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Wednesday vs. Hull City

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, September 22


Preview: Owls v Hull

Wednesday will be hoping it's lucky number seven this weekend as they look to bag their first points of the season against Phil Brown's in-form Hull City side.

The Owls have had a disastrous start to the new campaign but will be bolstered by the new singings of Graham Kavanagh and Michael Johnson to the squad for the clash with the Tigers.

And the clash could well have extra meaning for Wednesday boss Brian Laws, with reports this week suggesting the Owls gaffer has just a number of games to save his job.

Vital Quotes:

Hull boss Phil Brown told the official HCFC site:

'The fact that they haven't got any points yet does make you worry a bit more. I think Brian Laws' sides always play attractive football and the movement of their strikers does cause problems.

'They brought a team here a couple of weeks back for a behind closed doors game and they play in an attractive way. It's something that is indoctrinated throughout the club.

'But they're just not having the luck at the moment and we have to make sure their bad luck continues on Saturday.

'The fact that tomorrow is a local derby as well adds extra spice to the game. But we've got to go there with a professional mentality.'

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday are expected to welcome new loan signings Michael Johnson and Graham Kavanagh in to their starting eleven with Tommy Spurr and Kenny Lunt the likely men to drop out.

Brian Laws has a selection headache with his front pairing with Francis Jeffers, Akpo Sopdje, Deon Burton and Marcus Tudgay all fighting for a starting place.

All four got their chance in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley in midweek but failed to cement a starting place for the clash with the Tigers.

Laws will also have to ponder his options in midfield with Jermaine Johnson pushing for a return to the starting eleven, with Wade Small the man likely to drop to the bench should the Jamaican come in.

Player to watch: Graham Kavanagh

Wednesday have been crying out for some experience in the middle of the park and the centre midfield pairing of Kavanagh and Whelan could prove vital to the Owls getting out of their current mess.

Hull City Team News:

Hull will give late fitness tests to strikers Caleb Folan and Dean Windass, while former Leeds and Sunderland hitman Michael Bridges waits in the wings for a call-up to the Tiger's starting eleven.

Stephen McPhee could also be called upon by Brown after both Windass and Folan picked up injuries in the Tigers' victory over Wolves in midweek.

But Wednesday won't have to worry about Nick Barmby this time, with the former Middlesbrough man out injured along with Ryan France, John Welsh and Sam Collins

Player to watch: Jay Jay Okacha

Okocha no doubt still has the ability to compete but it could take him a while to re-adjust to life in the Championship at Hull, and Saturday could well prove too early for him to make an impression, but he'll still provide difficulties for the Owls defence.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 18
Hull wins: 9
Draws: 16

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-2 Hull City

Saturday, January 1, 2007.

Wednesday kicked off 2007 with a disappointing defeat at home to the Tigers, which started a poor run of results to see them fall away from the play-off spots.

Nick Barmby had put Hull in front early on before Deon Burton got the Owls level just after the start of the second half. But Barmby was to have the last laugh wiuth his second of the game to wrap up the points for the Tigers.

Current Form:

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

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Wood, Watson (Hinds 46), Simek, Spurr, Lunt, Whelan, Esajas, Small, Sodje (Burton 60), Jeffers (Tudgay 60). Subs Not Used: Burch, Johnson.

Hull: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Delaney, Garcia, Ashbee, Marney, Hughes, Folan (Windass 41), Okocha (Livermore 84), Windass (Bridges 65). Subs Not Used: Aspden, Dawson.

Next Fixtures:

26/09/07: Everton (H) (Carling Cup)

29/09/07: Norwich City (A)

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 21 2007

Time: 12:53PM

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Hope Barmby doesnt play always seems have a stormer against us!
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21/09/2007 13:54:00

injured i think mate
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21/09/2007 14:05:00

think its time for burton n tudgay to link up again!! we no they can play together!! one goal n we'll kill em!!
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21/09/2007 14:13:00

Yep barmby defiantley out and they could also be without windass and folan.
will it ever happen
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21/09/2007 14:21:00

Thank god Barmby injured he always scored against us. Hull website reckons Bridges and Pedersen will come in for Folan and Windass...not bad replacements
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21/09/2007 14:43:00

Barmby may be injured but you haven't seen Okotcha scare your defence to death yet!!! :o)
Nottingham Tiger
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21/09/2007 18:06:00

Now then NT he's got nothing to come, Kavanagh will kick round the park!!!!
will it ever happen
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21/09/2007 18:30:00

Okocha? did he play? Hull were toothless tigers not seen such a poor away team for years at hillsborough Wednesday werent much better but we got 3 points. Gotta improve though Jeffers dont seem interested Esajas got no confidence luckily M Johnson played his heart out no wonder every player went to him at final whistle Man O Match by a mile
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22/09/2007 20:34:00

Yeah Okocha played (44) and to be fair he played some blinding balls in. Shame none of his team mates knew what to do with it once they got it in our box! :D
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23/09/2007 09:59:00

Kavanagh was a legend too - great signings and a great result. Think we can move on from here and shoot up the table. Hope we can get them both to sign!
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23/09/2007 11:09:00

now we have to kick on from this victory.
will it ever happen
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23/09/2007 11:30:00

A real gutsy victory. Just what we needed. Cracking goal by Jeffers. Amazing support. The most vocal I've heard the crowd in a long time. Lets hope we can hang on to Kav and Johnson a little longer. Other plus points. Hinds looked good at centre back. Wood did a better job at left back than Tommy. More confidence going forward. Whelan looked a little lost on the "wing". Kav and Johnson were awesome. Grant pulled off some fine saves too. Jeffers got his finger out and started battling too. Very impressive victory. Was a tough match. Franny for a hat trick against the Toffees on Wednesday!
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23/09/2007 12:07:00


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