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Wednesday vs. Southampton

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, September 25

3pm

Preview: Owls v Southampton

WEDNESDAY and Southampton were both billed as pre-season favourites for the League One title but the two sides find themselves in very different positions ahead of Saturday's clash at Hillsborough.

The Saints have endured a terrible start to the season and could set a new club record for consecutive games without a goal if they fail to find the net this weekend.

The sacking of Alan Pardew prompted the downturn in fortunes and former Scunthorpe United boss Nigel Adkins has been charged with the task of turning them round.

Wednesday, too, have ensured a tough spell in League One and go into the game on the back of three defeats on the spin, despite a fine start which had them at the top of the division.

So although the clash at S6 will be no top-of-the-table affair on Saturday, both sides will be desperate for three points to get their respective campaigns back on track.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Alan Irvine told the official SWFC website:

'I think Nigel did a great job for Scunthorpe but he probably felt the time was right to move. Although he's moved down a division, Southampton are a bigger club than Scunthorpe and I mean no disrespect to Scunthorpe because they are a terrific club.

'Southampton have a very good squad, not just for this league but also for the Championship so Nigel will know he's got a great chance of achieving promotion with Southampton.'

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Alan Irvine has no fresh injury or suspension concerns going into the clash with the Saints.

Jermaine Johnson is the only definite absentee, but midfielder Tommy Miller will be putting his hand up for a starting role following his return from injury.

But despite the near-full strenght availability of the Wednesday squad, Irvine may well look to change his side following a run of three defeats on the spin.

Striker Clinton Morrison will be hoping to get a start, while Gary Teale is likely to return to the Owls midfield after only getting a spot on the bench in the 3-2 loss at Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

Player to watch: Darren Purse

The Wednesday defence was subject for some stick from the loss at Home Park last Saturday and Purse will have to work hard on getting the Owls' back four back to their impressive form at the start of the campaign.

Southampton Team News:

The Saints could welcome Aaron Martin back to their squad this weekend after recovering from a back injury.

Boss Nigel Adkins has no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the trip to South Yorkshire but the former Iron boss could be tempted to shuffle his pack in a bid to get his first win as boss of the south coast club.

David Connelly, Adam Lallana and former Leeds United defender Frazer Richardson will all miss the match.

Player to watch: Rickie Lambert

The former Stockport County and Bristol Rovers man was tipped to be the league's top scorer at the start of the campaign and the Saints will be relying on his goals to get their campaign back on track.

Match Facts & Stats

Head-to-Head:

Wednesday wins: 33
Saints wins: 23
Draws: 24

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-0 Southampton

Hillsborough, 18/04/09

A brace of strikes from on-loan striker Luke Varney gave Wednesday the spoils the last time the two sides met at Hillsborough.

Form:

Wednesday: L-L-L-W-W

Southampton: L-L-L-L-W

Next Fixtures:

