UK time is: 08:04:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Wednesday vs. Preston NE

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, March 31


Owls v PNE preview

Three points is the requirement from Wednesday when Preston visit Hillsborough as the Owls look to continue piling the pressure on second-placed Sheffield United.

Victory over the Deepdale club would take Wednesday second for a few hours at least - the Owls kick-off at 12.45pm on Sky with United kicking-off at the regular 3pm time.

The Owls eased to victory the last time the sides met and are the form side going into the game, but North End will be looking to bounce back following their disappointing midweek defeat.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Dave Jones told the Sheffield Star:

"Anything is possible while there are still enough points there. We have to keep chasing. If you give up on it and take your foot off the gas and they (Charlton) do falter, then you`ll kick yourself.

"So we are now full foot to the floor in everything we do, whether it be training, the way we approach it or what I play. Everything is full throttle now and that`s the way it`s got to be right to the end."

He continued: "They`ll want to come to Hillsborough and play well. We know the pitfalls. We just have to make sure we don`t fall into them."

PNE boss Graham Westley told the official Preston website:

'I would expect the team to go into Saturday's game with a real relish. It is a fantastic fixture, there will be a big crowd and it is going to be a great surface.

'It is going to be a great opportunity to put themselves on show in front of the TV cameras and I think it is the perfect game to bounce back.'

Wednesday Team News:

Defender Danny Batth is fit and available for a return to action after missing last week's 1-0 win at Leyton Orient through a hamstring injury. Miguel Llera stepped in last week and helped the Owls keep a clean sheet - so will Dave Jones bring the on-loan centre-back straight back in to the starting eleven?

New loan recruits Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy will also be pushing for their first starts since joining the Owls. Both players were substitutes last weekend and will be keen to play in front of their new supporters.

Wednesday have no fresh injury or suspension concerns.

Player to watch: Michail Antonio

Wednesday fans should get a first glimpse of new loan duo Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy at S6 on Saturday but Michail Antonio is still the form man for the Owls. The on-loan Reading attacker is a threat through assists and goals.

Preston NE Team News:

North End boss Graham Westley has rated former Owls forward Neil Mellor as 'unlikely' to feature tis weekend, although that assessment did come on Tuesday.

Mellor, who impressed on-loan with the Owls from Preston last season, will be desperate to feature however and could be included on the bench for the trip to his former stomping ground.

The Lancashire club have also been nursing Welsh international defender Craig Morgan back to full fitness following injury, although he'll be touch and go for their trip across the Pennines.

Morgan has returned as a substitute and Westley has said the defender could be back in the first team sooner rather than later, although whether he'll be fully fit for a run-out from the start at S6 is unknown.

Player to watch: Iain Hume

The battling former Barnsley and Leicester City striker is North End's joint top-scorer so far this season with nine goals alongside Neil Mellor. His pace, power and never-say-die attitude will be a threat to the Wednesday defence.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: W-D-W-W-W



Wednesday wins: 38

PNE wins: 40

Draws: 23

Last Time Out:

PNE 0-2 Wednesday

Deepdale, 31/12/11

The Owls brought 2011 to an end in winning fashion with a comprehensive 2-0 victory in Lancashire the last time the sides met. First-half goals from Danny Batth and Ben Marshall gave Wednesday a comfortable win.

Next Fixtures:

v Huddersfield Town (A) - 7/4/12

v Oldham Athletic (H) - 9/4/12

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:Friday March 30 2012

Time: 4:12PM

Your Comments

pass pass pass, win win win WTID
We look like a very good side these days. All midfielders comfortable on the ball, decent pace in the middle and great pace on the flanks. Defence looking solid. Gary Madine banging them in and 3 potentially very good strike partners. Best side in the division at the moment lets hope we get what we deserve and Automatic promotion is ours! Just love Reda Johnson the lad is golden

Have Your Say

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

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Articles

Owls sign Watford's McGugan on loan (Wednesday November 19 2014)

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)

Archived Sheffield Wednesday Articles

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

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Norwich 18 7 6 5 6 27
11. Wolves 18 7 6 5 -3 27
12. Cardiff 18 7 5 6 1 26
13. Sheff Wed 18 4 10 4 -2 22
14. Huddersfield 18 5 6 7 -6 21
15. Reading 18 6 3 9 -6 21
16. Leeds Utd 18 5 5 8 -5 20

Breaking League News

Rantie: I won't need to have an operation
Bournemouth : 24/11/2014 08:01:00
LUFC On This Day - November 24th
Leeds Utd : 24/11/2014 07:15:00
Highlights: Rotherham 0-1 Birmingham
Birmingham : 24/11/2014 07:00:00
Striker Pleased with Fortune
Birmingham : 24/11/2014 07:00:00
Rowet: We Controlled the Game
Birmingham : 24/11/2014 07:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How Will Wednesday do this season?
Suggested By:  
Top 2 14%
Play-offs 26%
Mid-table 51%
Relegation scrap 8%
Relegated 1%