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Preview: Barnsley v Owls



Saturday, December 15


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Another week and another relegation 'six pointer' for Wednesday, this time with added local pride at stake as the Owls visit South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley in front of the Sky cameras.

Both sides sit in the Championship relegation spots going into the contest and will be desperate for some early Christmas cheer to boost their survival chances going into the New Year.

A derby tussle could be just what the doctor ordered for both struggling sides, especially for under-pressure Dave Jones as he looks to end a worrying run of seven straight defeats.

Vital Quotes:

Barnsley boss Keith Hill told the Sheffield Star:

"I really haven`t concerned myself with Dave Jones because I`ve got the pressure of trying to get us results. But he`s under pressure just like I am; both clubs need results.

"It`s a results-driven business, but results have gone bad unfortunately.

"The demands of the Championship are so high that you`ve got to keep working really hard to get anything.

"He`s under pressure, but he`s a magnificent manager and I`ve got a lot of respect for him.'

Owls attacker Michail Antonio told the official SWFC website:

"It will be a tough, Barnsley are an established Championship team but it`s a derby and a game that everyone is looking forward to.

"We know we can rely on the fans to get right behind us and with their help there`s no reason why we can`t leave with three points."

Barnsley Team News:

The Reds go into the game with no win from their last ten Championship matches - the last coming at Charlton Athletic in mid-October - but buoyed by a point at high-flying Leicester City last weekend.

Boss Keith Hill could opt to stick with the same starting eleven that took a point from the King Power Stadium, with Jacob Mellis still nursing a deadleg.

David Perkins returned as a substitute at Leicester but will not be risked with a starting role just yet, and Hill has no other fresh injury or suspension concerns for the match.

Former Owl Marcus Tudgay, on-loan at Oakwell with a view to a permanent move, is expected to start for the Tykes but has promised not to celebrate if he finds the back of the net.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

Tudgay is still well liked at Hillsborough from his time as an Owl, but he'll be out to pile more woe on Wednesday with goals for his new club. Tudgay, on-loan from Nottingham Forest with a view to a permanent deal, has said he will not celebrate if he finds the back of the net.

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Dave Jones will have loan recruit Mamady Sidibe back and available for selection after the Stoke loanee recovered from a hamstring injury.

Jones will have to decide whether to throw the experienced hitman back into the starting line-up, however, with Gary Madine, Chris O'Grady, Rodri and Chris Maguire also pushing for places.

The Owls boss could also look to involved players such as Danny Mayor from the off.

Player to watch: Chris O'Grady

O'Grady was heavily linked with a move to Oakwell before the close of the transfer window but he could be crucial up top for the Owls on Saturday.

Match Facts & Stats


Barnsley: D-L-D-L-D

Wednesday: L-L-L-L-L


Barnsley wins: 21

Wednesday wins: 31

Draws: 12

Last Time Out:

Barnsley 1-2 Wednesday

Oakwell, 16/1/10

Goals from Tommy Spurr and Jermaine Johnson, both in the first half, proved enough to give Wednesday victory the last time the sides met at Oakwell.

Next Fixtures:

