Preview: Cardiff v Owls
Saturday January 12th
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.
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.
Cardiff: W L W D W W
Wednesday: D L L D L W
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.
v Derby (H), FA Cup 3rd Round replay - 15/01/08
v Sheffield United (H) - 19/01/08