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Preview: Dag & Red v Owls

Dagenham & Redbridge

Victoria Road

Saturday, March 26


TWO words Wednesdayites certainly won't have been expecting to hear at the start of the season would have been 'relegation battle', but that's exactly what the Owls are in the mix of ahead of their trip to fellow strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge this weekend.

Wednesday sit just four points above the npower League One relegation places ahead of the clash with Daggers, who trail Wednesday by just three points and will move level if they bag three points at Victoria Road.

Another defeat for Gary Megson's men could mean big trouble for the Owls as the season reaches its 'business end'

But Wednesday defeated the Daggers 2-0 on the first day of the season and will be bolstered by two more new loan additions on Thursday, who will go straight into the squad.

Dagenham & Redbridge Team News:

Dagenham will be without the services of full-back Oluwafemi Ilesanmi as he sits out the first of a two-game suspension.

The left-back was dismissed in the Daggers ' draw with Leyton Orient and tried to overturn the suspension, but his appeal was dismissed.

Wednesday weren't the only side to bolster their squad with loan additions before Thursday's emergency loan deadline, and the Daggers could give debut to midfielder Oliver Lee, who arrived at Victoria Road from West Ham.

Solomon Taiwo is still struggling for fitness following an ankle injury and is unlikely to make it in time for the Owls visit but Cameron Lancaster, another new loan addition, is expected to be part of the squad.

Player to watch: Oliver Lee

The new loan addition, from West Ham, is expected to make the squad and he'll be keen for a good debut in front of his own fans.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Gary Megson is expected to throw new loan signings Joey O'Brien and Lee Nicholls straight into the squad for the trip down the M1.

O'Brien arrives at S6 for a second loan stint from Bolton Wanderers and could slot straight into the Owls midfield, while Nicholls is expected to take the number one jersey from Richard O'Donnell, who filled in for the injured Nicky Weaver at Southampton last week.

Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns but Megson is expected to change things around following last weeks 2-0 defeat against the Saints.

Player to watch: Joey O'Brien

O'Brien returns to S6 for his second loan spell and is expected to play some part, whether it be a starting role and from the bench, and Wednesdayites will be keen to see if he can offer the same qualities that helped the Owls up the League One ladder last time.

Match Facts & Stats


Daggers: D-W-D-W-W

Wednesday: L-L-L-W-L


Daggers wins: 0

Draws: 0

Wednesday wins: 1

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-0 Dag & Red

Hillsborough, 07/08/10

A Scott Doe own goal and Clinton Morrison strike inside the first 15 minutes gave Wednesday victory on the first day of the season back in August. It was the first time the sides had met competitively.

Next Fixtures:

v Brentford (H) - 29/03/11

v Colchester (H) - 02/04/11

Date:Friday March 25 2011
Time: 3:13PM


dare i say 6 pointer ? Got to win this one why is o'donnell being dropped was are best player last week this nicholls lad must have something bout him
25/03/2011 16:21:00
just got my tickets for tomorrow - anyone going down might want to take note of the fact the tube isn't running to dagenham due to engineering works so it might take quite a bit longer to get to the ground - i'd check TFL website as you might need to leave a bit longer to get there. UP THE OWLS
Patrick Blondeau
25/03/2011 17:05:00
retfordowl who says that o'donnell as been dropped m8?.
25/03/2011 18:03:00
Sori just read above,and i agree odennell deserves his place in the side he wasnt to blame for either of them goals.
25/03/2011 18:04:00
That is absolute bull$hit if O'Donnell is dropped for someone 3 years younger than him when everyone was demanding experience!? J'OB straight in yes as he's miles better than any player in his position but to replace O'Donnell when he excelled when called upon is ludicrous? Megson is starting to test my patience already with some of his decision making processes? Unless this Nicholls scores a hat trick!
Owls That!
25/03/2011 22:06:00
Absolute shambles by the ref costing us full points.And Megson wot ru playing @,drawing and u swap a midfielder for a midfielder,surely a forward wud av made more sense and Madine was struggling up there on his own.Not happy wot so ever,iam so angry and uckin stressed Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
26/03/2011 15:09:00
Absolute shambles by the ref costing us full points.And Megson wot ru playing @,drawing and u swap a midfielder for a midfielder,surely a forward wud av made more sense and Madine was struggling up there on his own.Not happy wot so ever,iam so angry and uckin stressed Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
26/03/2011 15:23:00
So angry i typed it twice lol
26/03/2011 15:36:00
I agree ollyowl. You expect a homer playing away from home but he took it to a different level. He couldn't wait to book O'Donnell. It was the worst game of football I've seen for a long time, hoof ball in the extreme. I thought we battled well but never got a grip in the game. It seems Megson thinks we have to abandon football in this division. Maybe he's right. 1-0 up, we could have given Madine support, add another forward, Madine wins everything but its difficult to flick it on to yourself. On a positive, at least we battled, Jones looks a good addition at this level.
26/03/2011 20:42:00
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