v Charlton Athletic (H) - 22/12/12

v Bolton Wanderers (A) - 26/12/12

Date:Friday December 14 2012
Time: 4:28PM

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that form guide doesn't bode well does it. and we also have the added pressure of them having Tudders as well - he should have stayed really, his career has gone a bit wayward since joining Forrest and for that goal against the pigs he will forever live in our hearts - just not tomorrow I hope he has a mare!!!!!
14/12/2012 17:08:00
thank you Marcus and Marlon. both could have really hurt us and has the opportunities. 3 points is 3 points and for that I am very very pleased but it should not mask the glaringly obvious that if Barnsley had been any of 18-20 of the other teams in this league we could have conceeded 5 or 6. tactically we looked better at 4-4-2 and the choice of the top 2 was spot on - but Prutton and Lines didn't seem to know who was doing what at times which led to alot of giving the ball away rather than a composed 5 yard pass and buying a bit of time for the wide men to find some space. Buxton performed very well again and Antonio covered amicably for Helen for most of the game. so in summary pleased with the 3 points and let's hope it's a small platform to kick on from - but remembering and aknowlaging there are still deep underlying problems that need addressing!
15/12/2012 20:08:00
Positives then: three desperately needed points. Our second clean sheet in twenty-two league games. Actually thought Kirkland played well although he still had to rely on two goal line clearances. There were a few strong individual performances too, enough to think that if DJ had shown more faith in this group of players from September we wouldn't be in this position now, but I'm definitely clutching at straws after that. The better side lost. We had no pattern, no cohesion, no guile, no creativity. A couple of brief flashes, but that's it. I seriously have to wonder what our lot get up to on the training pitch. Where's this attacking philosophy you're so famous for, Dave? The only 'tactic' I saw was to try and nick a goal and then protect it by constantly throwing bodies on the line until the ref puts everyone out of their misery. Was that the plan then? To hand the initiative over to the opposition, allow them all the time and space they need to mount ten-man attacks, one after another, and then hit them on the break with quick, incisive interpassing? Didn't see much of that, I'm afraid. I saw a game where any team showing more quality in and around our box than the Dingles would most likely have run up a cricket score. So yes, three hard-earned points gratefully received, because I doubt another defeat would have cost DJ his job anyway. But are we ever likely to turn that mythical corner the way things are shaping up now? I think the best we can hope for next weekend is more of the same. Then try and put an unbeaten run together and invest heavily when the transfer window opens. So whaddya reckon? Yeah, my thoughts exactly.
16/12/2012 10:14:00
Once again I am with you OM on this one We must enjoy the three desoerately needed 3 points all week, but we were murdered in the middle of the park by an awful Dingle outfit It is apparent that all the summer signings were to eanable us to field a reserve side this year OH sorry Under 21s. I can see see why we adopted the Dave Bassett tactics We have to bypass our midfield because we basically don't have one. We sat back for the whole 90 minutes letting them play in our half and can't remeber a decent tackle taking place. Its frightening can we stay in contention until January? If so will MM spend on proven experienced players. I don't think he can afford it in my opiinion. one quality centre half at least a left back two proven midfielders and a striker who can score 20 plus who can play with eiother Madine or O,Grady ten go again in the summer.
16/12/2012 13:42:00
Three points are three points - who isn't happy!?!?
16/12/2012 15:50:00
A relief and 3 much needed points.But in the transfer window we need to stump up and buy a striker who is going to score us goals week in and week out.When you look at the games gone we have only been battered a few times and we have held our own.But our main issue is that we cannot score.And as for Kirkland i have no faith in him and i feel Jones should recall Bywater or if he has no confidence in Bywater we need another Keeper.Also we need a center back to partner Migual as Antony is finished im afraid to say.
16/12/2012 16:28:00
Garrymo I agree with the Gardner opinion - the trouble is we have just got rid of a quality center back and Jones has only signed 30+ year old center backs
16/12/2012 17:46:00
Good post OM, nail on the head time. We were lucky and the best team didn't win. But its 3 points. The worry is its seen as DJ turning the corner which would be worrying. But your most telling comment relates to what is, (or isn't), happening on the training ground. We were clueless, utterly clueless in tactical terms. Its as if they never discuss tactics from match to the next. If you looked at the space the Dingles created for themselves at times we weren't in the same class, nowhere near. In one ten minute spell in the second half we managed three three pass moves in one ten minute spell which says it all. So many changes need to be made its one hell of a task for anyone coming in.
Fantham's Hairnet
16/12/2012 20:09:00
At the start of the season we looked creative, attacking and brave. Yes we conceded goals, but always scored more, and it was great to watch. Fast forward to yesterday, flippin hoof ball madness! The teams confidence is clearly shot as they spent the hole came bypassing the midfield, instead of build from the back. Chris Kirkland hit it up the field everytime. We have some good players, but we have to stop worrying about conceeding and get back to our attacking ways.
16/12/2012 21:28:00
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