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Exeter City
vs.
Wednesday

St James Park, Exeter

Saturday, February 11

3pm

WEDNESDAY won't have happy memories of Exeter's St James Park stadium after last season's 5-1 drubbing, but things are much different this season with the Owls pushing for promotion and City looking to avoid the drop.

The Grecians have won just once in their last ten matches and haven't scored in their last four - something that's left them just two points above the bottom four having played a game more than most of their rivals.

Victory will be crucial, therefore, for the hosts. But Wednesday need points for very different reasons - to cement their spot in the top-two, and boss Gary Megson will be looking for nothing less than victory.

Exeter City Team News:

The Grecians are desperate for points after picking up just one win in their last ten matches. Their form has seen them drop down the table towards the relegation zone and results will need to improve if they're to stay up.

Liam Sercombe is expected to be back and available for Paul Tisdale's men after suffering an ankle injury and Exeter have no other injury concerns going into the match.

Player to watch: Daniel Nardiello

Nardiello is Exeter's top-scorer so far this season with eight goals to his name and the Grecians will be looking to his goalscoring as one way of getting out of trouble this term. His former Barnsley links will make him want to do that bit better against the Owls.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Gary Megson is expected to ring the changes from the side that bowed out of the FA Cup against Blackpool in midweek.

The Owls boss rested a number of key players for that contest, including strikers Gary Madine and Chris O'Grady and midfielder Jose Semedo, and all are set for a return at Exeter.

Skipper Rob Jones started and came through unscathed, although defender Miguel Llera, who's impressed Megson in recent games, will be available after being cup-tied in midweek.

Other players ineligible to feature in the FA Cup were winger Mike Jones and loanee John Bostock. Both are set to return to the squad, with Bostock expected to get a starting role.

Defender Reda Johnson will be missing through suspension - he'll miss two games after collecting his tenth booking of the campaign in midweek - and Julian Bennett is set to step-in at left-back.

Player to watch: Julian Bennett

The former Nottingham Forest man has yet to win a permanent place in the Owls' back-line and, with Reda Johnson suspended, he has the chance to impress at left-back, starting down at Exeter this weekend.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Exeter: L-L-D-D-W

Wednesday: L-W-D-D-W

Head-to-Head:

Exeter wins: 6

Wednesday wins: 3

Draws: 1

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 3-0 Exeter

Hillsborough, 24/09/11

Wednesday cruised to success last time the sides met at Hillsborough earlier this season. James O'Connor opened the scoring before Gary Madine netted a brace, one from the penalty spot.

Next Fixtures:

v Stevenage (H) - 14/02/12

v Chesterfield (A) - 18/02/12


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday February 10 2012
Time: 2:18PM

Comments

0
We need 3 points tomorrow and Chesterfirld to win.Would like to see Madine get back to the form he had before his injury, not sure Madine & O'grady really gell but a win is key and a big score would make our goal diff look better, that is worth another point.
vic mobley
10/02/2012 15:38:00
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Oh and really getting fed up of Paddy McGuinness and all the adverts that keep coming on without prompting.
vic mobley
10/02/2012 15:42:00
0
I know it's stating the obvious (again!) but the sooner we can rediscover the knack of keeping clean sheets the better. I'm confident we'll field a side capable of scoring goals so let's tighten things up at the back and take this run-in by the scruff of the neck.
OurMaurice
10/02/2012 17:54:00
0
win win win nothing else will do
OWL25
10/02/2012 19:30:00
0
2-1 owls win
sussexowl
10/02/2012 20:06:00
0
6-0 to wednesday, madine 1st goalscorer, you heard it here first.
ozzietheowl
11/02/2012 12:23:00
0
Bloody rubbish Wednesday looks like we will be in this league next season.
Handsworth Owl
11/02/2012 16:46:00
0
What a shambles today apart from the 1st 8 mins of the game.Need to stop conceding from set plays infact STOP giving stupid freekicks away in dangerous areas.This shud av been 3 pts and can see this being one of the games that fecks our season up.
ollyowl70
11/02/2012 16:51:00
0
Not good enough. that hurts
vic mobley
11/02/2012 16:56:00
0
Why the feck bring two midfielders on wen we got a striker on bench unless GM was playing for a draw WHICH isnt good enough.
ollyowl70
11/02/2012 17:04:00
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