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Wednesday vs. Wycombe Wanderers

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, May 5


Owls v Wycombe Wanderers preview

This is the one. Victory for Wednesday against already-relegated Wycombe Wanderers in the final game of the season on Saturday will ensure the Owls' promotion to the Championship.

Dave Jones and his men are in pole position going into the crucial final round of npower League 1 matches and Wednesday just have to equal Sheffield United's result at Exeter City to achieve automatic promotion.

Should the Blades better Wednesday's result, they'll take the top-two honours and see the Owls finish up in the play-offs.

Over 37,000 Owls fans will be roaring their side on from all four sides of Hillsborough - it's going to be some occasion.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Dave Jones told the official SWFC website:

'What we've got to do is try and control those nerves. You don't go into a football match if you're not nervous because that's your adrenaline.

'We've tried to keep everything as normal as we possibly can but we knew that would be difficult.

'Everybody wants a ticket or two so the players would have been inundated that way but actually on the football side of things, it's been a fairly normal week.'

Wycombe boss Gary Waddock told the official Wanderers website:

'Saturday is a fantastic occasion for Sheffield Wednesday. They have a sell-out crowd and are looking to go up in the automatic positions, but what a great game it is for us.

'We go up there and we can go and play football, we can be nice and relaxed and composed. All the pressure is on Sheffield Wednesday to get the result and we will try and give a good account of ourselves.'

Wednesday Team News:

The biggest decision for Owls boss Dave Jones will be whether to stick with on-loan Keith Treacy, who made his first start for the club and scored in the victory at Brentford, or go with Jermaine Johnson in midfield.

Jones has no fresh injury concerns going into the clash and could well stick with the same eleven that beat the Bees last time out, using Johnson as an impact substitute if necessary late on.

Defenders Reda Johnson and Julian Bennett will miss out through injury, meaning Mark Beevers should continue at full-back.

Player to watch: Miguel Llera

Wednesday will have to be strong all over the park, and Spanish defender Llera has been superb since coming into the team, cementing his place as one of the first names on the team sheet. Strong in defence, and a goal threat in attack, Llera also chips in with assists and offers variety from set-pieces.

Wycombe Wanderers Team News:

Wycombe will come into the game having already been relegated, meaning that although Gary Waddock and his men will be disappointed at playing League 2 football next season, the pressure will be off.

Their relegation was confirmed last weekend when they suffered a 4-3 loss against Notts County - many Owls fans won't be able to cope if the scoreline is as close this weekend.

Ben Strevens is a doubt for the Chairboys after he suffered an injury last weekend, while Wanderers will make the trip to S6 without a number of other players through injury. Chris Hackett, Dave Winfield and Anthony Stewart are all sidelined.

Player to watch: Stuart Beavon

Beavon has scored 25 goals this season but they weren't enough to save his side from relegation. He's one of the division's top goal-getters and will be eager to finish with a flourish in front of the season's biggest crowd outside the Premier League.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: W-W-D-W-W

Wycombe: L-L-D-L-D


Wednesday wins: 2

Wycombe wins: 0

Draws: 1

Last Time Out:

Wycombe 1-2 Wednesday

Adams Park, 29/10/11

Goals from Jose Semedo and Ryan Lowe gave the Owls the three points when they sides met earlier in the season. Jordan Ibe had briefly got the hosts on level terms before Lowe regained the lead as all goals came in the first half. Gareth Ainsworth was sent-off for the hosts in the second half.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 4 2012

Time: 4:03PM

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Can Not Wait! Sure wish I could be there with you all, but although I'm thousands of miles away, without a Wednesdayite in sight, I'll be listening online on this side of the pond while bouncing and shouting my lungs out. If someone at the game could give an extra cheer to me, I'd be much obliged! Come on you blue and white wizzards! WTID... and then some!
colorado owl
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05/05/2012 03:38:00

Just got up, very excited but also nervous.Hope DJ can calm the players down and we can play infront of nearly 40,000 screaming fans.An early goal will definatly help us settle and play the team not the occasion. Will be happier after 5.UTO
vic mobley
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05/05/2012 08:11:00

Player of the Month. Playing an already relegated team in front of 38,000 bouncing Owls fans.........If Carlsberg did "last games of the season".... Feeling nervous, sick and excited. I predict 5.0 win. Regi Blinker, Paul Warhurst and a Chris Bart-Williams hatrick.
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05/05/2012 09:40:00

Come on Wednesday, don't let us down today. Gutted can't be there today!!! Looking forward to championship football next season. UTO WTID
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05/05/2012 10:17:00

Played Wednesday v wycombe on FIFA 12 earlier and we won 3-1 so that will do!!!
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05/05/2012 16:23:00

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful! What a day! What a result! Thank you MM! Thank you GM! Thank you DJ! Championship, here we come!!! WTID, UTO.
colorado owl
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05/05/2012 17:22:00

Brilliant! 3 games out, we were 4 points adrift with both teams going well. Well, Wednesday 9 points from 9: United 2 from 9. Credit to GM for what he did, but I don't think we'd have proved as relentless under his management. Congrats to DJ and the lads and MM. Hardly believable falter by United - but I hope they get it together for the play-offs. We need BOTH teams in the Championship and then the Premiership. A lot of sorting out needed at Hillsborough now - both our goals today we're scored by loan players.
Cheshire Cat
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05/05/2012 19:38:00

let the gloating begin.....
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05/05/2012 20:06:00

