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The County Ground, Nottingham

Saturday, March 17


Wednesday face one of their toughest matches between now and the end of the season when they visit sixth-placed Notts County this weekend.

The Owls could move into the automatic promotion spots come 5.45pm on Saturday if they beat the Magpies and Sheffield United lose at home against Tranmere - but the focus will be firmly on a good performance, and the right result, against the Magpies.

Dave Jones has won both of his matches in emphatic style since taking full control of Wednesday but Keith Curle's side will prove a tough nut to crack thanks to a six-game unbeaten run going into the game.

Vital Quotes:

Magpies boss Keith Curle told The Nottingham Post:

'You can't tell me that we can't get Meadow Lane absolutely bouncing.

'When we played Charlton there was a great atmosphere and it spurred them on. It's got to be there for us.

'We want our fans bouncing, knowing the players are going to go out and perform.

'We need them to enjoy watching the players showcasing their abilities.'

Notts County Team News:

The Magpies will be buzzing going into this weekend's clash thanks to their good run of form. A 4-2 win at league leaders Charlton Athletic last time out highlights the quality within the County squad and their play-off potential.

They'll also be boosted with the loan arrival of former Wednesday winger Lloyd Sam, who's joined County on a emergency loan deal until the end of the season from Leeds United. Sam is expected to go straight into the squad.

Striker Lee Hughes will also be available for selection after serving a three-match suspension. County are hardly shot-shy in his absence, however, with Jonathan Forte scoring a hat-trick at The Valley last weekend.

Stephen Hunt (ankle) and Jude Sterling (thigh) will definitely be out.

Player to watch: Jonathan Forte

The on-loan Southampton hitman will be in confident mood for the visit of the Owls having hit the 'perfect' hat-trick at Charlton last weekend - one with his left foot, one with his right and one with his head.

Wednesday Team News:

It could be 'same again' for Wednesday after they demolished Bournemouth within ten minutes at Hillsborough last weekend.

Manager Dave Jones has stuck with the same starting eleven for his first two games fully in charge and could be tempted to do the same again, although it'll be first first away match at the helm.

Reda Johnson will offer him options after returning from injury. The Benin defender has been sidelined for the last three games through a hamstring injury but Julian Bennett has been performing well in his place at left-back.

Jermaine Johnson is also nearing a return to action but he won't be part of this weekend's squad. Jon Otsemobor will also be unavailable after undergoing a knee operation.

Player to watch: Michail Antonio

The on-loan Reading winger has been on-fire in his last few matches, creating goals and scoring them. He's been Wednesday's main creative outlet and Jones will be looking for more of the same for the talented wing wizard at County.

Match Facts & Stats


County: W-D-W-W-W

Wednesday: W-W-D-W-L


County wins: 21

Wednesday wins: 31

Draws: 17

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-1 Notts County

Hillsborough; Saturday, August 20

Jeff Hughes fired County into a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the reverse fixture at S6 before second-half strikes from Julian Bennett and Gary Madine saw the Owls to victory. Neil Bishop also saw red for County late on.

Next Fixtures:

v Walsall (H) - 20/3/12

v Leyton Orient (A) - 24/3/12

Date:Friday March 16 2012
Time: 12:10PM

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Still not sure which of our strike partnerships works best.Think that is a poor reflection on our front four hitmen this late on in the season Madine does'nt seem the same player scince his injury. O'grady puts a lot of work in but not enough end product.Ryan Lowe dont think we play to his strengths should score a lot more goals at this level Morrison what can you say not had much of a chance by Megson, talks a good game but again lacks in the final quarter. But on a brighter note hope we put 4 past county obviously from midfield, or back four from set piece's
vic mobley
16/03/2012 13:03:00
Madine will come good with Lowe. We've scored seven in our last two games, something's going well!
16/03/2012 13:35:00
I'm not really cocerned about Notts Co . I think we will be put under early pressure, but we will deal with it and leave with all three points. Score line anybody's guess, but so long as we score one more than them it will do for me. Can't see Tranmere beating the blunts, but i'd settle for a draw. Onwards and Up
Kettering OWL 1963
16/03/2012 16:26:00
Heart says narrow wednesday win (2-1) but head's thinking a draw (1-1)!!
16/03/2012 16:36:00
Great result, looks like I should let my heart rule my head!!
17/03/2012 18:01:00
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