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Preview: Morecambe v Owls


The Globe Arena, Morecambe

Sunday, November 13


On Sky

Wednesday turn their attentions the FA Cup action this weekend when they take on npower League Two high-fliers Morecambe in the first round proper of the prestigious competition.

Owls boss Gary Megson took the JP Trophy and League Cup competitions lightly but won't do the same in the world's oldest cup competition. He's set to field a strong-looking side for what will be a potential banana skin against the Shrimps.

Morecambe sit fifth in League Two and will fancy their chances, especially after seeing the match picked for live ESPN coverage. Both sides will also know their opponents in the second round going into the contest.

Vital Quotes:

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley told the club's official website:

'Whatever happens this is a great occasion for the club and I want everyone to celebrate it.

I really want our fans to get behind us and make a big noise. I would really like to see a wall of red on the terraces and as many flags as possible around the ground with everyone out for an enjoyable day.

I always remember the atmosphere at Christie Park the day we beatYork to get to Wembley. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up that day and I would love the same to happen again on Sunday. It is going to be a very tough game but if everyone gets right behind us it will be a special afternoon and we could create a bit of a shock.''

Owls assistant boss Chris Evans told the Sheffield Star:

"It is not rocket science that we will won`t be turning out the same side as we did last weekend so it is important for the fringe players to stake their claim and impress.

"Gary (Megson) will give opportunities to everyone in the squad. If they step up to the plate, the team will pick itself."

Morecambe Team News:

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley will be keeping his eye on the fitness of a trio of players ahead of Sunday's clash - which will be first live televised game ever at the Globe Arena.

Will Haining, Jason Price and Laurence Wilson all missed Morecambe's draw at Plymouth last time out but all three will be hoping for a return in their big day in the FA Cup.

Haining and Price are likely to make the squad but Wilson is the most likely of the trio to miss out, though Bentley will give them all until the last minute to prove their fitness.

Other than that, Morecambe have no fresh injury or suspension concerns from their last match.

One noticeable feature will be their squad's joint decision to take part in 'Movember' - and all will be sporting varying degrees of a moustache for the television cameras.

Player to watch: Danny Carlton

The Leeds-born striker is in his second spell with Morecambe, after coming through the club's youth ranks. He has a good goals-to-game ratio with the Shrimps and is currently their joint top scorer in the league with six goals to his name.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Gary Megson is expected to make changes to his usual match day squad, but not to the extent that he did in the JP Trophy and League Cup competitions.

Some will be forced, with loanee duo Ben Marshall and Stephen Bywater both unavailable in-line with their loan deals, although fellow loanee Danny Batth has been allowed to play by parent club Wolves.

Wednesday will have top-scorer Gary Madine back and available following a two-match suspension, and he's likely to find his way back into the starting eleven.

Fringe players such as Jermaine Johnson, Clinton Morrison and Liam Palmer could all get starts, while Richard O'Donnell is set to take the place of Bywater in goal.

Player to watch: Gary Madine

Madine has been missing for the Owls' last two games through suspension and he'll be keen to return with a bang against the Shrimps. Wednesday's top-scorer so far this term, Madine will aim to fire his side into the next round.

Match Facts & Stats


Owls: D-W-L-W-D

Morecambe: D-W-D-W-D


This will be the first time the sides have played each other in any competitive match.

Next Fixtures:

v Tranmere Rovers (A) - 19/11/11

v Leyton Orient (H) - 26/11/11

Date:Friday November 11 2011
Time: 1:45PM

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Well this one is going to be interesting if nothing else. A cup tie against a team we've never played before, relative newcomers to the league, a full house away from home, national live TV coverage albeit a minor satellite channel, and the incentive for the winners (or otherwise) known prior to kick-off. The words 'upset' and 'banana skin' have already been used and with talk of promotion being our only objective some might rightly accuse us of getting our excuses prepared early. Don't get me wrong, I'll guarantee there'll be no-one representing SWFC at Morecambe, players, staff or fans, who'll be willing to accept anything less than a worthy professional performance but this is the FA Cup after all and other factors often come into play. GM's hand has already been forced due to the availability of certain players and injuries to others but he has some major decisions to make as well. We remember him resting the entire team (almost) vs. Blackpool and then losing the next match at Bournemouth. We won't underestimate the importance of getting a result at Tranmere but it would be far better to travel there on the back of another morale boosting away victory over tricky opposition. And then there's Gary Madine, a player no doubt keen to return to form and make amends for past mistakes, who remains one booking away from further suspension. Is it too risky to pit him against some fired-up underdog defenders and a ref with a reputation of throwing cards around like confetti? Like I said, it's going to be interesting.
11/11/2011 23:27:00
I personally think play Madine or at least put him on the bench,the fifth yellow card is inevitable better to get it out of the way now than to have it hanging over us coming up to a busy Christmas program when we need all squad players to be fit and suspension free.
vic mobley
12/11/2011 08:48:00
Agree Vic, it's gonna come so lets get it out of the way! If I know Mego like I think I do, he'll be telling him to pick one up over the next few games so he's available for the Huddersfield game!
Owls That!
12/11/2011 10:20:00
we should pick our best team to win this game and we should continue to keep a settled team. obviously we are going to get injuries and suspensions but we deal with them individually when they occur. i am old fashioned in that i think we should keep a settled team for all games and try to win each game. when atkinson got us out of div 2 in '91 he picked his best team for every league and cup game and as a result created an unstoppable team spirit that led to us being promoted and winning the league cup. don't mess about gary win this game
Hirsty's Shinpads
12/11/2011 13:52:00
Hirsty's for president.
12/11/2011 23:38:00
bywater is not allowed to play. this is ridiculous, he is so out of favour at derby that he is not even part of the first team squad. he is never playing for them again so why put in his loan that he can't play for us?
Hirsty's Shinpads
13/11/2011 14:23:00
Great professional performance from the lads, the ref was shocking, gave us nothing all game and then gave them a ridiculous penalty to get them back into it but the defence and keeper stood strong and were outstanding throughout, Reda Johnson and Danny Batth were immense. Great draw in round 2 so things are looking good. JJ was crap and my dad and I were screaming at the tv at times mainly for GM to take him off, everyone else put in a decent shift, central defenders and Semedo and Lines stood out for me.
13/11/2011 20:20:00
good write up sussex, hit the nail on the head. good team performance and we deserved to go thru, it shouldn't have been as stressful as that at the end though. for me jj should not be picked again. he is the most selfish player i have ever seen. he never looks to pass the ball and is only intent on trying to score a wonder goal but he only manages this once in a blue moon and the rest of the time he loses the ball and leaves us defending from what should have been a good attacking position.
Hirsty's Shinpads
13/11/2011 22:44:00
A great result which was highlighted as a Bananna skin.What the hell is wrong with JJ he cannot string a pass together or run at anyone.His heart does not look in the right place anymore.I would also say JOC had a good game and once again gives not skill but 100 grafft.I would rather see a flair player in his role though.
14/11/2011 08:36:00
Probably a case of bad timing that Palmer was away on international duty again, I'm pretty sure he'd have been given a decent runout yesterday. Never mind, great result and the draw has been quite favourable so maybe that'll prove to be Palmer's big chance in the spotlight. Until the Marshall situation's been resolved one way or another we need to find some creative options out wide.
14/11/2011 09:23:00
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