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Preview: Owls v Reading


Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, December 5


Wednesday face arguably their biggest game of the season this weekend with a proverbial 'six pointer' against fellow strugglers Reading at S6.

Both sides are desperate for points to climb away from danger in the Championship, but it could well be much more important for Owls boss Brian Laws, who has come under immense criticism of late.

The unthinkable, a defeat for Wednesday, could well see them drop into the bottom three.

Victory, on the other hand, could well lift a huge weight off Laws' shoulders going into the hectic Christmas fixture schedule.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws told the Sheffield Star:

'As far as I'm concerned, it's business as usual. We talk every day; nothing has been talked about on that agenda.

'We're under pressure every time we don't win.

'We'll take the pressure when it comes. If you're not winning, you expect some criticism (from fans).

'We're all pulling in the right direction to get a result on Saturday.'

Reading boss Brendan Rodgers told the official Royals website:

'Wednesday come into this game on the back of a disappointing result, but that was against West Brom who are a very good team.

'The game will be a difficult one, but one we have to go into and try and put the disappointment of Derby behind us. We have to go again.'

Wednesday Team News:

Brian Laws has no fresh injury concerns going into the clash with Reading, although he could well make changes following a dire performance in the 4-0 thumping at home to West Brom last weekend.

Loan additions Tom Soares and Warren Feeney both had to settle for a place on the bench against the Baggies, but both could well take a more important role this weekend.

Soares is the most likely to be given the nod for a start, although Cardiff City man Feeney will also be pushing for a place with the Owls strike force firing blanks in recent weeks.

Captain Darren Purse will be available for selection, while Mark Beevers will also be hoping for a start at the back after coming on as a first-half substitute last weekend - Tommy Spurr's place could well be under threat.

But Laws has promised big changes in the team before, following poor results, with only one or changes coming about - it could be the same this weekend.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

The Owls' top scorer has been in poor form of late, and Wednesday, and Laws, will be hoping that he returns to top form to help fire the Owls to three crucial points against Brendan Rodgers' side. Tudders won't have seen Wednesday in this position when he signed his contract, and he'll have to put in a shift this weekend to help them out of it.

Reading Team News:

Reading also come into the game on the back of a defeat after falling to a 2-1 loss against Derby County at Pride Park last Saturday.

Rodgers, a Wednesday fan, will be forced into making a change though as former Barnsley and Sheffield United man Brian Howard misses out with a broken jaw.

Shane Long is also suspended for the trip to Hillsborough, with Noel Hunt out for the season, but Simon Church will be given the nod in attack to try and help Reading bag the goals they've been desperately lacking so far this term.

Player to watch: Jobi McAnuff

Wednesday have had trouble defending lively wingers this season and they could be in for another torrid time, this time against Jobi McAnuff. The former Crystal Palace and Watford man is Reading's key attacking threat, and Brian Laws and his men will no doubt be looking to nullify it this weekend.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 5

Reading wins: 5

Draws: 2

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-2 Reading

Hillsborough, 3/3/09

Sean McAllister gave the Owls the advantage against Reading at S6 last time out, but they couldn't hold on to their lead as Kevin Doyle levelled ten minutes into the second half and then Shane Long netted a late winner with less than ten minutes to go to give Reading all the points.

Form - Last 5

Wednesday: L-D-L-D-L

Reading: L-W-D-W-L

Next Fixtures:

v Doncaster Rovers (A) - 8/12/09

v Leicester City (A) - 12/12/09

Date:Friday December 4 2009
Time: 11:42AM


Lets get behind the team this wkend. Reading have quite a few injuries and I reckon the Wednesday fans are due a good performance. I am hoping that feeny might make some sort of impact if he gets a start. 2-1 Wednesday my prediction
04/12/2009 14:22:00
Call me stupid but I've put this as a home win for my accumulator, I'm feeling confident we can scrape 3 points!
04/12/2009 19:37:00
we're going down
05/12/2009 16:55:00
i agree. awful
05/12/2009 17:06:00
people still think we should keep laws ive just walked out of the worst performance ive seen get real laws out now before we end up in the f*****g pub league!
05/12/2009 17:59:00
He has got to go...end of. This was his last chance. Strafford grow a pair and get rid of this pathetic manager we have.
05/12/2009 18:43:00
totally agree!!!!! i cannot believe hes still playing gray on the left and potter in the middle, GRAY IS NOT A WINGER!!!! potter is useless!!!!! why is it when esajas gets his chance he's scared to run with the ball, was totally ineffective today!!!! no pace in our team at all apart from johnson-anyone with quick players could quite easily beat us!!!! and what is the point in bringing in players who dont play???? absolutley disgusted at the minute with the manager and the team!!!
05/12/2009 18:51:00
Ashamed to be there today. We were absolutely dire. We can't defend and we have no idea up front. It's a recipe for disaster. I have been a big supporter of Laws up to now but if that is his idea of motivating a team, inspiring confidence and getting back to basics then he needs to go.
05/12/2009 18:59:00
we did our bit today and got behind the team now do your bit strafford and hand laws his p45 first thing monday morning get wilkinson to cover until we find a manager
05/12/2009 19:35:00
Agree with everything I am reading here. Laws was clutching at Straws Last week with "Get back to basics" Heard that before. God knows what else he has to do to lose his job. Disgraceful at the moment. We would get stuffed in League One at this rate
05/12/2009 21:01:00
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