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Preview: Owls v Colchester

Colchester United

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, April 2


Another home game, another chance to end a dreadful winless league run at Hillsborough that stretches back to last year and has lead to an end-of-season relegation battle for boss Gary Megson and his troops.

Colchester United are the visitors to S6 on Saturday, a side who will be keen for three points to keep their npower League One play-off hopes alive.

Wednesday have the horror-show of a 3-1 home loss against Brentford in midweek to put firmly to the back of their heads, and Megson will have a huge task in lifting his troops for a rare win on home soil.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Gary Megson told the Sheffield Star:

"I have asked questions to every single player.

"I`m looking at it and thinking all that`s required is honesty and effort.

"Knowing that you have that and hoping that you have it are two different things.

"The team that plays on Saturday, because they`ve promised us, will have that honesty and effort.

"They can`t promise they`ll play well. They can promise they`ll try to play well. They can promise they`ll absolutely run their socks off so that at the end of the game they can`t run another yard. They can do that, because nobody can stop it.'

Wednesday Team News:

The biggest doubt for Wednesday will be over defender Rob Jones, who'll have a late fitness test against the visit of John Ward's men.

Jones suffered concussion after scoring in the midweek defeat against Brentford, and had to leave the field to be replaced by Jon Otsemobor.

Owls boss Megson is keeping everything crossed that his towering centre-back will be fit and available for selection, but he has a host of options available if not, with Michael Morrison, Mark Reynolds and Otsemobor all keen for a return to first team action.

Midfielder Giles Coke could be in contention for a return after missing the midweek game through Tonsillitis.

Megson could ring the changes elsewhere following another lacklustre home showing against the Bees.

Player to watch: Gary Madine

Madine started well for Wednesday but the goals have dried up in recent games. Wednesday's defence may have it's problems, but the Owls need to start scoring more goals at home and Madine needs to start hitting the target again.

Colchester United Team News:

Colchester come into the game full of confidence after thrashing Exeter 5-1 last weekend and having a full week to prepare for the trip to Hillsborough.

The U's have no fresh injury or suspensions concerns and boss John Ward could stick with the same team.

Ward has a welcome selection problem with centre-back Tommy Smith returning from international duty with New Zealand, and he'll be pushing for a return to the starting eleven.

John-Joe O'Toole will also raise his hand for selection after featuring for 90 minutes in a reserve team game during the week, but he's likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.

Player to watch: Steven Gillespie

Striker Steven Gillespie netted two for the U's last time out and he'll no doubt be licking his lips at coming up against a confidence-sapped Wednesday defence at Hillsborough. The striker is also playing for a new deal at the club.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: L-D-L-L-L

Colchester: W-W-L-L-L


Wednesday wins: 4

Colchester wins: 8

Draws: 5

Last Time Out:

Colchester 1-1 Wednesday

Weston Homes Community Stadium, 14/08/10

Neil Mellor struck with seven minutes to go to give the Owls a good point in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Andy Bond had given the hosts the lead with a superb strike in the 50th minute.

Next Fixtures:

v Tranmere Rovers (H) - 05/04/11

v Brighton (A) - 09/04/11

Date:Friday April 1 2011
Time: 12:12PM

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4 points from the next 2 home games is a must with Brighton away looming, sadly i dont think we are good enough, as recent home form goes anyway. My faith in GM is starting to vanish, good managers usually have a positive impact on a club from the off despite it being his team or not, we seem to be getting worse week by week. hope he can prove me wrong.
01/04/2011 12:58:00
Dont think any good manager can get this lot to perform at present they dont want it,gutless with a great lack of quality,we need to win these next 2 games maybe if they all pull there fingers out and give 120 % possible but i have my doubts with the players we have and there attitude
01/04/2011 13:50:00
You know what they say about not being able to polish a turd!! Can't wait for the summer so the vast majority of these wasters can hopefully be moved on and players brought in that are able, and want to, play for this great club. Call me mad and have me sectioned but I'm going for a 2-1 owls win tomorrow!! On another note I saw Jeffers scored the other night for Motherwell, quick get him back, ha ha ha only joking, I may be mad but I'm not that fecking mental!
01/04/2011 15:54:00
Well said di canio1974.We need to somehow beat Colchester and Tranmere because we wont get anything at Brighton,thats for sure.Brentford game was frightening,how bad we have become.Good job we got a good start otherwise we would be dead and buried by now.Our results since Christmas must be the worsed in the entire Football League.You right sussex,you cant polish a turd.But we gotta get some wins and quickly.
leons gloves
01/04/2011 16:10:00
6-2 v bristol rovers, 5-0 at hartlepool, beating runaway leaders brighton 1-0. They have shown they can get results in this league, iv always said you have to be mentally tough to play at hillsborough, the lot we have clearly arent, too soft under pressure. under irvine at least we was just inconsistant, now we are consistantly turd. My one worry is that nobody will want most of the rubbish we have in the summer.....would you sign potter?
01/04/2011 16:35:00
Only Harry and thats to borrow his invisibilty cloak, mind you thats not a bad thing to have when you leave Hillsborough.
vic mobley
01/04/2011 16:46:00
all we can say is sorry AI wish u were still here
01/04/2011 19:48:00
Am not going tomorrow as my m8's down from brum but proberly would'nt go anyway its that dire keep hopimg before every game that we have a chance but dont think we'll get anything from this one either
01/04/2011 19:58:00
Got to be a J.J. start tomorrow hes the only one in my book who can create a real threat for us and is capable of bursting thru defences just needs to have that composure when shooting instead of throwing his leg at the ball.If he can have the right attitude fot the game he could be key to our survival
01/04/2011 20:54:00
I can see another loss to behonest. Then Megson will come out moaning at the team. The whole thing is beyond a complete joke now and I am ashamed to be wednesday fan. Sort it out one way or another Milan.
01/04/2011 21:58:00
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