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Sunday, December 2


Dave Jones's return to former club Cardiff City could not have come at a more difficult time when he takes his out-of-form Owls side to Wales on Sunday.

The Bluebirds, where Jones departed in 2011 following six years in the Welsh capital, are flying high at the top of the Championship going into this weekend's matches and could be out to regain that spot come Sunday if other results do not go their way on Saturday.

In contrast, Wednesday have lost their last five matches - including a 4-1 home thumping by Watford in midweek - and find themselves in the relegation zone with pressure mounting on their manager.

It would be ironic, therefore, if defeat against City put the nail in Jones's managerial coffin at S6. It's another massive game for Jones, and Wednesday, in their battle to stay in the division.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Dave Jones told the official SWFC website:

"I was there for six years and I had a lot of success and some good times but it wouldn`t matter if I was there for 20 years because all I want this weekend is three points for Sheffield Wednesday.

"They are the club that I work for, who employ me to do a job, and Sheffield Wednesday are my concern on Sunday.

"It doesn`t bother me one way or the other what kind of reception I receive because I am completely focused on the job I have to do here, as we all are.

"We have a difficult game but we are going there to win. I have never managed a team thinking we are going to lose.

"We have a good group of players here and we are capable of beating anyone in this division. I will defend them to the hilt."

Cardiff City Team News:

The Bluebirds will go into the clash looking to make it ten successive wins on home soil and will be boosted by the likely return of four players through injury.

Kevin McNaughton (thigh), Ben Turner (hamstring), Andrew Taylor (calf) and Don Cowie (knee) all missed the draw at Derby County in midweek but should be ready for a return against the Owls.

Tommy Smith has also returned to training following a hamstring injury but the visit of Wednesday could come too soon, while striker Nicky Maynard is definitely ruled out with a knee injury.

Player to watch: Peter Whittingham

Heidar Helguson may be the Bluebirds' top-scorer so far this season but Whittingham is not far behind with seven, and produces plenty more in the way of assists, as well as being a big threat from set-pieces.

Wednesday Team News:

If Wednesday's current poor form was bad enough, they may receive further bad news on the injury front ahead of the trip to Wales.

Jay Bothroyd has not missed a match since making the loan switch to Hillsborough from QPR but he could miss out on a return to face his former club with an ankle injury.

Also struggling for fitness is Anthony Gardner and Lewis Buxton, both with hamstring problems, and midfielder Rhys McCabe with an ankle problem. All four players will undergo late fitness tests.

Jones could be boosted by the return of striker Chris O'Grady, however. The powerful forward is Wednesday's joint top-scorer this season with five goals.

Player to watch: Michail Antonio

Wednesday's only real threat in this baron run of games, the former Reading man will need to be at the top of his game to help Wednesday secure anything from their visit to Wales.

Match Facts & Stats


Cardiff: D-W-W-W-L

Wednesday: L-L-L-L-L


Cardiff wins: 23

Wednesday wins: 24

Draws: 12

Last Time Out:

Cardiff 3-2 Wednesday

The Cardiff City Stadium, 24/4/2010

Jay Bothroyd scored twice for the Bluebirds last time the sides net as City edged a five-goal thriller. Peter Whittingham also netted for the hosts while Jermaine Johnson and Marcus Tudgay offered the replies for the visitors.

Next Fixtures:

v Bristol City (H) - 8/12/12

v Barnsley (A) - 15/12/12

Date:Saturday December 1 2012
Time: 10:56AM


"Wednesday's only real threat in this (recent) baren run of games" .......... says it all really. After the recent baren run of games I have no doubt that our manager will make changes up front by 'resting' Bothroyd and Sidibe completely from both the team and the bench and will give the likes of Pecnic and/or Rhodri a full game with the re-introduction of Byewater as a further imaginative variation on what's gone before. So I'm off to the bookies to put a tenner on those three getting a full game and Bothroyd and Sidibe being entirely 'rested'. Anybody want to add to my tenner?
Fantham's Hairnet
01/12/2012 12:38:00
Johnny Fantham put me down for a tenner! if DJ doesn't anything under 6 - 0 is a moral victory - they were better at football than us, they were lucky - choose yours now
Brighton Owl
01/12/2012 18:00:00
I hate to say it but possibly the worst result for us tomorrow would be a comfortable Owls win. I read a post on another site from a fan who said he'd had a nightmare that Bothroyd had scored three and we'd thrashed Cardiff. The result - Bothroyd and Jones had both been rewarded with five year contracts. That thought really does give me the jitters. What sort of fan am I hoping we lose?
Fantham's Hairnet
01/12/2012 19:49:00
one that values the long term stability and future for his/her club
01/12/2012 20:46:00
Sorry Brighton Owl but William Hill said the odds were so long and DJ's tunnel vision so acute that the risk of him playing Bothroyd with one ankle strapped up and one boot on was too great and they'd have to lay some of the twenty quid off so they wouldn't take the bet.
Fantham's Hairnet
02/12/2012 07:45:00
If one more defeat is all it takes for MM to pull his head out of the sand and see what's going on? Then bring it on, I say. I'm sure it'll happen anyway, the defeat I mean, but what I'm less sure about is DJ getting the bullet afterwards. This whole chairman/ manager relationship seems too cosy by half, tight enough for one to swallow the other's excuses even though the general mood about camp MUST be a cause for concern. Personally though, the idea of facing two truly vital games on the back of yet another six-match losing streak scares the be-jeezus out of me. We're already 5pts adrift of Ipswich and should either Brizzle or the Dingles take so much as a point it'll be a severe blow to our prospects of recovery. Anyone out there seriously expecting back to back wins? That's just too hopeful under the circumstances, we've only won twice since August! I'm afraid our saviour/ owner has been caught out fiddling whilst all around him burns to the ground. Or maybe we'll get a result later today, who knows? I recently read a post on another forum that predicted Bothroyd scoring in a 1-0 win and then sharing a rapturous embrace on the touchline with his beloved manager... Who then got the boot anyway a couple of days later. Well I'll have some of THAT, please.
02/12/2012 09:02:00
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