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Wednesday vs. Doncaster Rovers

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, November 8


Preview: Owls v Doncaster

Wednesday will be looking to build on their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace last time out when South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers make the short trip to S6 on Saturday.

For many Rovers fans, the clashes with Wednesday will have been the first they looked out for when the fixture list was released in the summer.

And although they've found it difficult adjusting to life in the Championship, boss Sean O'Driscoll will no doubt have his troops fired up for the match.

But Brian Laws has his own troubles to sort out at Hillsborough, with no less than three points likely to be acceptable for the Wednesday faithful following four matches without a win.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws told the official SWFC website:

'Every time I have seen Doncaster they have been the best team and yet they have lost. They are dominating a lot of games and creating a lot of chances and that's something we have to be aware of. I think they will have a high percentage of the ball and will create chances but it is about who takes their chances.'

He continued: 'We all like to see good football played and I know it must be frustrating at Doncaster. It sickens you as a manager when you have been the best team on the day but lost.

'It hasn't got to the point yet where it's desperate and they change their whole philosophy. They are sticking with it and it's not like they aren't creating chances - they could have a lot more points on the table.'

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Brian Laws has the rare optin of an almost fully fit squad for the visit of Rovers, although a number are still getting back to full fitness.

Laws could tinker with the side that drew 1-1 at Palace last weekend, although Leon Clarke's goal could well see him rewarded by continuing in the Wednesday attack.

Deon Burton, Marcus Tudgay, Akpo Sodje and Francis Jeffers will also be available for Laws.

Jimmy Smith sits out the third match of his four game ban for the sending off at Birmingham City.

Player to watch: Leon Clarke

Leon doesn't usually get a mention in this section, but his goal at Palace could well prompt Laws to keep him in attack, and he'll be desperate to take his chance in front of the Wednesday faithful.

Doncaster Rovers Team News:

Former Oldham and Blackpool midfielder Richie Wellans could well return to the Rovers midfield after sitting out the last five matches with a groin strain.

New loan signing Shelton Martis is set to play for Rovers and make his second start for the club after arriving from Premier League side West Brom.

Gordon Greer could also return to the Rovers defence, although Adam Lockwood is a doubt.

Player to watch: Jason Price

The former Hull City striker will be desperate to get the goals to prove he can make it at Championship level and fire Rovers to victory at Hillsborough.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 10
Rovers wins: 1
Draws: 2

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-0 Doncaster

Hillsborough, 06/03/05

Drew Talbot and Lee Bullen grabbed the goals for Wednesday as they eased by Rovers en route to promotion from League One.

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Spurr, Beevers, Wood, Buxton, Tudgay, Watson, McAllister, O'Connor, Esajas (Johnson 70), Clarke (Sodje 70).
Subs Not Used: Gilbert, Jeffers, Burton.

Rovers: Sullivan, O'Connor, Roberts, Mills, Martis, Woods, Stock (Spicer 73), Wilson (Hird 84), Guy (Heffernan 81), Hayter, Price.
Subs Not Used: Elliott, Taylor.

Next Fixtures:

v Derby County (A) - 15/11/08

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 7 2008

Time: 3:36PM

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I know he's suspended but how is Jimmy Smith doing for you lot?
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07/11/2008 16:38:00

One word....crap! Just not sure if it's our style of play he's not used to, but he really is no good. Most of us want to send him back and save the money......
US Owl
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07/11/2008 18:23:00

send him back
beverley owl
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07/11/2008 18:57:00

we HAVE to win this, this is as big as united for me, i live in donny, most of my mates are donny fans and i work in a place were about 20 rovers fans cum before every home game and know im a wednesday fan, for my sake WE HAVE TO WIN
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