Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Preview: Owls v Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Tuesday, January 24


DEFEAT isn't an option for Wednesday and boss Alan Irvine as the Owls look to bounce back from a 4-0 drubbing at Leyton Orient with a convincing victory against Yeovil at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Three points are a must for the Owls after Wednesdayites were scathing in their attacks of the manager and the team for their performance at Brisbane Road on Saturday, which sent Wednesday plummeting down to 12th in the npower League One table.

Irvine's men will be favourites to do just that against a Yeovil side they've already beaten in the away fixture earlier this season, but it won't be a stroll in the park - especially if the breakthrough doesn't come early on.

Vital Quotes:

Owls captain Nicky Weaver told the Sheffield Star:

'There are a lot of points to play for. We can't just keep saying that. We have to start winning games.

'We need to get back to basics, defend better at set pieces.

'It's a must-win game on Tuesday, a great opportunity. We have to go out there and show the fans we want to win and put things right.'

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Alan Irvine must surely be pondering big changes to the side that got beat 4-0 at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

But he won't have right-back Lewis Buxton and midfielder Tommy Miller available for selection, with both players sidelined with hamstring injuries picked up in the weekend loss in London.

Neil Mellor could be set to return to the starting line-up after Irvine plumped for new signing Gary Madine in attack alongside Clinton Morrison, with little success.

Another new arrival, Mark Reynolds, could be in-line for a debut after being left out of the squad for the trip to Orient.

Wednesday's brittle back-line was torn to shreds on Saturday and Reynolds is expected to get the nod to be included in the back four, while Mark Beevers could also be recalled.

Player to watch: Mark Reynolds

If the Owls new arrival gets his debut in the famous blue and white stripes, the Hillsborough faithful will be keen to see if he can improve a defence that has been struggling all season. He'll also have a bit of pressure on his shoulders if things don't start too swimmingly.

Yeovil Town Team News:

Yeovil will arrive in S6 on the back of a 1-0 home defeat and firmly in the middle of a relegation battle.

The Owls defeated Town at Huish Park in the return leg but Yeovil will be keen to cause a shock at Hillsborough and heap more pressure on Alan Irvine, as well as give their survival hopes a major boost.

They'll be without Jean-Paul Kalala, who serves the final game of a four-match suspension, while defender Craig Alcock could miss out after suffering a back injury.

Player to watch: Dean Bowditch

Yeovil will need striker Bowditch to be on top form if they're to get anything from the trip to S6. Wednesday's defence has been fragile in recent weeks and Bowditch will only be too aware of the fact.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: L-D-W-L-L

Yeovil: L-W-W-W-D


Wednesday wins: 2

Yeovil wins: 0

Draws: 1

Last Time Out:

Yeovil 0-2 Wednesday

Huish Park, 16/10/10

Wednesday secured the three points the last time the sides met, in the reverse fixture last October. It took the Owls until the 72nd minute to break the deadlock though, through a Jermaine Johnson wonder-strike, before Tommy Miller wrapped it up with six minutes to go from the penalty spot.

Next Fixtures:

v Hereford United (H, FA Cup) - 29/01/10

Date:Monday January 24 2011
Time: 11:12PM


I see there is speculation we are looking at purchasing another winger. It baffles me why big Al has not purchased a tough central midfielder. This seems to me to be the glaring problem we have - a midfiled that is easily pushed aside. I do hope we win tonight.
25/01/2011 08:52:00
Agree, anybody with eyes can see we are lacking a quality midfielder to push/improve on coke and miller. Potter and o'conner just arent good enough, despite the latters efforts. Hope AI realises the pressure he's now under and sets us up for an all out attacking performance and positive result.
25/01/2011 10:17:00
Centre Mid required now !
25/01/2011 10:27:00
hear hear!! Quality central midfielder and a winger with some flair required urgently. As for Irvine, I have been reserved in my view of sacking him up until the disgrace of a performance at the weekend. If we do not get a comfortable win tonight then I think he should walk!
25/01/2011 12:16:00
Any possible rumors about a midfielder, even? Time is really ticking now with less than a week left in January.
Colorado Owl
25/01/2011 14:03:00
Do you guys think that AI doesn't know what he wants? He's been in pro football for more years than I even was - and I can give him more than a decade in age! Knowing what is required and finding the right guy who is actually available are entirely different scenarios! And do you also think that those 9 players who were signed in the Summer would be here now if we had got MMs purchasing power? Of course many of them would not be. Shut up moaning and support AI now! If it doesn't work in the long run then we have a Chairman who knows how to sort it. The prolonged spiral downwards of SWFC started with the dismissal of Trevor Francis and it was the so called 'supporters' that helped to precipitate that paticular mistake! Si get behind the manager and the team tonight and save those 'boos' for that other Sheffield Team, whatever they are called!
25/01/2011 16:28:00
agreed. go to cheer not to boo. if you dont like it then dont go. hate is a close cousin of rasism and there is no place for THAT in football.
25/01/2011 18:06:00
Yeah let's all cheer we drew against yeovil and struggled, Sorry pal put people need to pull there heads out the sand, yet another great result and points lost, what is there to cheer about please.
25/01/2011 21:48:00
Yeah let's all cheer we drew against yeovil and struggled, Sorry pal put people need to pull there heads out the sand, yet another great result and points lost, what is there to cheer about please.
25/01/2011 21:48:00
Not good enough again and against 9 men in the end,please no one say they are happy with a draw.
25/01/2011 21:57:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Millwall MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Reach0%
Sub - Lucas Joao0%
Sub - Nuhiu37%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League