Preview: SWFC Vs Charlton
Wednesday face Premiership opposition in the FA Cup 3rd round in the form of Charlton Athletic. Alan Curbishley's Addicks have been struggling for form recently but will relish the chance to progress to the next round of the prestigious competition.
Paul Sturrock told the official SWFC site:
''I would have loved a league game at home just to keep things going. But the pressure is off the players. They can go out and relax. The problem is we're having to make three or four personnel changes.''
''We'll pit our wits against a very good manager and a Premiership team. Hopefully we'll come out the right end and get a huge team at home in the next round.''
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will be without the services of new signing Deon Burton as the ex-Rotherham forward is cup-tied after playing for the Millers in this seasons competition. Barry Corr or Chris Brunt are likely to deputise alongside new boy Marcus Tudgay in attack.
John Hills is another Owl missing from the match after picking up his fifth booking of the season on new year's eve at Burnley. Hills has been playing in a midfield role for the club so Chris Brunt could replace him on the left hand side, with Burton O'Brien moving in to a central role.
On-loan goalkeeper Nicky Weaver is not being allowed to play in the fixture in case Manchester City require him later in the competition. It means an early return for regular 'keeper David Lucas to the Wednesday goal, although Paul Sturrock has already said he may need an outfield player to take all the goal-kicks for the former PNE stopper as he's not yet fully recovered from his knee injury.
Peter Gilbert has signed permanently for the club so will be able to play in the game. He will continue in his role at left-back.
Steve Maclean, Drew Talbot and Jon-Paul McGovern are all still out with injurys but are expected back soon. Steve Adams has been ruled out for six weeks with tendinitis so will play no part.
Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay
New-signing Tudgay will be hoping to impress the home fans in his second outing for the club, after scoring on his debut against Crewe. The former Derby man has not been cup-tied by his former club Derby, despite the move only being an initial one-month loan.
Charlton Team News:
Alan Curbishley will be without Morocco international Talal El-Karkouri after he left to join his collegues for the African Cup of Nations this week.
Francis Jeffers' loan spell with Glasgow Rangers finished over the Christmas period and so the former Arsenal and Everton man may feature in the match in a bid to re-kindle his Charlton career. Thomas Myhre is also likely to keep his place in goal after singing on a one-year deal after an injury to Dean Kiely.
Charlton are set to bring a full squad up to Hillsborough for the game in a bid to kick-start their faultering season. Darren Bent, Danny Murphy, and Luke Young are among the names to make the trip to Hillsborough.
Player to watch: Danny Murphy
Murphy has had a good season to date, with many pundits backing him for a place in the England World Cup squad after a relatively poor first season with the Addicks.
Match Facts & Stats
SWFC Wins: 16
CAFC Wins: 13
Charlton 0-1 Wednesday
How the tables have turned. Wednesday condemned Charlton to relegation in 1999 thanks to a Danny Sonner goal 10 minutes from time.
Since then the Addicks have cemented themselves as a stable Premiership side while the Owls have slipped in the other direction.
Played For Both:
Paolo Di Canio
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