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Preview: Owls v Charlton

Wednesday
vs.
Charlton Athletic

Hillsborough

Monday, April 21

3pm

Three games left, nine points to play for. Wednesday host Charlton Athletic in their penultimate home match of the Championship season and they'll be looking for a bit of revenge following their FA Cup defeat earlier in the campaign.

The Owls would have faced rivals Sheffield United in the quarter-finals of the competition, and been faced with a chance of running out at Wembley, but the Addicks spoilt the party with a convincing win at Hillsborough.

Wednesday now have little but pride, both in their league finish and Yorkshire bragging rights with Leeds United trailing only on goal difference, but Charlton arrive in S6 desperate for points to aid their battle against relegation.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday will go into the game in high spirits thanks to a 4-2 victory at Bournemouth on Friday with only ten men.

Sam Hutchinson, who also got on the scoresheet, saw red for a second bookable offence and will sit out the visit of the Addicks through the first of his two-match suspension.

Lewis Buxton will be touch and go after leaving the pitch at Bournemouth early in the second half through injury, and Liam Palmer, who replaced him on Friday, is his likely replacement should he miss out.

Players including Leon Best and Giles Coke will be looking for a call-up to the starting eleven should boss Stuart Gray tinker with his starting eleven in light of two matches in four days.

Player to watch: Michail Antonio

Antonio will be keen to finish what has been a frustrating season, mainly due to injury, in good form and will also be keen to add his name to the team sheet in the Owls' penultimate home fixture of the season.

Charlton Athletic Team News:

Charlton arrive in South Yorkshire with a big relegation battle on their hands but they do have the added extra of having a game in-hand on their rivals.

The Addicks sit above the drop zone only on goal difference above Blackpool and will be desperate for points at Hillsborough and a repeat of their FA Cup success earlier in the season.

They were held to a goalless draw by Bolton Wanderers in their last outing but they will at least have on-loan striker Marvin Sordell back available after he was unavailable to feature against his parent club. Sordell is expected to go straight back into the starting eleven.

Full-back Chris Solly could also make a first-team return after being rested last time out.

Player to watch: Marvin Sordell

Charlton need goals and Sordell, who was ineligible to play against parent club Bolton last time out, will be the man the Addicks look to.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Wednesday: W-D-D-L-L

Charlton: D-L-L-W-L

Next Fixtures:

v Bolton Wanderers (H, Sat 26/4)


Writer:Nick
Date:Sunday April 20 2014
Time: 11:59PM

Comments

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individual errors cost us apparently. Er let me think where i have heard that before. When will we stop hearing this excuse i wonder and more to the point what are we to do about it or what can we do about it. This remains to be seen. I am sure that both Leicester and Burnley this year have had there fair share of individual errors what is the secret to stop them happening again on a regular basis. Nigel Pearson & Sean Dyche is my offering does Stu have a big stick in his office to start bashing one or two with and will these individual costly mistakes be almost eradicated when Stu signs his own players this summer Crystal Ball time all good stuff eh
andymac-scoresagoal
22/04/2014 15:17:00
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I thought about boycotting this article on account of the photo (yup, this is getting beyond personal now) but your views are worth a comment or two andymac- The one thing Leicester & Burnley had in common was their ability to select from a settled squad, ie. they've used the least number of players of all Championship sides (as opposed to our mind-boggling total). Does this suggest something? Overall fitness levels perhaps? Success linked with stability? And no clear reliance on the loan market? Stu's hands have been tied in some respects but he has done a great job and it's all about next season now for me. Or rather the close season, ins and outs. Trouble is, MM has already mentioned the prospect of season-long loans and you JUST KNOW that'll mean waiting for the Prem clubs to decide who is surplus and who ain't and the likes of us kicking off our season with gaping holes in our preferred starting XI. Hope I'm wrong though.
OurMaurice
22/04/2014 16:10:00
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I reckon your 100% right OM. how much longer can we get away with this policy of free agents (often has beens) and loan players. If we all reflect on the last couple of years we have been extremely lucky to get away with it. Unfortunately it seems to be the policy for the foreseeable future. oh by the way there is talk of a posible take over as well at some point maybe.
andymac-scoresagoal
23/04/2014 10:29:00
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Still, I hope lessons have been learned from our earlier clangers. Like Jones being told to loan players out before getting the 'green light' to sign the likes of McPhail & Olofinjana on short term deals. As if they were gonna trigger our climb up the table. Or the better class of loanee who gets recalled the minute he shows a bit of form. Not to mention the serious wages paid to players who spend their time nursing injuries. Don't know about a Director Of Football, I reckon our first recruits need to be a top grade fitness coach and a new groundsman. Wonder what Tony Toms is up to these days?
OurMaurice
23/04/2014 13:46:00
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