Date:Friday February 11 2011
Saturday, February 12
GARY Megson takes control of Wednesday for the first time when the Owls make the trip to Spotland to take on an in-form Rochdale in npower League One on Saturday.
The new Wednesday boss looked on from the bench as the Owls drew 2-2 with MK Dons last weekend, but only got involved in the second half due to a woeful first-half showing at S6.
Megson will be hoping to have an instant impact on the Owls as they look to get their promotion hopes back on track against the Lancashire side, and Wednesday can't afford too many more slip-ups.
Victory for the Owls will be a tough ask against a Rochdale side who collected 14 points in January and saw Keith Hill, their manager, pick up the manager of the month award.
Owls boss Gary Megson told the official SWFC website:
'I'll pick a team for the game against Rochdale and the players must perform. Anybody can have an off-day but if you have two, then we can change it with not much difficulty.'
'This football club isn't firing on all cylinders at the moment,' he said. 'We're eight points off the play-offs but five points off the drop zone.
'We haven't been winning games this year in terms of league games so the reality isn't perhaps the same as the expectation and we need to change that.'
Rochdale will be boosted with the news of Keith Hill, their manager, winning the manager of the month award for January.
But Spotland fans will also be hoping the curse of receiving the manager of the month award doesn't haunt them against the Owls this weekend.
'Dale enjoyed four wins and two draws from their six matches in January and have continued February in a similar vein of form, with two draws and a victory, the latter coming with a 3-1 win against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.
Hill has no new injury or suspension concerns for the visit of Wednesday and he could opt for the same starting eleven that saw off the Pirates at Spotland in midweek.
The former Leicester City striker has notched up eight goals so far this season and his strength and power makes him a threat from set-pieces. Wednesday's recently fragile defence will be in for a test against him.
New Owls boss Megson could ring the changes for his first full game in charge.
He was due to watch on from the bench against MK Dons last weekend but couldn't resist intervening at half-time, with Paul Heffernan and Neil Mellor both being introduced in place of Gary Teale and Gary Madine.
The Owls' other substitutes from the weekend, Tommy Spurr, Mark Reynolds, Mark Beevers and Chris Sedgwick will also be putting their hands up for a start.
Darren Potter will also be available for selection after serving a one-match suspension for the clash with the Dons, following his sending-off in the 5-3 defeat at Peterborough United.
But winger Jermaine Johnson is understood to be struggling with illness.
The focus will not be on a single player, but Owls boss Gary Megson on Saturday, as the new Wednesday boss looks for a winning start life at S6. A more attacking approach? A new-look starting line-up? We'll soon find out.
Rochdale wins: 0
Wednesday wins: 3
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 2-0 Rochdale
Wednesday won the reverse fixture this season 2-0 at Hillsborough back in November. Giles Coke and Clinton Morrison hit the second half goals to seal the three points.
v Tranmere Rovers (H) - 15/02/11
Date:Friday February 11 2011
Are Players Set For A Football Exit? (Tuesday June 28 2016)
Prices And Allocation for #swfc At Cambridge (Tuesday June 28 2016)
Wednesday Sign Leicester City Defender (Monday June 27 2016)
Owls Seeking To Add Sporting Lisbon Playmaker? (Monday June 27 2016)
Confirmed Pre-Season Fixtures For Wednesday (Monday June 27 2016)
Four Players About To Leave Hillsborough? (Thursday June 23 2016)
How Predictions Alter as Euro 2016 Progresses - Round 3 (Thursday June 23 2016)
Wednesday Keen To Add Ex-Forest Loanee? (Wednesday June 22 2016)
Wednesday Away at Cambridge in EFL Cup (Wednesday June 22 2016)
Boro Dismiss Rhodes Leaving Speculation (Wednesday June 22 2016)
|LUFC Leeds linked with experienced Swansea midfielder
» Leeds Utd : 28/06/2016 19:46:01
|LUFC Cook to miss European Championships to focus on Leeds
» Leeds Utd : 28/06/2016 19:34:00
|LUFC Antonsson - It is fantastic to be here
» Leeds Utd : 28/06/2016 19:33:00
|All Smiles For Jackett As Players Return
» Wolves : 28/06/2016 19:20:01
|Montanier Relishing Forest Challenge
» Forest : 28/06/2016 19:11:00