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Wednesday vs. MK Dons

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, February 5


Preview: Owls v MK Dons

Wednesday will start life without Alan Irvine as manager by welcoming MK Dons to Hilsborough in npower League One.

Irvine left the Owls on Thursday following a meeting with chairman Milan Mandaric, who will be keen for an immediate upturn in fortunes as he fails to give up on Wednesday's aim of promotion this season.

Mandaric has hinted that a new man could well be in place for the weekend, but it's unlikely, and even if named before Saturday it's more likely that he'll sit in the stands for the first game.

Rob Kelly, Irvine's assistant, has stayed on to take temporary charge of first team affairs, with Billy Barr assisting him.

Vital Quotes:

Owl chairman Milan Mandaric told the official SWFC website:

'I have to emphasise now that we are not writing off this season. Promotion was the target when I bought the club and promotion is still the target now. We are also through to the fifth round of the FA Cup so if anyone thinks we are writing this season off, they could not be more wrong.'

Wednesday Team News:

Rob Kelly and Billy Barr, who are in temporary control of the first team following the sacking of Irvine, could make a whole host of changes for the visit of Karl Robinson's men.

All six outfield players who were substitutes in the 5-3 loss at Peterborough will be putting their hands up for inclusion.

Daniel Jones, Mark Beevers, James O'Connor, Paul Heffernan, Gary Teale and Clinton Morrison will all be hoping for recalls.

New arrival Isaiah Osbourne will also be hoping for his Owls bow.

The Aston Villa midfielder joined on loan on Sunday and was Irvine's last signing, but didn't feature at London Road.

The defensive midfielder is expected to go straight into a starting role.

Player to watch: Isaiah Osbourne

No doubt Wednesdayites will be keeping an eye on all eleven players to see how they perform following the departure of Alan Irvine, but Osbourne provides a fresh face following his loan move from Aston Villa.

MK Dons Team News:

MK Dons will arrive at Hillsborough on the back of a 2-1 win at Bristol Rovers in midweek and sitting on the edge of the play-off places as a result.

Karl Robinson's men were also thumped 4-1 on home soil by the Owls earlier in the campaign and will be keen to dish out some revenge in S6.

The Dons have struggled with away form this season but are unbeaten in their last four outings on their travels since the turn of the year, making them a strong opposition for the Owls.

Player to watch: Peter Leven

Leven is MK Dons' top scorer, with six goals so far this season, and top with assists, also with six, and will be key in any positive outcome for Karl Robinson's men at Hillsborough. One to watch for the Wednesday defence.

Match Facts & Stats

Current Form:

Wednesday: L-W-D-L-D

MK Dons: W-D-W-L-W


Wednesday wins: 13

K Dons wins: 16


Last Time Out:

MK Dons 1-4 Wednesday

stadium:mk, 20/11/10

Wednesday thumped the Dons in their own back yard last November in the reverse fixture. Things started badly when Mark Carrington opened the scoring for the hosts. But Wednesday's reply was emphatic as Neil Mellor notched a hat-trick and a Luke Chadwick own goal completed the rout.

Next Fixtures:

v Rochdale (A) - 12/02/11

v Tranmere Rovers (A) - 15/02/11

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 3 2011

Time: 9:26PM

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A must win match enough said.
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04/02/2011 12:14:00

Agreed Olly!
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04/02/2011 12:26:00

We lose auto promotion is out the window
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04/02/2011 14:17:00

Target for me is 4 wins and a draw minimum next 5 games. That should have us on the verge of the play offs again. Then last 15 games get some momentum and see what happens. If we get in the play offs with 12 or so games to go then you never know. Teams might see Wednesday sneaking up and start to get jittery i.e. Brighton, Southampton, Bournemouth, Huddersfield. The only team i don't believe we can catch is Brighton due to been 15 points behind them but Leeds found out that big leads can be clawed back so i refuse to write of automatic promotion. we do have the players and if the right man comes in and can motivate them/ get them playing as a team then you never know. That said if you said to me know we will sneak in to the playoffs on the last day of the season ide snatch your hands off
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04/02/2011 15:05:00

Yes the RIGHT man not Megson,hopefully if he gets the job that is he can make us all eat our words but i sum ow doubt this and will not be holding my breath.
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04/02/2011 15:11:00

Well ide say the motivation side of things will be sorted with Megson which is something that was severely lacking with Irvine. As for the football not sure it will be exciting to watch all the time but it will be nice to see 11 players fighting tooth and nail to get us out of this *****ehole of a division. Ide have loved Pearson but it was always more likely to be Megson. He is a Wednesday fan so has an insight into what we want atleast. Right now ide take 17 scrappy wins out of the next 20 games to get us out of this division. The nicey nicey football is all well and good but this division is unforgiving. There are a lot of teams ive seen who play better football than us in this division but the facts are 3 are going up and some of the teams who play pretty football are guna stay in this pigsty of a division.
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04/02/2011 15:19:00

must win game desperate for all 3 points and if megson in the stands players have a point to prove
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04/02/2011 15:48:00

So come on all you doubters get to Hillsborough and back the Chairman and the new manager and the players till the end of the season, you know it makes sense WTID UTO
ecco owl
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04/02/2011 16:03:00


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