Did i dream that we got promotion today? Hell no! Fantastic job boys, a big thank you to MM, thank you GM, THANK YOU DJ and the backroom staff and Massive THANK YOU to all THE PLAYERS You have done us proud!!!!! Hope DJ signs Antonio. What a summer its going to be. The Massive are back!!!!!!
Hereford Owl
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05/05/2012 22:16:00

p.s Thank you to the 12th man, all 38,000 of you
Hereford Owl
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05/05/2012 22:18:00

This feels unbelievable they're all legends,what a fantastic run in , and dont forget the start to the season either at home anyway !
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05/05/2012 23:03:00

only just setting in that we are back in the championship well done to all at swfc from the chairman right through to the tea lady absolutely buzzing today
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06/05/2012 09:42:00

Well done boys not one sign of nerves on the pitch at all which was remarkable and means the nucleus of the team are mentally strong as well as physically. Lets see what the summer brings with the clear out brings and I for one have confidence in DJ in the tranfer window. Enjoyed the banter and the opinions of you all on Vital thie season WERE ALL WEDNESDAY ARNT WE. MASSIVE
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06/05/2012 10:31:00

Sign Antonio up ASAP and why not through a cheeky bid in for Ben Marshall while we're at it!?
Carbone's Padawan
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06/05/2012 11:47:00

excellent day yesterday, never in doubt was it!! Massive credit to MM who took on the drifting rudderless ship of SWFC, made a difficult decision in sacking GM and was roundly criticised by many who are now praising him but he got the right man in DJ and what a run in to nick 2nd spot (must have topped form league over last couple of months) although justice finally being done with ched evans also helped to take wind out of Utd's sails. Megson deserved credit for what he started and also ensuring he only brought in players who could cope with playing for a big club in front of big crowds, that showed yesterday with a nerveless display in front of crowd most premiership clubs would be proud of, players of a weaker stature may have been overawed so hopefully GM took some satisfaction in yesterdays performance, result and ultimately securing automatic promotion. Not sure it would have happened if MM hadn't done what he did.
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06/05/2012 13:11:00

cant wait for next season, team needs strengthening with good permanent signing now, unfortunately next season the championship have decided on having a transfer cap, teams can only spend 6m, dont know how that will effect us.
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06/05/2012 13:29:00

totally agree sussex, megson got the right guys in and ultimately the win over the pigs in his last game was the most important result of his tenure so thanks gary. the form produced under Jones is 2nd to none, what is it 32 points out of 36?! amazing turnaround. those who criticised mandaric should have either made their feelings known when he took over or kept schtum because moaning when he sacks a manager is plain daft, he has consistently sacked managers and he will continue to do this until he gets what wants. dave jones you know what is required next season! well done wednesday
Hirsty's Shinpads
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06/05/2012 14:34:00

Agree with Carbones Padawan. Get Antonio signed up before someone else does. Brendan rogers has just dumped 13 players from squad to comply with Prem rules. Don't know if MA is in that mix. Can't see Leicester allowing Ben 10 to go, uless its on loan and what about putting Danny Batth on payroll? If he goes back to Wolves he'll still be playing in same division as us. Going to put a bet on Huddersfield joining us in Championship, sod the Pigs.
dooleys left leg
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06/05/2012 14:46:00

immense, I'm still on a high, love the fact that we did it at the expense of United and took 4 points from them as well. As Owl25 said I also feel we need to strengthen, would love to see Boyd at Hillsborough next season as Peterborough have put up for transfer also feel we need to get Batth signed up as well as Antonio as hopefully he will be deemed surplus to requirements, someone else I would love to see at Hillsborough is Jordan Rhodes which could be a possibility with his dad working here combined with the possibility Huddersfield may be playing league 1 football next season (I can see Stevenage taken that 3rd promotion spot, would be good if United made it through though). Jones has done a magnificent job since arriving as he said not many manager can say they went unbeaten and secured promotion, credit also needs to go to Megson for the work he did while he was here. Thank you MM,DJ,GM and all the boys who have played in the famous blue & white this season hopefully more of the same next season. we are Championship, we are Championship, we are Championship get in!!! (0v0) UTO (0v0)
SWFC Tubes 84
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06/05/2012 16:34:00

Gary Megson deserves a lot of the credit, but without the change, we'd have been in the play-offs, not automatic. I may be wrong but I feel that DJ has a lighter touch than GM, who criticized the players even when they'd won, and singled out individual performances, good or bad, at least by inference if not named. It's a valid management technique, but tricky. Granted, DJ has not had a lot to moan about but perhaps he let players who thought they were league-beaters, but who hadn't performed (yet had got the points anyway) to continue to think so and thus enhanced their confidence. Because CONFIDENCE, I think, made the difference in this run-in. Concerning transfers - I hope that potential signees notice that potentially exceptional players flourish at Hillsborough. They all want to play in the Premiership, at international level and in Europe - Wednesday are a way forward. And it's a big club, no mistake, and now BIGGER. Yet not so big that you'll be a little fish. Go on - sign - I would.
Cheshire Cat
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06/05/2012 20:31:00

After a poor performance I think it's strangely encouraging to see the manager attend the postmatch press conference sporting a large band-aid on his forehead whilst two or three players are hustled out the backdoor and into a waiting ambulance.
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06/05/2012 21:25:00

Congratulations on Promotion, see you next season. Vital leeds
Tiny T
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06/05/2012 23:00:00

absolutely cannot wait tiny t
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06/05/2012 23:11:00

I liked the bit when we won and went up.
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07/05/2012 11:16:00

Just as an afterthought, Football League Show the other night. That bloke dressed like Marilyn Monroe? I sincerely hope that wasn't one of you lot!
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07/05/2012 17:48:00


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