Date:Tuesday December 3 2013
Tuesday, December 3
Wednesday kick-off life without Dave Jones in the dugout in the toughest of fashions when they welcome on-song Championship leaders Leicester City to Hillsborough on Tuesday night.
Jones got the chop on Sunday following the 2-0 defeat to Blackpool and Stuart Gray will take charge of the Owls on a temporary basis until a replacement is found.
Wednesday fans will be hoping the change of manager brings a much-needed change in fortunes as the Owls target a shock victory to close the six point gap between them and Championship safety.
The Foxes will arrive in S6 in top form, however, with former Owls skipper Nigel Pearson leading the way as manager and die-hard Owls supporter Jamie Vardy banging in the goals in attack.
Owlas caretaker boss Stuart Gray told the official SWFC website:
"I was delighted to be asked by the chairman to step in and I am fully committed to try and get us that win against Leicester.
"Obviously, I am disappointed with what has happened with the manager and Paul Wilkinson, but I`ve been in the game long enough to know that these things happen.
"I`ve had a meeting with the players today just to explain that we can`t control what`s happening off the pitch, the only thing we can control is on the pitch.
"Training this morning was upbeat and positive and we are focused on organising the team for tomorrow night`s game.
"The pleasing thing is that we have a game straight away after Saturday and I know the boys will be at it and looking for a good performance.'
Gray could well ring the changes for his first game at the helm and after seeing the Owls go down 2-0 at Blackpool at the weekend - their third defeat on the spin.
Striker Matty Fryatt will not be able to feature against his former club, however, after Hull City recalled him from his successful loan stint at Hillsborough on Monday.
It leaves Wednesday with limited options in attack but Atdhe Nuhiu or Jermaine Johnson could step up alongside Connor Wickham in attack.
Lewis Buxton is a big injury doubt at right-back and Gray could reshuffle his back line with Glenn Loovens having signed just before the weekend but not having his registration completed in time for the weekend defeat.
Owls fans will also be interested to see if Gray sticks with on-loan goalkeeper Damian Martinez, who has started the last two games, or opts for a return to action for Chris Kirkland.
With Matty Fryatt having returned from his loan spell to Hull City, Owls fans will be looking to Wickham, another loan man, to fire in the goals. He scored the winner the last time the side´s met at the King Power Stadium last season.
The Foxes are on top form having risen to the summit of the Championship at the weekend with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Millwall on home soil.
It means boss Nigel Pearson could well stick with the same starting eleven, including die-hard Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy, who got on the scoresheet at the weekend and will be looking to do the same in his home town.
Ignasi Miquel, Matty James and Anthony Knockaert all returned to the City line-up against Millwall and are likely to continue at Hillsborough as Leicester look to retain their place at the top.
Sean St. Ledger (groin) and Tom Hopper (shin) are the only injury absentees.
The fomer Stocksbridge Park Steels man is in top form with the Foxes after struggling somewhat in his first season at the King Power Stadium. A die-hard Owl he may be, but that will not stop him being desperate to find the back of the net at Hillsborough.
Wednesday wins: 41
Leicester wins: 39
Last Time Out:
Leicester 0-1 Wednesday
King Power Stadium, 9/3/13
Connor Wickham scored the only goal to give the Owls a crucial three points in their battle against relegation at Leicester.
v Norttingham Forest (H) - 7/12/13
v Watford (A) - 14/12/13
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Date:Tuesday December 3 2013
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