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Preview: Reading v Owls


Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, February 27


Wednesday look to bounce back from two disappointing defeats when they make the trip to Reading for yet another proverbial six pointer in the battle against relegation.

The Royals enjoyed FA Cup success at West Brom in midweek but it's unknown whether their extra-time win will be an advantage to the Owls or their hosts at the Madjeski Stadium.

Reading have often performed above where their league position suggests, but they're down at the bottom for a reason and Alan Irvine and his men will be looking to bring their hosts firmly back down to earth following their Baggies win.

Vital Quotes:

Alan Irvine told the official SWFC website:

'It's a huge game, there is no question about that given where the two teams are in the table. But even without that it's a massive game for us anyway.

'I said that every game was a huge game when we had 23 games to go, so with 14 to play nothing has changed.

'Obviously we know that with each game that passes, we need to be that little bit closer to the target we have set. I said that we needed 11 wins out of 23 games, we now need six out of 14.

'It is a six-pointer, there is no doubt about it and if we win we'll feel great, if we lose we'll be extremely disappointed because it will be one game less to reach the target we have set.'

Reading boss Brian McDermott told the official Reading website:

'We love playing at home, our home form is very, very good and we've not lost here in 2010. It's good to be back after three tough away games.'

Reading Team News:

Reading are appealing against the sending-off of winger Jobi McAnuff in their midweek extra-time FA Cup win at West Brom.

If unsuccessful, the former Watford man will miss the trip to Hillsborough despite it coming just days after his dismissal against the Baggies.

Suspension will also hit striker Shane Long, who misses out through a ban, while Jem Karacan and Kalifa Cisse, who netted in the win at Hillsborough earlier in the season, are also out.

Player to watch: Brian Howard

The former Sheffield United and Barnsley man will no doubt be in for a bit of stick from the travelling Wednesdayites, but his midfield qualities and set-piece taking will give the Owls' defence all kinds of problems.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Alan Irvine could ring the changes following the poor 1-0 home loss against Ipswich Town last weekend.

New loan signing Eddie Nolan, who has arrived at S6 on loan until the end of the season from Preston North End, could get his debut for the Owls in defence.

Irvine will have to decide whether Tommy Spurr or Frank Simek gets the boot should Nolan be slotted in at full-back.

Defenders Darren Purse and Lewis Buxton remain sidelined through injury.

But Jermaine Johnson and Francis Jeffers will both be putting their hands up for a place in the squad after returning to training this week.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

Although the Owls top scorer, Tudgay has not reached the form of last year yet and Wednesday will need him to be at the top of his game to breakthrough the Reading defence on their own soil.

Match Facts & Stats


Reading wins: 6

Wednesday wins: 5

Draws: 2

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 0-2 Reading

Hillsborough, 05/12/09

Second-half strikes from Grzegorz Rasiak and Kalifa Cisse were enough to give Reading all three points in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough earlier in the season.


Reading: W-L-W-D-W

Wednesday: L-L-W-L-W

Next Fixtures:

v Leicester City (H) - 06/03/10

Date:Friday February 26 2010
Time: 9:11AM

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Got to put Nolan in prob at the expense of Spurr, up front keep with Tudders & Reg Niether on form but better than Clarke and that other looney Jeffers. Hope there a little bit Ragged from midweek. UTO
vic mobley
26/02/2010 12:32:00
hopefully if Jeffers gets a start, Father Ted could motivate him and turn him into our saviour - yep clutching at straws
Brighton Owl
26/02/2010 13:16:00
tudgay doesn't deserve a starting place after the last few performances, get him dropped, at least clarke did some running when he came on and he looked more interested than tudagy, or maybe give jeffers a go, he cant do any worse. yh nolan for either spurr or beevers, cant decide which both have been atrocious!!!!
26/02/2010 14:11:00
must start nolan ahead of simek i say if not then spurr. but i agree with vic stick with the forwards. clarke and jeffers are rubbish. clarke cant win hearders in the air, tudgay can, clarke cant hold the ball up tudders can (sometimes). Need something from the match tomorrow although performances of late i can't see up getting anything. UTO!!
26/02/2010 16:42:00
Whats the odds for a draw ?. Not had one scince Boxing day Newcastle at home 2-2 before father Ted.
vic mobley
27/02/2010 12:09:00
Absolute disgrace once again. We are going down for sure.
27/02/2010 16:32:00
i had a bit of hope before the game but that has crushed now, we are looking certain to go down. the only saving grace is that there are plenty of poor teams down there!
27/02/2010 17:12:00
Pi55 Poor again
Handsworth Owl
27/02/2010 17:54:00
didnt go, glad i didnt-the players are a disgrace to the club, relegation a almost certainty in my opinion. release the lot of em, not 1 worth keeping!!!!
27/02/2010 20:05:00
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