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Bournemouth vs. Wednesday

Dean Court, Bournemouth

Tuesday, February 22

7.45pm

Preview: Bournemouth v Owls

Gary Megson's task of securing a first win as Wednesday boss gets no easier on Tuesday night when his side makes the long trip to promotion-chasing Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Owls fans will have been hoping it was they who sat in the top two as March approaches, but Bournemouth have been a surprise package this season and sit second going into the clash with Wednesday.

Bournemouth's home form is the best in the division, having won eleven, drawn three and lost just two of their games at Dean Court so far this season.

In contrast, Wednesday have one of the worst away records in the division and will face a big task of taking anything away from their trip to the south coast.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Gary Megson said, following the 3-0 loss against Birmingham:

"Our fans deserve better. Their support is as good as anything in the country and, given the fact that we are a team that is struggling in Division One and has not won for 10 games, it is a bit humbling.

"If we can show half as much desire and passion as those supporters show, we will be okay - but we are not."

Bournemouth Team News:

Jayden Stockey is set to be included in Bournemouth's squad after he was recalled from a loan spell at Dorchester Town to cover for the injured Ben Williamson.

Williamson suffered an ankle injury in training and is expected to be missing for up to three weeks for the Cherries.

Former Owls striker Lee Bradbury is the the boss at Dean Court but he won't take it easy on his former club as he aims to take Bournemouth into the Championship via automatic promotion this season.

The Cherries have no other injury or suspension worries for the visit of the Owls.

Player to watch: Liam Feeney

Feeney provided the cross for Bournemouth's goal in their 1-1 stalemate against Huddersfield Town at home on Saturday and he'll be key in Bournemouth's attacks again against Wednesday.

Wednesday Team News:

Striker Gary Madine is expected to return to the starting line-up after he was cup-tied for the FA Cup clash at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Madine is expected to return to the Owls attack alongside skipper Clinton Morrison, with Neil Mellor the man likely to make way and make do with a spot on the bench.

Young midfielder Liam Palmer has a good shout of a first league start for Wednesday after impressing in midfield as a second-half sub on Saturday. He could partner Isaiah Osbourne in the Owls midfield.

Richard Hinds has also put his hand up for selection after he was brought on at St Andrews early in the game - both Michael Morrison and Mark Reynolds' starting roles will be under threat.

Player to watch: Gary Madine

Wednesday may be woeful at the back at present but they'll also have to score goals if they're to get them out of their current poor position. Madine has been the man finding them of late and he'll be fully fit after missing out at St Andrews at the weekend.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Bournemouth: D-W-D-W-W

Wednesday: L-L-L-D-L

Head-To-Head:

Bournemouth wins: 4

Wednesday wins: 3

Draws: 5

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-1 Bournemouth

Hillsborough, 21/10/10

Ryan Garry put Bournemouth ahead in the game at Hillsborough earlier this season before Neil Mellor rescued a point for the hosts with a late leveller. Wednesday have never beaten Bournemouth in the league, with all their wins coming in cup competitions.

Next Fixtures:

v Carlisle United (A) - 26/02/11


The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 21 2011

Time: 10:30PM

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difficult game here hope we can snatch something from it have to be more solid at the back palmer and hinds to start for me
retfordowl1867
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22/02/2011 10:09:00

My team weaver hinds beavers redda spurr teale osbourne palmer jones Morrison madine
I8blades
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22/02/2011 10:30:00

would'nt disagree with that team let's see what meggo does
retfordowl1867
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22/02/2011 11:56:00

Agree with that team except give Heff a chance from start with Madine-hasnt been given a chance really.Clinton has the passion we want to see but doesnt look like scoring.Anyone know whats wrong with JJ,know hes been ill but we need him back.I know hes frustrating but he is always a threat with his pace.
leons gloves
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22/02/2011 12:18:00

i wouldn't expect jj back any time soon if ever leon, maybe we should look at playing 3 up front with heff, madine and morrison because at present the plan isn't working and the best way to take pressure off a dodgy defence is to attack and play on the front foot
Hirsty's Shinpads
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22/02/2011 12:55:00

Good point hirsty,got to be worth a try because birmingham looked like scoring every time they attacked us on Saturday.
leons gloves
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22/02/2011 16:17:00

dont want to sound pessemistic but can't see anything else than 0 points for us tonight. a draw at best, hope i'm wrong UTO
Wednesdayforlife
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22/02/2011 16:21:00

I think we can get 3 points!
sussexowl
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22/02/2011 18:54:00

 

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