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Charlton Athletic vs. Wednesday

The Valley

Saturday, January 26

3pm

Preview: Charlton Athletic v Owls

Wednesday make the trip to The Valley looking to stretch their unbeaten league run on their travels to five matches.

The Owls have been in impressive form on the road over the last month, with the latest league outing seeing Dave Jones's men return from high-flying Hull City with a convincing 3-1 win.

Wednesday met Charlton Athletic just over a month ago at Hillsborough and ran out 2-0 winners. A similar scoreline in London will do just nicely as the Owls look to pull further away from the Championship relegation zone.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Dave Jones told the official SWFC site:

"They change a little bit depending on whether they play at home or away.

"At home they press you high, they get players forward and they have got good footballers.

"They`re on a good run at the moment, just as good as what we`re on and they`ll want to continue to do that."

Addicks boss Chris Powell told the official Charlton website:

"We are in a decent place and we need to keep that going and really keep our levels up and see how many points we can get this year.

"We know it`s very tight. We are two or three points form seventh place and the top six are seven points away. Sixth place is a long way away but also we are a number of points from the bottom three, which is important.'

Charlton Athletic Team News:

Charlton will be hoping both striker Danny Haynes and defender Leon Cort are passed fit to feature after suffering hamstring problems. The duo will be handed late fitness tests ahead of the match.

Andy Hughes has returned to training following a long-term achilles problem but the midfielder is not yet ready for a return to first-team action.

Former Owl Michael Morrison is expected to start in the Charlton defence.

Player to watch: Yann Kermorgant

The former Leicester City forward is Charlton's joint top-scorer so far this season with six goals and he will be looking to add to that tally against the Owls.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday will have new loan signings Leroy Lita Danny Pugh available for selection after their moves from Swansea City and Leeds United respectively on Friday.

Their arrivals may come too soon for a place straight in the Owls' starting line-up but the duo are both expected to be named in Dave Jones's squad.

Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe have returned to their parent clubs after enjoying loan spells of their own at S6, but midfielder Rhys McCabe could return following illness.

Player to watch: Leroy Lita

Owls fans will have a keen eye on new loan signings Lita and Pugh, especially Lita, who will be charged with bagging to goals to help lead Wednesday away from the drop zone.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Charlton: W-W-L-W-D

Wednesday: D-L-W-D-L

Head-to-Head:

Charlton wins: 17
Wednesday wins: 19
Draws: 12

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-0 Charlton

Hillsborough, 22/12/12

The sides met only a month ago and goals from Rhys McCabe and Jeremy Helan were enough to give the Owls an early Christmas present with all three points.

Next Fixtures:

v Brighton (H) - 2/2/13

v Derby County (H) - 9/2/13




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 26 2013

Time: 11:47AM

Your Comments

Had to laugh reading Morrison's comments in The Sun this morning. This is why us Blind Megsonites loved the man! Brilliant! Meanwhile it's good to think Robbie Fowler might've been brought in to coach our strikers (is there a chance some folks actually read comments on this forum?) and it's equally good to hear DJ saying the players have been 'working their socks off' in training. All that remains to be seen now is... Will any of them actually get onto the pitch?
OurMaurice
Another solid performance by the lads.I have always said we have now turned the corner and every team has a baron spell and i believe ours is now over.With DJ he is without doubt the man to recover our fortunes and lead us where we need to be once again.It is not going to happen over night but he will do it.He has already proven himself at this level with Cardiff and what did he do( lead them into the playoffs every season or was it every other season?) So the man is no mug at this level.We now have Stuart on board who has sorted our defensive issues and we are playing with self belief now.The main issue is not the manger it is the players and the current finances available at the club.You could have sir Alex in charge and our strikers would not be able to hit a barn door,hence Lita who is proven at this level.So DJ needs applause with what he is having to work with.As you know the transfer fees in the Championship are high 2-3 million pounds for quality and teams are spending that.Our chairman has money and that was proven when he gave harry millions to spend at Pompey, but our club was in such a bad shape we did not have twenty pence to rub together and our chairman has pumped 30 million in to keep the bailiffs at bay.So imagine if we was not in the dog house how big our transfer kitty would have been.
garrymo
Love the view through those rose tinted specs garrymo: Specsavers was it. DJ isn't the picture of perfection you paint and has shown a good numbers of deficiencies in his comments about players, supporters, everyone but himself, tactics, team selections etc., etc. But it has to be said that things are looking up although its not clear who that's down to. As for the 30m and the bailiffs story, that's well wide of the mark and since the true figure changed hands not much more has or will. I think you've got the wrong idea about our chairman and what drives him where football clubs are concerned: its those specs again!!
Fantham's Hairnet
Appreciate your comments fanthams hairnet,maybe we are watching and supporting two Sheffield Wednesdays.Maybe you feel we should out DJ and perhaps bring someone like Steve Keen is the answer to take us forward.I never said DJ is the best manager but he is proven at this level and it is not a lie his record speaks for itself.Maybe i am wrong about finances being tight after years of miss management at the club.I will give Millian a bell and ask him to give DJ a budget of 8-10 million so we are on level with the likes of the foxes,Hull,Then maybe we can go and spend 3 million on a decent striker instead of picking up free transfers
garrymo
Love the optimism, garrymo. I feel more confident about our chances of climbing the table too, but I can't bring myself to talk about turning corners just yet. We have had a change of fortune just lately though and that helps! If we'd have lost 1-0 on Saturday I wouldn't have come on here calling for DJ's head, I'd have said we were unlucky that's all. The stats will show we deserved something from the game. But DJ did something he's failed to do on so many occasions this season: He responded early and made positive changes in an effort to (dare I say it?) win the game. It paid off too, two goals in the last 10mins and 3pts. If his 'gamble' hadn't have worked I'd have still given him credit for trying. It leaves us boasting what must be the best recent away record in the division, but we still have one of the worst at home. And that's where we're at next. Brighton & Derby coming up, 6pts and maybe I'll start talking about turning corners too.
OurMaurice
How did the two new guys do? Pugh in midfield and the hero of the 1/2 hour Lita. It started to go wrong against Brighton (tell me about it) with a 3-0 thumping now perhaps we have turned it around sufficiently and can get the result Saturday (boy would i enjoy that) and climb up the table even further. Its good to see the belief is coming back, the posts are more upbeat we are not all bemoaning DJ
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