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Wednesday vs. Leicester City

Hillsborough

Tuesday, December 3

7.45pm

Preview: Wednesday v Leicester

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.

Vital Quotes:

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.'

Wednesday Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Connor Wickham

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.

Leicester City Team News:

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.

Player to watch: Jamie Vardy

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.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Wednesday: L-L-L-W-D-D

Leicester: W-W-L-W-W

Head-to-Head

Wednesday wins: 41
Leicester wins: 39
Draws: 28

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.

Next Fixtures:

v Norttingham Forest (H) - 7/12/13

v Watford (A) - 14/12/13




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 3 2013

Time: 9:50AM

Your Comments

Definately need to win tonight. I vowed after the debacle against Huddersfield I woud not remove the tonsorial growth from my chin until the next win was recorded. If the losses carry on I suppose I can always get a job in Santa's grotto.
dooleys left leg
Razor time this morning then! Brilliant win. Last night proved a lot in the most dramatic way possible.
Fantham's Hairnet
When I saw last night's team sheet , I must admit I felt like going home and then after 2 minutes my feelings were even more compounded. Then what happens? They stand up to the plate and turn on what must be described as one of the best performances all season. There are still areas which need to be addressed namely the 2 "full backs" the Fat Controller brought to the club and what will we do for strikers when Connor's loan spell ends. I'm sure if Sunderland do want to sell, we will not be able to afford him. All this from a freshly scraped chin!
dooleys left leg
If you believe the PR propaganda DJ never lost the dressing room. Maybe not, but I reckon he DID lose the stadium. Going back to the Huddersfield & Bolton games last season home performances were poor and even victories were usually backs-to-the-wall nervy affairs nicked 'on the break'. The Hillsborough faithful don't enjoy seeing the initiative handed over so easily and so often and it had reached the stage where we'd invariably turn up expecting disappointment and the team would inevitably oblige. All that 'fear & intimidation' claptrap was just another excuse DJ would use to cover up his failure to deliver the type of excitement and attacking philosophy we pay our money to see. We don't need to follow that disappointment by hearing about the mistakes that led the 'their' goals or how poor the officials were on the day. We can make those judgements for ourselves. What we rely on others to do is pick a side properly prepared to go out there and make us proud. So, well done last night to SG & LB, those wearing the shirts and the crowd who recognized the effort being put in and responded accordingly. Oh, and check out the post-match interview. So refreshing I played it twice!
OurMaurice
 

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