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Owls v Walsall preview


Hillsborough, Sheffield

Tuesday, March 20


Owls boss Dave Jones will look to make it four wins from four since taking over at Hillsborough when Walsall visit tonight.

Jones has convincingly won all three matches since his arrival to get Wednesday back on level points with second-placed Sheffield United.

It means victory tonight, coupled with the Blades dropping points at Notts County, would see Wednesday move back into the automatic promotion spots.

But a late turnaround and 2-1 defeat at the Bescot Stadium over the festive period will put the Owls on alert against the Saddlers.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Dave Jones told the official SWFC website:

'I'm pleased with everybody because the front two can't score unless the players behind are supplying them, so as a team effort it has been superb.

'Players will make mistakes but as long as they keep believing in what they are doing, then they'll keep striving on but I'm pleased with everybody.

'Walsall are struggling, they need points to survive, we need points for different reasons so we know this next game will be a tough battle.

'But we're the home side and we'll have to do what we have been doing over the last few weeks while I've been here.'

Wednesday Team News:

It could be 'as you were' for the fourth game on the spin for Wednesday, although there are some niggling injury concerns.

Skipper Rob Jones is expected to be fit and available to return after leaving the pitch early at Notts County through a neck injury. Miguel Llera will come in to replace him if not fully fit.

Gary Madine will also undergo a late fitness test on a hamstring injury but the game is expected to come too soon for a start for Reda Johnson and his namesake Jermaine, who are both back in training.

Player to watch: Michail Antonio

The man of the moment at Wednesday. Grabbing goals and creating them, the on-loan Reading man will be key again for the Owls tonight.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall will be battling for everything as they look to avoid a drop down to League 2.

The Saddlers fell to a 2-1 defeat against Yeovil Town last time out and may arrive at S6 just looking to avoid defeat and make it tricky for their hosts.

Boss Dean Smith, a former Owls player, could stick with the same starting eleven for tonight's match despite their weekend defeat.

Richard Taundry is likely to miss out through a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Jon Macken

The former Manchester City, Preston and Barnsley striker is Walsall's top-scorer with seven goals to his name so-far this season. His experience will be key in helping the Saddlers avoid the drop.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: W-W-W-D-W

Walsall: L-D-W-D-D


Wednesday wins: 10

Walsall wins: 4

Draws: 7

Last Time Out:

Walsall 2-1 Wednesday

The Bescot Stadium, 26/12/11

Wednesday led through Ryan Lowe's 60th-minute strike but Walsall won in dramatic fashion, scoring twice late on to steal victory from defeat.

Next Fixtures:

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

Date:Tuesday March 20 2012
Time: 5:07PM


Same again please lads... attack, attack, attack, pass, pass, pass and don't be afraid to lose the ball....WTID
20/03/2012 18:34:00
Typical Wednesday we never take advantage of a situation, lucky we got something from that game and can't knock the pigs for that result. Still 2 points behind so not too bad I suppose could of been worse.
20/03/2012 21:48:00
It's not too bad at all really. I didn't expect Dave Jones to walk in make no new signings and us to suddenly win every game till the end of the season. What is encouraging is the last minute equaliser, strikers scoring goals, the win against Notts County on Saturday and the fact we are playing well. I personally believe we are a better side than Sheffield United and I think over the remaining games we will better them and take second spot. Two points is nothing in the long run. UTO
20/03/2012 22:11:00
Simple not good enough Wednesday, and it looks like O'Grady to Barnsley, lets hope that we can bring some new faces in, i think we may need them.
ecco owl
20/03/2012 22:36:00
Reverse of last Saturday's results: we draw, everybody else we're needing to watch, won. Goal at the death is encouraging. I wasn't there - but did we really dominate the game as much as the Wednesday website says. WE didn't score 5 - why?
cheshire cat
20/03/2012 22:45:00
What is it with us and the bottom / lower team's. We just don't seem to be able to finish 'em off. Could cost us. Hope not!
Kettering OWL 1963
20/03/2012 22:55:00
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