UK time is: 08:58:02
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Wednesday vs. Stevenage

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Tuesday, February 14

7.45pm

Owls v Stevenage preview

Wednesday will aim to get their League One promotion push back on track tonight when they welcome Stevenage to Hillsborough for the first time in a competitive contest.

The Owls slumped to defeat at struggling Exeter City at the weekend and Owls boss Gary Megson will be looking for an instant reply from his men as they look to retain their top-two spot.

Stevenage are no pushovers, however, and are targeting a somewhat shock inclusion in the top-six of their own. They're one of the form sides of the division and will relish the trip to S6.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Gary Megson told the Sheffield Star:

'They've had a terrific season so far. They gave us a real good hiding (5-1). That was a bit of a watershed for us; from that point we were fantastic.

'Some of the things we are doing at the moment aren't what I would have expected five or six weeks ago. We need to keep moving forward.

'Stevenage are fit, powerful and organised; they've also got some good technicians.'

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Gary Megson could make changes to the side that lost at Exeter at the weekend.

Megson was scathing in his review of the match and called for more attacking penetration from his side. Jermaine Johnson aside, that means the Owls boss could look to tinker with his attacking options. Clinton Morrison and Ryan Lowe will both be eager for games given the poor form of Gary Madine and Chris O'Grady, while Chris Lines will also be keen for a recall after dropping to the bench in recent matches.

Winger Mike Jones has also been a fixture on the substitutes' bench of late and could be handed a start.

Defender Reda Johnson sits out the second game of his two-match suspension, while Julian Bennett set to continue in his place at left-back.

Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson

The Jamaican winger is in a rich vein of form, despite the Owls suffering a worrying dip in form of late, and Gary Megson could be relying on JJ to continue his recent impressive goal return against Boro.

Stevenage Team News:

New Stevenage boss Gary Smith has been in charge for three weeks since the departure of Graham Westley to Preston but he's had only one game in charge thanks to two games being postponed.

That game was an FA Cup victory against Notts County and Smith is eager to continue where Westley left off - meaning he'd love a win in South Yorkshire tonight.

Player to watch: Chris Beardsley

Beardsley is Stevenage's top-scorer so far this season with nine goals to his name and he'll be looking to take advantage of Wednesday's recently leaky defence in S6 tonight.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Wednesday: L-L-W-D-D

Stevenage: W-W-D-W-W

Head-to-Head:

Wednesday wins: 0

Stevenage wins: 1

Draws: 0

Last Time Out:

Stevenage 5-1 Wednesday

Broadhall Way - 13/9/2011

Stevenage hit five to put Wednesday to the sword in the first competitive game between the two sides earlier this season. Craig Reid, John Mousinho, Michael Bostwick, Laurie Wilson and Darius Charles scored the Stevenage goals. Wednesday's consolation came from Gary Madine and Jermaine Johnson was sent-off late on.

Next Fixtures:

v Chesterfield (A) - 18/2/12

v Sheffield United (H) - 26/2/12




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 14 2012

Time: 9:35AM

Your Comments

need a response tonight get fingers out lads
retfordowl1867
Now is the time to get behind the team (aimed at all the boo boys), if we can get back to winning ways then all we need is a few other results to go our way and we will be back in control of our own destiny. GM needs to give Lowe a chance from the start partner him with 5 touch O'Grady they seem to play well together,bring Lines back into the team and have JJ or Bostock as an impact sub. My pref line up @ the moment would be:- Bywater, Buxton, Batth, llera, Bennett as Reda suspended Lines, Semedo, Prutton, JJ or Bostock O'Grady, Lowe On another note anyone else notice that our form has dropped as JJ has found his think I prefered it the other way round.
SWFC Tubes 84
Agreed tubes we all really need to get behind the team tonight and get us back to winning ways. Can't help but think it was a mistake to lay down like we did against Blackpool.Like someone else has said going out half hearted like that then expecting us to just turn it back on again was a mistake in my opinion UTO!!!!!!.
Fowlowl
I think the best results tonight will be a Huddersfield win & MK Dons win along with our victory of course then last weekes defeat would not have too much affect on us with the pigs losing ground on the points and winning their games in hand will be a must. We go again then on a match or so very productive run. We are due a results combination to go our way along with us scoring the winning goals in the last minutes (apparently football evens its self out through the seson) UTO
andymac-scoresagoal
should be 10 match or so (Number lock eh)
andymac-scoresagoal
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Madine joins Coventry City on loan (Thursday October 30 2014)

Westwood called up to Ireland squad (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Everton recall Hope from Owls loan (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Owls out to improve Hillsborough form (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Gray pleased with Brentford point (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Owls youngster makes England U20 squad (Thursday October 2 2014)

Gray hopeful over Lees injury setback (Sunday September 28 2014)

Archived Sheffield Wednesday Articles

List All Vital Wednesday Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Charlton 14 5 7 2 1 22
10. Ipswich 14 5 6 3 4 21
11. Cardiff 14 5 4 5 1 19
12. Sheff Wed 14 4 7 3 0 19
13. Brentford 14 5 4 5 -3 19
14. Reading 14 5 3 6 -5 18
15. Millwall 14 4 5 5 -2 17

Breaking League News

Bennett In Talks Over Brighton Loan
Norwich : 01/11/2014 08:41:00
Arthurworrey Out On Loan
Fulham : 01/11/2014 08:27:00
Rovers Reviews: Reading (h)
Blackburn : 01/11/2014 08:11:00
LUFC Redfearn - I have an assistant in mind
Leeds Utd : 01/11/2014 08:00:00
LUFC Cellino admits to being a trouble-maker
Leeds Utd : 01/11/2014 08:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How Will Wednesday do this season?
Suggested By:  
Top 2 14%
Play-offs 27%
Mid-table 50%
Relegation scrap 8%
Relegated 1%