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Preview: Owls v Palace

Crystal Palace

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, March 22


Another week, another cup final for the Owls as they look to once again pull themselves out of the Championship bottom three as promotion-chasing Crystal Palace visit S6 on Saturday.

Wednesday have enjoyed improved form of late, losing just once in their last seven games, but they'll face a difficult task this weekend as Neil Warnock returns to Sheffield looking to bag vital points at the right end of the table for his Palace troops.

Warnock has been quoted as saying he hopes the Owls survive this season, and that he believes they will, but I'm sure deep down he'd love nothing more than getting one over on the blue and white half of the city and doing no harm to his troops' promotion bid.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Brian Laws told the official SWFC site:

'I know everyone is saying we have three home games on the bounce but I really want to concentrate on one game at a time because before you know it, you can take your eye off the ball and then you're in trouble. You can't plan too far ahead.

'We all recognise the position that we're in and as a result of that, every game becomes bigger than the last one, and none more so than Crystal Palace.'

Palace boss Neil Warnock told the Yorkshire Post:

'Despite the stick I will get on Saturday, I am looking forward to it. And although they might think otherwise, I do want Wednesday to stay up.

'It is better for Sheffield football to have both clubs as high up the leagues as possible and I think Wednesday will stay up.'

Wednesday Team News:

The main worry for Owls boss Laws is his strike pairing, with Marcus Tudgay likely to miss out having picked up an injury in training this week.

Enoch Showunmi could step up to the plate having scored a brace in the 2-2 draw in the reserve match with Leeds in midweek, while Ben Sahar could also make his first start for the club having extended his loan from Chelsea for another month.

Other than that, Laws has no new concerns following the 0-0 draw with Coventry, and could be boosted with a shock return from Frank Simek or Steve Watson who both made it through the midweek reserve match unscathed.

Player to watch: Deon Burton

The Jamiacan hitman has come in for some stick in recent works, but will need to put in one of his games of the season with Tudgay out on the sidelines. A similar performance to that of against QPR will do nicely, thanks very much...

Crystal Palace Team News:

Palace boss Warnock is set to receive a boost with the news that former Birmingham man Neil Danns is all set to return to first team action following a month on the sidelines.

Danns featured for the Palace reserves in midweek after suffering a groin problem and is expected to be part of the squad to travel up to Sheffield.

Defender Tony Craig is also fit and available for selection once again after recovering from shoulder surgery but former Blade Paul Ifill is doubtful with an ankle knock.

Player to watch: Clinton Morrison

Morrison may not be in the form he showed in the last few seasons but will still be key in helping Palace achieve a top-six finish - starting on Saturday at Hillsborough.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 20

Palace wins: 14

Draws: 14

Current Form:

Wednesday: D-W-W-L-D

Palace: W-D-W-D-W

Last Time Out:

Palace 2-1 Wednesday

Selhurst Park, 15/12/2007

Richard Hinds gave Wednesday the early advantage against Neil Warnock's Palace, but it was the former Blades manager who had the last laugh as goals from Clinton Morrison and a last-minute Sean Scannell strike gave Palace all three points.

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Hinds, Beevers, Wood, Spurr, Songo'o (O'Brien 65), Kavanagh, McAllister, Small, Tudgay (Showunmi 77), Burton (Bolder 83). Subs Not Used: Burch, Gilbert.

Palace: Speroni, Lawrence, Hudson, Fonte, Hill, Soares, Watson, Derry, Scannell (Robinson 86), Scowcroft, Morrison (Kudjodji 90). Subs Not Used: Fletcher, Hughes, Hills.

Next Fixtures:

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

v Coventry City (H) - 01/04/08

Date:Friday March 21 2008
Time: 12:57PM


hope we get a performance out of the owls 2mora because warnock will get them up for it
21/03/2008 16:40:00
palace are a busy side and can cause problems, we've got to get at em and press, an early goal for us would be massive, confidence will grow and the pressure on everbody would be eased. Come on wednesday, straight out of the blocks and give em nothing.
21/03/2008 17:10:00
stuff em neil- that will make mine and your day
21/03/2008 20:12:00
good luck NW do us blades proud lad!!
21/03/2008 21:29:00
Your pair of plebs, millers4eva you'l be down at hillsbrough soon enough, supporting a proper team. One that manages to stay afloat and as for you bladesfor(We cant last 1 season in prem)life1889, why couldnt you say that on your own site????
21/03/2008 23:27:00
not that old chestnut again?? yawn yawn yawn. 2-0 palace tommorrow (morrision double) warnock celebrating yet again at swillsborough. sorry
22/03/2008 00:11:00
pigforlife1889 why don't you get a life you sad piece of pig **** and that goes for your sad little rotherham tramp mate with his reversable rotherscum / sheffield united shirt . pathetic little teams jealous of the one team in sheffield that will always be bigger than both of them. WEDNESDAY! and don't you know it, thats why you are both on our web site trying to wind us up, scum in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, lose to the dingles today and you'll be looking over your shoulders of pork again
22/03/2008 09:18:00
typical rotherham fan..2 years ago they were outside hillsborough with there begging buckets asking for handouts..please please help our club!...and i put money in to do my bit to help your club!..not this time boys hope you go under pig lovers!
22/03/2008 09:58:00
listen boys, don't bite, it seems they are more interested in us than their own teams, what a sad bunch of losers, anyhow, 2-1 to the blue and white wizards today and wait for it, come on barnsley!!
22/03/2008 11:25:00
ha ha ha ha ha ha sooo typical. do us blades proud neil!!
22/03/2008 11:39:00
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