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Preview: Owls v Southampton

Wednesday
vs.
Southampton

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, September 25

3pm

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


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday September 24 2010
Time: 7:20PM

Comments

0
c'mon boys lets get back on track this weekend time for the men to stand out from the boys
retfordowl1867
24/09/2010 19:57:00
0
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
24/09/2010 20:12:00
0
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
25/09/2010 00:07:00
0
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
25/09/2010 12:01:00
0
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!
25/09/2010 12:32:00
0
Com'on Owls! Let's repeat that 5-0 thumping we gave them a few years ago! UTO, WTID!
Colorado Owl
25/09/2010 12:43:00
0
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
25/09/2010 18:00:00
0
ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!!!
owlswfc
25/09/2010 18:03:00
0
tudgay seemed to be the only player to care.
samh
25/09/2010 18:07:00
0
*****ers lot of um
retfordowl1867
25/09/2010 18:42:00
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