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Preview: Owls v Swindon Town

Wednesday
vs.
Swindon Town

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Monday, April 25

3pm

Wednesday could hammer the final nail into Swindon Town's League One coffin when the two sides meet at Hillsborough on Easter Monday.

The Robins are six points adrift of safety and sit rock-bottom of the division going into clash, meaning they could be officially relegation in S6.

Wednesday will have their attentions firmly on enjoying a positive end to the campaign though and will no doubt be looking for maximum points in their penultimate home match of the season.

Vital Quotes:

Swindon boss Paul Hart told the official Town website:

'I would think it's going to be pretty difficult from here on in,' he said.

'You win three games and you never know, but it's very tough now.

'The boys have worked very hard in the five or six weeks that we've been here, but perhaps it was slightly late in the appointment.

'I think there is a great chance of getting points up there (in Monday's clash with Sheffield Wednesday) but it's a massive task now.'

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday have no fresh injury or suspension concerns for Monday's clash but boss Gary Megson could ring the changes given the lack of time off following Saturday's 1-1 draw at Walsall.

Jermaine Johnson, Darren Potter, Chris Sedgwick and Clinton Morrison were amongst the substitutes at Walsall and could start against Swindon if Megson looks to freshen things up in his starting eleven.

Goalkeeper Nicky Weaver also made the bench on Saturday but Monday's clash could be too soon for a return - giving Richard O'Donnell another chance to impress in goal.

Player to watch: Neil Mellor

Swindon have a poor away record this season and Wednesday could well be looking to bag a confidence-boosting home win - for the fans and for the players - against the basement side. Mellor and his fellow Owls strikers will be keen to find the back of the net.

Swindon Town Team News:

The Robins look destined for League Two football next season after they fell to a home defeat against relegation rivals Notts County at the weekend.

The loss all-but confirmed their relegation but Paul Hart's men won't be throwing the towel in just yet and will go gung-ho for victory at S6.

The defeat against the Magpies could see Hart make some changes to his starting eleven but he has no new injury or suspension concerns for the trip to South Yorkshire.

Former Owls players David Lucas and Jon-Paul McGovern are both expected to feature for the Robins.

Player to watch: Jon-Paul McGovern

McGovern was a key part of the Wednesday side that last got promotion from League One and he'll have fond memories of his time at Hillsborough. He won't be look forward to this trip though, with relegation a real possibility for his current side.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Wednesday: D-W-L-W-W

Swindon: L-L-W-D-L

Head-To-Head:

Wednesday wins: 14

Swindon wins: 13

Draws: 6

Last Time Out:

Swindon 2-1 Wednesday

County Ground, 04/12/10

Former Owl Jon-Paul McGovern scored the winner as Town took the points last time out. Charlie Austin broke the deadlock before Clinton Morrison levelled, only for McGovern to net the second-half winner.

Next Fixtures:

v Bristol Rovers (A) - 30/04/11


Writer:Nick
Date:Sunday April 24 2011
Time: 10:45AM

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Comments

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Will be a shame to send JP down but needs must i'm afraid.
DEZZYP
25/04/2011 12:56:00
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Another good performance, looked a bit wobbly at times but a massive improvent compared to what we've seen this season. Really do think megsons the man got them playing as a team. P.s get bloody mellor signed or at least try to get him.
OWL25
25/04/2011 18:01:00
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