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Saturday, November 3


Wednesday will be out to put their recent winless run firmly to bed this weekend with a second win on the spin when Peterborough United visit Hillsborough.

The Owls ended their nightmare run with a comfortable with at fellow strugglers Ipswich Town last weekend and the visit of fellow strugglers Posh gives Dave Jones and his men the chance to climb out of the Championship relegation zone.

Three points will be no easy feat, however, with Darren Ferguson's men in a decent run of form with four wins from their last six matches.

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Owls boss Dave Jones told the Sheffield Star:

"It`s a crazy division. Win two or three games and all of a sudden you`re talking about being on the tail end of the play-offs. There`s a long, long way to go.

"The teams at the top won`t be there at the end; somebody else will make a move. At the bottom end, somebody else will drop. Look at Blackpool - top of the league, then one month later in the middle of the pack.

"We have to keep growing because we have made a lot of strides in a short space of time - we have to maintain that."

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Dave Jones could stick with the same eleven that saw off Ipswich Town last weekend with no fresh injury or suspension concerns for Saturday's match.

Rhys McCabe could be included in the squad after recovering from a thigh injury but a place on the bench is his likely destination.

Fellow midfielder Chris Lines is also making good progress on his return from injury but the visit of Posh is expected to come too soon for the former Bristol Rovers man.

Victory for the Owls will see them move out of the Championship relegation zone.

Player to watch: Ross Barkley

The Everton loan star has been growing as a player since his arrival at Hillsborough and his two goals in the 3-0 win at Ipswich last time out will no doubt give him plenty of confidence going into Saturday's match.

Peterborough United Team News:

Posh come into the game looking to make it three league wins on the spin but have a couple of injury concerns.

George Boyd and Michael Bostwick both picked up knocks in their last outing but have returned to training this week and are expected to feature at Hillsborough.

Tommy Rowe is also a doubt with an ankle injury and United will assess the player as close to kick-off as possible.

Player to watch: Saido Berahino

Barahino has arrived on-loan from West Brom and made a great impact last weekend when he scored twice in Peterborough's 3-0 win over Derby County.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday: W-L-D-L-D

Posh: W-W-L-L-W


Wednesday wins: 8

Posh wins: 5

Draws: 4

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-4 Peterborough United

Hillsborough, 15/3/11

The Owls took a real beating on home soil the last time the sides met. George Boyd scored twice while Craig Mackail-Smith and Lee Tomlin also netted. Paul Heffernan replied for the Owls but it wasn't enough.

Next Fixtures:

v Blackpool (H) - 6/11/12

v Middlesbrough (A) - 9/11/12

Date:Friday November 2 2012
Time: 5:00PM

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For those of you that don't already know, I actually tried to post an article on here as part of the build up to this game. I won't build my hopes up of it appearing on time (for anyone who's bothered I copied it out and put it on the forum) but to summarize: Massive game, this one. Must win. Let's hope the confidence is oozing after last weekend!
02/11/2012 17:48:00
As I am for ever the pesamist I think we will concede - we will win 3-1 but we will ultimately pay the price for not having a decent partner for Llera and an unsettled left back spot. Thank god for Lewis and Llera
03/11/2012 12:11:00
Agreed wedalways, it's no coincidence that things started picking up again once Buxton returned from injury. I just wonder whether DJ is tempted to change a winning side and go for two up front at home. It's a huge game this, but it's Peterborough. Complacency shouldn't be a problem but let's not show 'em too much respect.
03/11/2012 12:21:00
Its a must win today. Not sure who we will play upfront Madine seems to be somwhere else, probably got his mind on the pending cort case.O'Grady puts a shift in but not a prolific scorer. Bothroyd seems to be the best of a bad bunch do'nt like him out wide though, as we have the best two wingers outside the Premiership. Defence has got to tighten up Llera & Gardener must gel as they seem to be the best option.Very important not to concide the first goal.
vic mobley
03/11/2012 12:32:00
best TWO? know antonio but who is t'other?
03/11/2012 12:48:00
I'm agreeing again vic. JJ was showing form, scoring goals, he even put in a good shift at right back. But is DJ gonna stick with Bothroyd and keep Antonio on the left? Wonder what they've been doing in training all week? He's got CO'G, Madine, Rodri & Pecnik. It's high time something started to click in place.
03/11/2012 12:52:00
cog and Rodri for me I have been saying it for a while now. not sure about Bothroyd out wide but having said that i would have him in the team all day long
03/11/2012 15:09:00
I still can't get my head aroud how were aloud to play Lines for the under 21's
03/11/2012 19:01:00
wedalways, the system works on the same basis as the Olympics last summer: Each team is allowed to field up to three over-age players. It's sure to benefit players like Chris Lines who are coming back from injury and also Rodri & Madine who could use a confidence boost as well as some competitive game time.
04/11/2012 08:04:00
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