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08/03/2008 11:21:00

anyone seen this guy songo'o before? guess he'll be straight into team. hope ben sahar starts. is wallwork in for bolder? 2-1 wednesday
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08/03/2008 11:39:00

i'd be happy if the piggies just stayed off ours, get a life or some mates
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08/03/2008 12:26:00

disgruntled owl - your fellow piggy friend are always on our site so im just repaying the compliment. do you think you guys can post abuse on everyones elses site but as soon as someone does the same to you guys so snort like little swines you are. why is that?
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08/03/2008 13:22:00

ill leave for now can see the pig snouts are starting to twitch again!!
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08/03/2008 13:23:00

I think any Owls fan who goes onto Blades website and posts is pretty sad too. I remember a few years ago, I went to a local pub to watch Wednesday play and it was full of United fans who'd gone to the pub to watch the match just so they could hope we lose. I'll always support Wednesday and I'll always hate United but I won't waste my time going out of my way to hate United because I've got better things to do.
Disgruntled Owl
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09/03/2008 14:27:00


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