v Oldham Athletic (H) - 28/09/10




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 24 2010

Time: 7:20PM

Your Comments

c'mon boys lets get back on track this weekend time for the men to stand out from the boys
retfordowl1867
need a win at all cost mellor & morrison up front tudgay to play behind the front 2 think 3-1. Not too sure about the crowd think some will stay away as a protest to whats happening behind closed doors
vic mobley
Don't mind the score being 3-1 if it is to us and not you. I am slightly worried because we have a bad habit of allowing teams on a bad run a confidence boosting win. Just pray for a good game and half expect something like 2-2.
SFC Forever
to lose 4 on the bounce would be shocking. tudgay to the bench. morrison/mellor. miller needs to start. 3 points to kick start our season would be good. iv plenty of faith in AI but a 4th sraight defeat would really test that.
DEZZYP
Same old story! A club who is on a bad run invariably comes to Hillsbrough and thumps us! Especially a team that is on the verge of setting a club record without scoring goals! Not confident in the slightest and like vic mobley said, think alot of fans might stay away? Me included! Granted, I live on the Isle of Man but I still have principles!
Owls That!
Com'on Owls! Let's repeat that 5-0 thumping we gave them a few years ago! UTO, WTID!
Colorado Owl
Well whay can i say but oh noooooooooooo.1st half looked ok put cudnt put the ball away and Buxtons sori u looked lost in centre of defense.Why oh why does he insist on playing the under performers week in week out,thats now 4 games with out a win and only 2 goals for aswell.Think other teams av us sussed out close down midfield n cross to back post.How things av changed since the 1st 3 games,drastic measures need to be taken and taken quick cos this is going to be one long season AGAIN.
ollyowl70
ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!!!
owlswfc
tudgay seemed to be the only player to care.
samh
*****ers lot of um
retfordowl1867
Didnt go today, shall not be going again!
OWL25
Thats saved me a trip down the M62 every week. S**t*!
eastyorksowl
very poor today apart from tudgay weaver & o'conner wouldn't pay the rest of them.Why could'nt teale see that man on the near post when he took the same corner 6 or 7 times.There are problems of the pitch sack the board seems to be a regular chant but when 11 professional well payed footballers put a shift like that at home they should be ashamed .A few years ago Alan clarke took the barnsley players down the pit to show how lucky they were as footballers . Wednesdays players need to take a look at there last 4 matches and stand tall. Wont be going tue night, really frustrated fan signing off
vic mobley
Right, today was the first time I have been this season and possisbly the last!! I travelled from 8am on the train and got in after 10pm to watch that load of s***e!! I had heard it was bad again but jesus it has got worse from last season. None of them want the ball they look clue less scared pathetic. I am going sinlgle out the very few players who did ok being Giles Coke he worked his socks off, Tudgay did ok Weaver excellent saves. The midfield is non existent when the second balls are there to be won our players are never there never Why?? This was the problems last year and still is. Basically we have the same centre mid and same defence and they were our biggest problems last year and that is down to Irvine. Did he think buying 3 strikers would sort it out.. NO. Without service none of them might aswell play. Tudgay is a clever player but gets no service at all and no wonder he gets frustrated. I am afraid Purse has to go but there is no one better Buxton I feel sorry for has zero confidence but I have to say isn't good enough. Again Irvine got rid Simek..why? Better than Osemabor and Buxton by a clear ten miles. Dan Jones.. Oh my god he is not a defender good delivery but cannot play again at left back. Cutting it short, we are awful havent got a clue and Irvine has to take some of the blame here and of course the players they are pros's but played like comedians not even a pub team as they would be better. Clueless. I doubt I will go again. Sick of it and Irvine comes out says we bossed the game????? Says it all. I've run out of pateince. Until things change goodbye for now as I cant be bothered and it seems some of the players don't care.
jamesc1905
Agree with jamesc1905 100%...... I was so embarrassed to wear the shirt today after that dismal, lethargic, passionless, pathetic shiznit performance. Our once beloved club is a shambolic mess which is unbelievably getting worse! Enough is enough, 26 feckin years wasted on this so called club. I'm just glad mi kid ain't old enough to follow football yet, and I certainly won't be encouraging them to support Wednesday when they are. I hear Blyth Spartans are a good side. WTID uurrggghhhhh!!! THUD!!
Owlsmad
I just dont know what to say about Sheffield Wednesday right now. Supported them all my life through the bad and the.......... well ok theres hasnt been any good. As soon as we see a glimmer of light we are clouded out and back in the ***** within a week, management changes clearly make no difference its just like a merry go round of *****e. I just wish I stopped being so nieve with the optomism I try to have each season but its all we have to keep us going even though we always end up looking like fools to our rival supporters. Trouble is right now I need a break from it. Wake me up when its all over. WTID
stevetheowl
Yeap and further to my Rant Morrison looked well up for it when he came on... he's not that unfit he would probably get fitter if you played him 70-80 mins Irvine same with Miller.I believe if morrison got any service he would bang goals in but Mellor is his player from Preston etc. Irvine seems to have his head buried in the sand. And agree Potter should never play for the club again he is terrible. Anyway good riddance for now.
jamesc1905
wot a crock of ****e never been getting out of this league, ive always been a optimist but in really dont care any more! Not goin any more any body want to buy a season ticket highest offer 0.99
madowl
Id offer you 0.99 for it madowl but trouble is lately I have far more important things to do like doing the weekly shop and washing my car.
stevetheowl
Did we have control of the game as AI would suggest? I think we were passing the ball around fairly well for maybe 5-10 mins before the goal. Following that we lost our heads and frankly might as well not been on the pitch. I'm not sure what the answer to all our problems is but I have lost patience in the club I once loved. I can honestly say although I will always keep an eye on the results, I will not be devoting much of my time and money in a club I have lost all faith in. Unless something dramatic changes and very soon I fear it is farewell from me and my family.
Owlsmad
C.R.A.P. Im not going anymore this season.
Handsworth Owl
my club, my life, my arse. sack em all. SWFC RIP
eastyorksowl
 

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