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Preview: Southport v Owls


Haig Avenue, Soutport

Sunday, November 7

12 noon

Wednesday will look to avoid the embarrassment of being on the end of a big FA Cup upset on Sunday when they travel to Blue Square Premier Southport with the nation watching.

The Owls will be favourites for progression to the second round of the famous competition with victory at the seaside but underdogs Southport will fancy their chances given the Owls' recent poor performances and financial worries off the pitch.

Alan Irvine and his men won't want to go down the same route as Leeds United when they crashed out against Histon two years ago but it's a bit of a no-win situation for Irvine and co. at Haig Avenue.

It's a real 'romantic' tie, something which typifies the FA Cup, and Wednesday won't want to be on the end of a 'giant-killing' with the nation watching.

Vital Quotes:

Alan Irvine told the official SWFC website:

'This is an important game for us and nobody should think this is a bigger game for Southport than Sheffield Wednesday. This is important for us in a big way.

'With the TV cameras being at Haig Avenue, a lot of people are seeing this as a potential upset.

'I fully expect the crowd to get right behind Southport so it is important that we get off to a good start, but that is something we must sustain throughout the match.'

Southport boss Liam Watson told the Southport Visitor:

'If the weather keeps going the way it has been then there is no way Sheff Wed will fancy this.

'Without doubt they`ll be apprehensive coming to us on the back of two defeats and know the torrent of criticism they`ll receive going back to Sheffield if they lose to us. With all their boardroom unrest as well, Sunday has banana skin written all over it and Sheff Wed will know that.'

Southport Team News:

Midfielder Matty McGinn is Southport's only doing going into what is likely to be their biggest game of the season.

McGinn suffered a calf injury in Port's last league game against Kidderminster Harriers last Friday, which they drew 2-2, and is currently receiving treatment in a bid to be fit for the cup tie.

Southport boss Liam Watson has no other fresh injury concerns.

But regular goalkeeper Tony McMillan will miss the big day through suspension after being sent -off at Kidderminster and losing his appeal against the dismissal.

Yorkshire-born Steve Dickinson will be making his first appearance for Southport since April 2006.

Defender Rob Marsh Evans is cup tied but defender Shaun Gray is hoping to be fit enough to make the bench.

Player to watch: Steve Daly

The goals have been shared out pretty evenly for Southport this season but Steve Daly, with join-top scorer with three goals so far this term, will have the edge with his extra experience in a Southport shirt. He'll be one of many looking to grab the headlines with the winning goal for the hosts.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday will be boosted by the return of right-back Jon Otsemobor following a three-match suspension.

Otsemobor was looking like Irvine's preferred choice at right-back before the sending-off and he could return in his usual position and see Lewis Buxton switch to centre-back alongside captain Darren Purse.

The Owls have doubts over the fitness of Jermaine Johnson, who limped off with a hamstring injury in the midweek defeat against Huddersfield Town, and Tommy Miller, who missed the game with the Terriers.

Miller is expected to be fully fit after returning to full training this week but JJ is likely to miss out after suffering another unfortunate set-back.

Irvine's expected to make a straight swap with Miller coming in for Johnson, although Gary Teale will be keen to return to the starting eleven.

Irvine could ponder a number of changes to his side following Tuesday night's horror show, with Clinton Morrison and Paul Heffernan both keen for starts.

Player to watch: Giles Coke

The midfield battle is going to be an important one on Sunday and the former of Giles Coke could be key in any Owls victory. Coke's form, like the side's in general, has dipped of late and he'll be looking to return to his impressive early-season form.

Match Facts & Stats

Current Form:


Wednesday: L-L-D-W-W


No surprises here, the two sides have never met before and will be making history in the FA Cup on Sunday. Southport HAVE played at Hillsborough before though, losing against Newcastle in an FA Cup replay in 1932.

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v Hartlepool United (JPT) - 10/11/10

Date:Friday November 5 2010
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Squeeky bum time again. The way we are "playing" at present, and with this match being televised, means I shall be watching this one from behind the sofa! I have eamiled our stirkers a copy of a "Goal Scoring Form" as they seem to have lost theirs! Up the Owls!
05/11/2010 11:43:00
LOL i think they need more than a copy of the Goal Scoring Form.Im thinking of applying to Wayne Rooneys street striker on Sky for all of them,just to see that they are the real Macoy and they have not b******T there way thorough life.(COME ON YOU OWLS)
05/11/2010 11:49:00
Due to a massive lack of interest in the fa cup these days, part of me wouldnt mind losing and hopefully pushing irvine out of the door, i certainly dont want to progress and get a premier league team, couldnt face the massive beating we would get.
05/11/2010 12:23:00
difficult one this morale is already low and a beating here could be damageing on the other hand if are strikers can get some goals it might give them a much needed confidence boost up the owls
05/11/2010 12:49:00
Use spellcheck bluedog.
05/11/2010 16:03:00
irvine wont get the push no matter what happens on sunday, anyway who'll take over? the chuckle brothers cant, it seems they are involved in the takeover talks.
06/11/2010 00:27:00
wednesday are in a no win situation. if we progress then that will be expected if the worst happens then we will be humiliated infront of the nation. By wisdom and courage is the clubs motto never has it been more significant than this sunday and the next few weeks .
vic mobley
06/11/2010 11:17:00
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