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Middlesbrough v Owls preview

Middlesbrough
vs.
Wednesday

The Riverside Stadium

Friday, November 9

7.45pm

On Sky

Wednesday will have a tough task on their hands as they travel to the Riverside Stadium to face an in-form Middlesbrough side that will go top of the Championship with victory tonight.

Tony Mowbray's men are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions and sit second going into tonight's televised match and will be eager to make that nine to take top-spot for 24 hours at least.

Wednesday will be out to bounce back from their 2-0 home loss against Blackpool in midweek and regain the form that saw them second back-to-back wins before that, including a comprehensive 3-0 win in their last away match at Ipswich Town.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Dave Jones told the Sheffield Star:

"It will be a fantastic atmosphere - we should thrive on that as well. We`ll take a lot of fans. Middlesbrough are at the top end; if we`re regarded as an attraction (for TV), we must be doing okay. We`re not going to lie down. We want to do well.

"They`ll probably come out like a house on fire. Friday-night games always seem to be a bit special - this is no different.

"We know how difficult it`s going to be and what we`ve got to do.

"I would be very disappointed if any player at this club wasn`t up for this. It`s what we have worked so hard for.'

Tony Mowbray told the official Boro website:

'We need to give the players some inspiration and we occasionally use some words or pictures to show them how important every game is. I think this group of players have it within them to keep rising to the next challenge.

'My job is to paint a picture of the threats that Sheffield Wednesday pose to ensure there's no complacency. So long as we don't think, 'It's Sheffield Wednesday, bottom half of the table, playing at home, with a big crowd - we'll just turn up and win'

Middlesbrough Team News:

Boro are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions and could be further boosted with the return of some key players.

Defender Jonathan Woodgate should be given the green light to feature, while Marvin Emnes, Ishmael Miller and Kevin Thomson all returned to full training this week to put their hand up for selection.

Stuart Parnaby should also be fit to feature after recovering from a groin injury that forced him off in the stalemate at Nottingham Forest.

Other than that Boro have no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the clash.

Player to watch: Grant Leadbitter

The heartbeat of the team, Leadbitter will be looking to help orchestrate another Boro victory to take his side top of the table for 24 hours at least.

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Dave Jones will hand a late fitness test to midfielder Paul Corry, who's been sidelined with an ankle injury.

Corry was forced off early in the Owls' 2-1 win over Peterborough United at the weekend and Rhys McCabe took his place in the midweek defeat against Blackpool.

Jones has no other fresh injury concerns but he could opt to rest certain players with this being the third game in less than a week for Wednesday. Anthony Gardner could be one player rested, with Martin Taylor his likely replacement at the back.

Player to watch: Ross Barkley

Wednesday will probably need some magic to get anything from on-song Boro but in Everton loan star Ross Barkley they can certainly pull a rabbit from the hat. He's bagged three goals in the Owls' last three games, too.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Boro: D-W-W-W-W

Wednesday: L-W-W-L-D

Head-to-Head:

Boro wins: 39

Wednesday wins: 42

Draws: 16

Last Time Out:

Boro 1-0 Wednesday

The Riverside Stadium, 10/04/2010

Scott McDonald's strike five minutes before half-time gave Boro all three points the last time the sides locked horns.

Next Fixtures:

v Nottingham Forest (A) - 17/11/12

v Leicester City (H) - 24/11/12


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday November 9 2012
Time: 1:00PM

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Comments

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"O'Grady's bold he scores a goal (down by the riverside, down by the riverside, down by the riverside) Antonio's through he makes it two (down by the riverside, down by the ri-ver-side)" Let me hear ya say 'Yeah!'
OurMaurice
09/11/2012 16:34:00
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Nick How do I submit an article to post on our site please? Title "go now"
bluedog
09/11/2012 22:18:00
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Let's give DJ full credit here. He KNEW Boro would beat us and go top so he picked his team and sent them out there to lull Forest into a false sense of security. Genius! Roll on next Saturday.
OurMaurice
10/11/2012 08:32:00
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bluedog, either email him (envelope by the editors username in ed section) or use the 'have your say' and submit via that.
The Fear
10/11/2012 09:34:00
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The only thing keeping me from ranting about DJ is his initials namesake Daniel Jones! How that guy is playing first team Championship football is beyond me? No defensive positional awareness (Hoytes goal case in point) no attacking ability going forward and can't cross a ball to save his life? Dave Jones waited far too long to introduce subs and why COG doesn't start ever game is stupid? He did more than Bothroyd in 10 mins than he did in 80! It dawned on me at The Riverside last night that we are in the same position now as Boro were with Mowbray a couple of seasons ago which shows the importance of sticking with your gaffer. However, Jones is really starting to push the wrong buttons now in the sense he really is tactically unaware and if I'm noticing that you can better your Serbian Dinnars Mandaric is too!
Owls That!
10/11/2012 09:47:00
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bluedog/ The Fear, forget the 'Have Your Say' option. I tried that over a week ago and posted an article into the ether, it never came back down and it's too late now anyway. Besides, it's probably in orbit along with the missing match ball from the 2011/12 League 1 playoff final.
OurMaurice
10/11/2012 10:05:00
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Owls That! Dan Jones is playing because Dave Jones keeps picking him! He might even be better than Joe Mattock but until Reda gets fit again I'd have preferred Beevers at left back any day. But that's another story. I can't see us ever improving until DJ ditches the only formation that (in his mind at least) can accommodate Bothroyd & Barkley. Taking them both off and reverting to 4-4-2 with seven minutes left and at 3-1 down is probably his way of proving to us menials two up front doesn't work in this division. So anyroad, is Madine still off to Swindon next week then? Might as well.
OurMaurice
10/11/2012 10:30:00
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I'll point the ed this way to see and check there isn't a technical fault. There is the email option, sheffwed@vitalfootball.co.uk ... cheers.
The Fear
10/11/2012 10:30:00
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