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Watford vs. Wednesday

Vicarage Road, Watford

Friday, October 23


On Sky

Preview: Watford v Owls

Wednesday wrap up their three game spell in a week with a trip to in-form Watford in front of the Sky TV cameras.

The Owls have endured mixed fortunes from their last two games, with a disappointing home defeat against Preston, despite a good performance, coming hot on the heels of Saturday's 2-0 win against Coventry City.

But Wednesdayites will have no doubt swayed closer to the six point margin than three points from the three matches, meaning victory in tonight's clash with the Hornets is a must.

It'll be a tough ask though, with the pre-season relegation candidates hitting some decent form of late, with victory at Middlesbrough at the weekend followed up by a 1-1 stalemate at Ipswich Town in midweek.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Brian Laws told the official SWFC website:

'We were going to go for maximum points this week and probably deserved three points against Preston, not even the Preston manager denied that.

'It is a great incentive for us that we can go there and overtake them and catapult us up the league.'

He continued: 'Their home record isn't great, there is a perfect opportunity for us. It is going to be a frantic game, both teams are going to go for it, we have got to go for it, we need a win.'

Watford boss Malky Mackay told the official Watford website:

'We've come off the back of two good results this week and we want to build on that tonight.

'Although we have a young squad, they are a group of players who are resilient and who have shown a great deal of courage recently, travelling to two difficult away grounds and coming away with four points out of six, so I'm delighted with that.

'But the minute you start thinking about the fact we're playing in front of the television cameras, then that's the minute where you'll have problems on the pitch.'

Watford Team News:

Watforfd boss Mackay has confirmed that captain Jay DeMerit and returning striker Heidar Helguson are both almost certain to miss out in tonight's clash, two key players for the Hornets.

DeMerit is recovering from an eye operation while former Fulham striker Helguson is expected to return to training early next week.

Wednesday will be wary on on-loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who's expected to get the nod to start tonight despite picking up a knock at Ipswich in midweek.

Player to watch: Tom Cleverley

The Manchester United loanee is at the heart of many of Watford's attacking threats and Laws will have been happy to see him miss out tonight. Instead, he's likely to start, and will give the Owls midfield a tough time of it. A success on loan at Leicester City last season, Cleverley has been key for the Hornets this term.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Brian Laws is hoping to have a triple boost ahead of tonight's clash.

Laws will be looking at the fitness of recently sidelined trio Marcus Tudgay, Richard Wood and Etienne Esajas with the hope that they'll be fit enough to feature at Vicarage Road.

Darren Purse will make his 500th professional career appearance tonight if given the nod to start, although Woody will be pushing for a starting place if fully fit.

Laws has no fresh injury concerns following the defeat to PNE in midweek.

Player to watch: Luke Varney

The goals have dried up recently for the on-loan Derby County man, and what better place to find the back of the net than in front of the Sky TV cameras? A big game for him tonight, no doubt about it.

Match Facts & Stats


Watford wins: 17

Wednesday wins: 13

Draws: 9

Last Time Out:

Watford 2-2 Wednesday

Vicarage Road, 14/03/09

Francis Jeffers rescued a share of the spoils for Wednesday with a 90th minute penalty in a 2-2 draw last season. Marcus Tudgay had given the Owls a 20th minute lead before an unfortunate Mark Beevers own goal and Job McAnuff strike turned the game on its head prior to Jeffers' late leveller.

Next Fixtures:

Bristol City (A) - 31/10/09

Q.P.R. (H) - 7/11/09

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 23 2009

Time: 12:30PM

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Have we got any defence? Absolutely shocking performance from us.
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23/10/2009 21:11:00

If Laws thinks we can get to the play offs with our current squad he is seriously deluded.
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23/10/2009 21:35:00

laws has got to explain why he insists on playing purse and buxton we have been a complete sham i know im on my own in thinking there hasnt been any improvement from last struggling to see where our next win is gonna come from sorry for the negativity but the strafford propaganda machine just isnt working for me.
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23/10/2009 21:41:00

I absolutely hate coming on here and being negative but hard to draw any positives from tonight. We were absolutely outplayed and outfought by a bunch of kids.....simply not good enough. We will be closer to relegation than the playoffs on that performance. Worst game by far this season.
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23/10/2009 21:46:00

i really feel for all the wednesdayites that went to the game to watch that shower
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23/10/2009 21:53:00

.....................well that wasnt that good was it?
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23/10/2009 21:56:00

not really wesp no but ive now found all the pieces of my phone which just exploded when it hit the wall nokia 5800 not suitable for throwing
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23/10/2009 22:02:00

get the 3310 out of box that'll probably hold for a couple of games
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23/10/2009 22:05:00

it would need to hold for more than a couple if we continue to play like that anyway its still working screens a bit dodgy but it rings gonna have to get a cat to kick instead sorry joking
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23/10/2009 22:13:00

im tired of laws tactics and laws team selections-prob on my own on this 1 but if he got the sack i wouldnt be upset at all-same old every week-they should all be fined a weeks wages for that performance!!!!
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23/10/2009 23:08:00

not good enough. time for change
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23/10/2009 23:17:00

Every player at the club except Tudgay should be put on the transfer list!! Purse & Buxton are a waste of space individually but collectively they're even worse!! How a kid can just run through two grown men is beyond me?? I'm the only one who thinks JJ is god awful!?!?
Owls That!
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24/10/2009 01:44:00

I know we were crap but I love peoples over-reactions, Laws out is ridiculous i'm sorry, his stubborn team selection is annoying yes but after beating Cov and playing well against Preston why would you change line up? 3 games in 6 days or half the squad got flu de swine like the pigs squad probably meant he should have mixed it up a bit though
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24/10/2009 02:00:00

He said on Tuesday that there was going to be changes for last night and there wasnt. He said AFTER the match that there was going to be changes in the defence because that was a problem area for us. All he has to do is replace ONE player in defence and that will sort the problem out. The thing is Laws doesnt have the testicles to make that one change because it will make him look an even bigger fool than he already is. What irks me is that we have a management team, who were both former defenders in their playing careers, that cant see that we have a problem with our back four, FFS even the Sky commentators could see that we have a problem.
skeggy owl
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24/10/2009 10:30:00


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