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Cardiff vs. Wednesday

Ninian Park

Saturday January 12th

15:00

Preview: Cardiff v Owls

The Owls travel to in-form Cardiff seeking to move further away from the drop zone after the vital win against Preston, following a dreadful December losing four out of six games. The Bluebirds will want to continue their good run, three points off the play-off places and losing only twice in their last 10 games.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws in The Star:

'I've got some options. We're getting there, fitness wise, and instead of me having to include kids the bench should be stronger as well. We'll take each game at a time. I won't be telling the opposition in advance what we're going to be doing. Let them find out for themselves on Saturday.'

Laws on the official SWFC web site:

"I've seen them play and been really impressed with their work ethic so this is going to be a really tough game. But I always believe we can go anywhere and win as long as we are on top of our game and that's something we've really been pressing on to the players this week."

Peter Whittingham told the Western Mail:

'It is nice to be tucked in the division where we are and have no one really talking about us. People have been talking about the likes of Crystal Palace and the run they have been on, but we have sort of been creeping up slowly and that is quite a nice position to be in. We are looking to get into the Premier League and with the run we are on at the moment we don't see any reason why we can't. We have nothing to be afraid of in this division at all. Even if we get a couple of injuries or whatever, then we have a good enough squad that people can come in and do a job.'

Cardiff Team News:

Keeeper Peter Enckelman has joined Cardiff City on loan from Blackburn Rovers for the remainder of the season and will be available to play. Former Owl Steve MacLean played in the win at Chasetown in the FA Cup alongside Paul Parry, with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink benched. Will he make Dave Jones' starting XI?

Player to watch: Joe Ledley

A senior Welsh international at a very young age, 19 year old Ledley is the emerging talent in this division, turning down a 2.5 million move to Wolves earlier this season to stay with the Bluebirds. A force from midfield, primarily on the left.

Wednesday Team News:

Richard Wood completed a match for the reserves mid-week and should feature again on the Owls bench. Fit-again Wade Small and Steve Watson will also be pushing for a place in the squad. Watson could return in the centre, allowing O'Brien to move back out to the wing. Akpo Sodje and Frank Simek remain sidelined. New signing Ronnie Wallwork will be available for selection.

Player to watch: Francis Jeffers

His return from injury could spark a revival in fortunes for the Owls. His class is evident to all but can he stay fit and put together a string of games to help propel Wednesday away from the drop zone?

Match Facts & Stats

Last Time Out:

Cardiff 1-2 Wednesday

Ninian Park, 07/04/07

Wednesday in fine form toward the end of last season in the good run which saw them push up to finish 9th. Goals from Burton and Clarke bagged all three points.

Current Form:

Cardiff: W L W D W W

Wednesday: D L L D L W

Previous Line-Ups:

Cardiff: Oakes, McNaughton, Loovens, Johnson, Capaldi, Whittingham, Rae, Ramsey (Blake 89), Ledley, Parry, MacLean. Subs Not Used: Forde, Hasselbaink, Purse, Thompson.

Sheff Wed: Grant, Bullen, Hinds, Beevers, Spurr, Johnson, O'Brien, Whelan, Esajas, Jeffers (Burton 61), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: Gilbert, McAllister, Wood, Boden.

Next Fixtures:

v Derby (H), FA Cup 3rd Round replay - 15/01/08

v Sheffield United (H) - 19/01/08




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Writer: Auckland Owl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2008

Time: 9:06AM

Your Comments

Macca has already said that he'll have to be careful which dressing room he walks into. He can pull the blue and white kit on if he fancies it.
Skeggy Owl
bet mclean scores. but as long as we get 1more than cardiff it doesnt matter
mick66owl
Fnacy putting in a bid for MacLean ? Not impressed with us so far, hope he'll come good - no better time than tomorrow!
bluebirdshroom
Settle for a point at a trick ground and if macca does play there is only one outcome and thats he will get injured within the first 15 minutes not before scoring a penalty because thats all he did for us!!
will it ever happen
we looked alot better side with macca playing, id have him over tudgay n burton any day, oh n jeffers
smiggyswfc
I agree WIEH! Bit controversial this but I never rated him!! Never did much for me but fans seemed to love him. No great loss when he went and doesn't seem to be making much of a mark at Cardiff. I'll probably be shot down for this by some statto McClean fan but hey it's just my opinion!
SuperOwls
good luck you guys need the points like we do too and we've got United so hopefully we can both get 3 points
ozanne park rangers
Tad harsh. He's a huge part of why were back in this league I'm not saying he's a world beater but after that season an 'that day at Cardiff' we should always be thankful for him.
McQuaid-Owls
Always be thanksful for that great Cardiff day, that took some ********* to take it, but don't think we miss him. Rate him on the same scale as Tudgay and Burton - we should get rid of them too!
SuperOwls
Why on earth do QPR keep bidding for Spurr? He is only good enough for League 1.
onedeaddj
 

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