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Preview: Owls v Peterborough

Peterborough United

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Tuesday, March 15


Wednesday will desperately look to end a run of over three months without a league win at Hillsborough when Peterborough United visit tonight.

The Owls have seen their npower League One play-off hopes all-but ended thanks to their dire home form, highlighted in the 1-0 home loss against Notts County at the weekend.

It may be too late to salvage a top-six spot for Gary Megson and his men, but it's not too late to salvage some pride before the end of the season - and Wednesdayites will hope that starts tonight against Posh.

A 5-3 defeat against Posh last month spelt the end of Alan Irvine's reign at Wednesday, and the Owls will look for a bit of revenge tonight.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Gary Megons told the Sheffield Star:

'We know the danger, the quality they have. If we sit back and let them do what they want, they'll turn us over because of the quality of the forward players they have.

'We have to be a lot more aggressive - not in terms of belting people all over the show, but we have to take the game to them.

'If we get ourselves playing in the right manner, then we'll start getting results.'

Posh boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

'Any time you go to Sheffield Wednesday it's a tough game regardless of where they are.

'They've got some good players, players who probably feel they should be in the Championship.

'We're in good form, we're looking fairly solid, but we'll be severely tested and we'll have to be at our best to win.'

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday have a double doubt ahead of the visit of Posh with striker Gary Madine and midfielder Isaiah Osbourne struggling to be fit.

The former Carlisle United hitman missed the 1-0 home loss against Notts County on Saturday and will be given a late fitness test before Megson announces tonight's squad.

Osbourne, on-loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season, could also join the injury list after picking up a knock against the Magpies.

It could mean Giles Coke wins a place back in the Owls midfield, while James O'Connor and Darren Potter will also be chomping at the bit for a return.

Megson could also tinker with his formation after trying two up top on Saturday - both Clinton Morrison and Neil Mellor started in attack - and coulld revert to a five-man midfield.

Player to watch: Clinton Morrison

Morrison was a frustrated figure on Saturday as he failed to find the back of the net, but in the absence of Gary Madine he'll need to be at the top of his game to help silence the doubters and fire Wednesday to what would be three big points.

Peterborough United Team News:

Peterborough arrive at Hillsborough on the back of a 6-0 thumping of Carlisle United at the weekeend and boss Darren Fergsuon is unlikely to make any changes.

Posh have no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

They turned down a bid for star man Craig Mackail-Smith from Norwich City and the striker will no doubt be buoyed by the interested ahead of the trip to South Yorkshire.

Midfielder Lee Frecklington remains sidelined with a hernia injury.

Player to watch: Craig Mackail-Smith

Mackail-Smith has been Peterborough's star man this season and he'll be looking to fire Posh to another victory at Hillsborough tonight. Subject of a recent bid from Norwich City, which was rejected.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: L-W-L-W-D

Posh: W-W-W-W-D


Wednesday wins: 8

Peterborough wins: 4

Draws: 4

Last Time Out:

Peterborough 5-3 Wednesday

London Road, 01/02/11

In a game which proved to be Alan Irvine's last as Wednesday manager, Posh saw off ten-man Wednesday in an eight-goal thriller at London Road. Goals from Jermaine Johnson, Gary Madine and Chris Sedgwick put the Owls 3-2 up before Darren Potter saw red and Posh ran away with victory late on.

Next Fixtures:

v Southampton (A) - 19/03/11

Date:Tuesday March 15 2011
Time: 2:23PM

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cant see us getting anything from tonight even as a season ticket holder am doubting if i should go for me coke should come back in push the midfield forward jj in for sedge and heff for mellor why not give the lad a try
15/03/2011 14:28:00
'They've got some good players, players who probably feel they should be in the Championship.' This phrase haunts me!! It's been said to much this season, any player in our team that feels that way are truely not worthy of the shirt! If they think they are worthy of a higher flight they didn't show it while in the Championship and especially haven't shown they are championship players this season. The Posh haven't suffered the same issues they just want to be back in the second tier more than anything and have played in a way that reflects this... Stop thinking about what should or could of been and deal with the reality! Come on you blue and white Wizards if you've got it in ya then show us all!! The gauntlet has been laid down! It's a shame Issiah may be injured as he is the sort of player we have needed all season in the middle of the park and each time I've seen him he's seemed to improve... A player who probably thinks he should be in the top flight but at least gives his all when he gets on the pitch!! The Ginger Ninja and Harry may be chomping at the bit to get a start but they are in no way good enough and will allow the Posh to play their game!
15/03/2011 14:41:00
I know how you feel 'retford' I wonder about staying away sometimes but then Wednesday is my Religion and Hillsborough my Church. I will be there and I will sing loud and proud even though on the North stand I'm often singing on my own!! I wont get on their backs from my seat as I think that when the crowd turns on the players their heads drop further. They need the support that should be offered and that sometimes they don't seemingly deserve. I know we've been waiting 3 months plus at home for a win but you can feel the tension in the ground and that must affect them out on the pitch. I wouldn't bet on the result but if I can get odds on Weaver decking Johnson if he sells him out again that may be worth a punt!. WTID
15/03/2011 14:51:00
Darren Ferguson wot a to$$er,he knows nowt and now thks hes a class manager cos hes back at a team who wud do well even if Irvine was in charge,he did nowt at preston.
15/03/2011 15:07:00
He probably rings Daddy most nights for instructions on what to do next!! If not asking for wisdom he's probably trying to tap him for yet another cut price loan player from Old Trafford!
15/03/2011 15:56:00
i'm just hoping we don't get hammered tonight: Peterborough have scored 100 goals in all competitions - 15 of them in the last three games. They have also kept four successive clean sheets.
Patrick Blondeau
15/03/2011 16:23:00
Isn't it a grim reflection of our season when all we have left to keep hold of is hope! :(
15/03/2011 16:32:00
what odds on a 0-0? pretty high i would expect! there will be goals thats for sure.
15/03/2011 19:23:00
0-3 Half time. We are going down and don't be suprised if Megson gets the sack. What a total disgrace this club has become. Mandaric you are going to need to spend a fair wack of your cash this summer to get a return on this club. Oh and you might as well sack Megson. New man comes in made no difference at all I am sick to death of this. No more for me. Get rid get Big Ron in till summer sort these bunch W****rs out then get new man in summer new players and move on. What a disaster. We are staring relegation in the face BIG TIME!
15/03/2011 20:42:00
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