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Coventry City vs. Wednesday

Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Saturday, March 15


Preview: Coventry v Owls

The 'relegation six pointers' are coming thick and fast for Wednesday, with another crucial clash against Coventry City on the cards on Saturday.

Wednesday are one of the form sides in the Championship of late, thanks to two consecutive wins which have seen the climb out of the bottom three.

The Sky Blues have also received a boost with the coming of Chris Coleman as manager following the sacking of Iain Dowie, and will be keen to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Sheffield United.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws told the official SWFC site:

'I will express to the players; don't you ever think that the pressure is off, it's more intense than ever.'

'The fact that we have got out of the bottom three doesn't mean we can take our foot off the gas. In fact, what we have got to do is work even harder because it is as hard to stay out of that bottom three as it is to get out of it in the first place.

'Lets hope we continue in the same vein. I have every confidence in the players, their attitudes have been first class, players are coming back into form.'

Chris Coleman told the official CCFC site:

'This is going to be an absolute monster game on Saturday for obvious reasons. It's a game I'm very much looking forward to, I love the big games, I did as a player and if you don't enjoy these games when the pressure is at its highest, and it will be, you're in the wrong game.

'We've got to keep doing what we're doing, we've improved immensely over the last three games and we have to keep that up.

'We've got to be mentally very tough. We're playing against a team who have just had a good run of results and they'll have done their homework on us.

'They will want to leave the Ricoh with something and we have to be prepared for whatever they throw at us. They might come and attack us from the start or they might sit back a bit and play for a point but we have to be ready for whatever and play the way we know we can.'

Coventry City Team News:

Coventry boss Coleman will be keeping a close check on his squad after his charges picked up a number of knocks in the defeat to the Blades in midweek.

But there will be one new face in his starting eleven at least with new loan signing Kasper Schmiechel set to make his debut between the sticks after arriving from Manchester City.

Former Owls loanee and target Leon Best will undergo a late fitness test alongside Stephen Hughes, Michael Mifsud and Scott Dann, but Coleman is confident all four will be fit and available.

Player to watch: Leon Best

The former Owls loanee will undergo a late fitness test but is likely to line-up against his former club - and will be desperate to continue his fine form to help fire the Sky Blues to an all-important three points.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Brian Laws is all set to name the same squad that picked up impressive victories over QPR and Colchester last week, with no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

Adam Bolder will be available for selection after serving a two-match ban, but Jermaine Johnson will still be on the sidelines as he sits out the third of his four-match ban following his sending off against West Brom.

Frank Simek, Steve Watson and Francis Jeffers all made appearances in the reserve team win over York in midweek, but Saturday's clash will prove too early for a return.

Player to watch: Deon Burton

The Owls hitman has been in indifferent form this season, but he return from the bench against QPR to bag the winning goal, and continued his form with a goal against Colchester in midweek. His performance alongside Marcus Tudgay could prove vital for the Owls on Saturday.

Match Facts & Stats

Current Form:

Coventry: L-W-D-L-L

Wednesday: W-W-L-D-W


Coventry wins: 29
Wednesday wins: 27
Draws: 20

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-1 Coventry

Saturday, April 21 2007

Marcus Tudgay and Steve Maclean grabbed the goals that helped Wednesday continue their fine form and give them a long-shot at the play-offs - Michael Mifsud responded for the Sky Blues.

Previous Line-Ups:

Coventry: Marshall, Dann, Ward, Osbourne, Fox, Tabb, Stephen Hughes, Doyle, Thornton, Mifsud, Best. Subs Not Used: Ireland, Hall, Andrews, Simpson, Gray.

Wednesday: Grant, Hinds, Beevers, Wood, Spurr, Songo'o (Showunmi 86), Kavanagh, McAllister, Small (O'Brien 90), Tudgay, Burton. Subs Not Used: Burch, Wallwork, Boden.

Next Fixtures:

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

v Stoke City (H) - 29/03/08

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 14 2008

Time: 12:51PM

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We must win this - but him indoors won't be talking to me for a few days if we do! Worth it...... I am a bit gutted that Kantstopalot is not going to be in goal for them.
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14/03/2008 12:58:00

"... or they might sit back a bit and play for a point." Yeah right! If the Blades can take them, we can take them! It will be good to have Bolder back in the squad. Maca looks VERY good in the midfield right now, but its good to know we have a couple of options.
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14/03/2008 13:03:00

point tomorrow i think. but would love all 3
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14/03/2008 15:06:00

got my ticket, train @ 8.53 be there 10.23, bevvied up by 2.23, singin at 3.23, hopefully celebratin 3 points at 5.23 out in cov by 8.23 n takin a bird back to my hotel at 2.23!! sounds like a good day to me
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14/03/2008 15:17:00

Sounds like a cracking weekend futures blue n white!! :)
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14/03/2008 15:57:00

this really is a BIGGIE!!!!!
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14/03/2008 16:39:00

2-1 wendy & 2-0 blades tommorrow - hope so ive put 120 quid on it at 33-1. could be in for an interesting and money making day!! respect to mr dooley as both sheff clubs have won all thir game since he passed away, ironic eh?? rip derek
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14/03/2008 16:54:00

luv the thread above by futures blue n 5hit. quality mate!!
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14/03/2008 16:56:00

Give them hell for me Blu n White! Up the Owls!
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14/03/2008 19:31:00

cheers pigforlife1889 il let u no how it went!!
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14/03/2008 22:07:00

at the ground at 2ish, think it will be a crazy game with ***** load of goals, not mega confident but cov are playing average at the mo but there home form is pretty good. COME ON WEDNESDAY!!!!!!!!!
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15/03/2008 10:34:00

I was full of confidence for the QPR and Colchester games, but this is going to be more of a tactical game. We need runners in the side, wonder if its time to rest Kav for this one. Bolder, Mcallister, Small and Songo'o in the midfield for me. Or we could include Kav and go Tudgay upfront on his own? Im thinking 5 on small to score 1st.
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15/03/2008 11:01:00

all depends on whether laws is happy with 1 pt or 3, if he goes for 3 he's got to play the runners as you say, problem is it could leave holes in the middle, kav will sit and that keeps some shape in the side, think bolder will come off bench after 60 mins and give the extra boost in mid, 2-1 weds for me, come on!!
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15/03/2008 13:33:00

I woulod be a happy with a point at Coventry, not the easiest place to go!
will it ever happen
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16/03/2008 12:18:00


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