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Preview: Owls v Ipswich

Ipswich Town

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, February 2


Wednesday will be looking to bounce back from the last-minute 2-1 defeat to Wolves in midweek when travel-shy Ipswich Town make the trip to Hillsborough on Saturday.

The Tractor Boys are still in and around the play-offs despite their poor away form, and former Owls Jim Magilton has splashed the cash in the January transfer window to bolster his squad for the remainder of the season.

Wednesday fell to a humiliating 4-1 reverse at Portman Road to kick-start their campaign and they'll be reveed up to avenge the defeat on Saturday.

Vital Quotes:

Tommy Spurr told the Sheffield Star:

'I was sitting on the sidelines that day. It was frustrating for me, just watching.

'We can remember that game; we're not going to let that out of our memories. Hopefully we can punish them like they punished us.'

Brian Laws told the Sheffield Star:

'This is a time when we really have to start pulling some results together, to get us away from the bottom end.

'It's not just about the players; it's about the supporters. If the fans get behind us again, they can play an important part in holding the pressure off the players and helping them to play with confidence. If they are confident, they can win the game.'

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Laws will welcome new signing Enoch Showunmi and Graham Kavanagh straight in to the squad to face the Tractor Boys on Saturday.

Showunmi has arrived on an emergency loan deal from Bristol City following the Owls' striker crisis, and could even bag a starting spot with just Deon Burton and Marcus Tudgay available up front.

Graham Kavanagh should also slot straight in to the middle of the park following his loan move from Sunderland, replacing the departing Glenn Whelan.

Wade Small could continue on the wing but Burton O'Brien will be pushing for a recall while winger Etienne Esajas will have a late fitness test ahead of the clash.

But Akpo Sodje, Leon Clarke, Francis Jeffers, Richard Wood and Steve Watson will all be sitting on the sidelines through injury.

Player to watch: Graham Kavanagh

Kav is likely to slot straight in to the Owls midfield alongside Ronnie Wallwork and Owls fans will be hoping to experienced Sunderland man carries straight on where he left off in his previous loan spell.

Ipswich Town Team News:

Former Wednesday man Alan Quinn is set to line-up for the Tractor Boys at Hillsborough on Saturday after completing his 400,000 switch from Sheffield United, and is sure to get a hot reception.

Quinn is one of a number of players boss Jim Magilton has brought in to the club in January, with striker Velice Sumulikoski, midfielder David Norris, and goalkeepers Nick Colgan and Stephen Bywater all arriving at Portman Road recently.

Player to watch: Alan Quinn

The former Wednesday and Sheffield United man is sure to get a hot reception should he take to the field on Saturday, but will that spurr the Irishman on to a great performance or see him crack under the pressure?

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 16
Ipswich wins: 13
Draws: 5

Current Form:

Wednesday: L-D-W-L-D

Ipswich: D-D-D-L-W

Last Time Out:

Ipswich Town 4-1 Wednesday

Portman Road, Saturday August 11 2007.

Wednesday slumped to a humiliating defeat at Portman Road to give their campaign the worst possible start. Leon Clarke bagged the consolation goal in the final minute for the Owls.

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Bullen, Beevers, Hinds, Spurr, Johnson (O'Brien 46), Whelan, Wallwork, Small, Sodje (Burton 65), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: Wood, Gilbert, Boden.

Ipswich: Alexander, Wright, Bruce, De Vos, Harding, Haynes (Lee 72), Miller, Garvan, Quinn (Roberts 84), Counago, Walters. Subs Not Used: Supple, Naylor, Legwinski.

Next Fixtures:

v Bristol City (A) - 09/02/08

v Charlton Athletic (H) - 12/02/08

v Coventry City (H) - 19/02/08

Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 1:13PM


Going to be a tough game, but they are better at home than away, so gives us a chance, mind we aren't very good at home so who knows!
01/02/2008 13:39:00
ooh no they havent won away all season i fear the worst
01/02/2008 14:53:00
We do seem to be the team that breaks the otehrs jinx's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01/02/2008 15:03:00
Exactly! They havent won away all season long.... we all know whats coming!!!!
01/02/2008 15:49:00
It alway's happens to us. A team on a losing streak that comes to us will break that streak, i have a bad feeling about this game!
will it ever happen
01/02/2008 16:20:00
Alan Quinn back at Hillsborough again, They just got Bywater on loan last night, hope he doesnt come in and make the difference, They've played 14 away games and not won one all season, trust Wednesday to end their drought.
01/02/2008 16:32:00
Let's give Quinny a welcome to match the one no-neck Geary got and hope it has the same effect!
01/02/2008 18:12:00
can't see him getting a good reception!!! wish I could be there. lets just hope that they keep their run up for one more game!!!!!!!!!!!! up the owls
01/02/2008 20:36:00
we musn't let them settle, who ever starts up front has got to graft, niggle and worry em like their lives depend on it, let quinny have the ball all day cos he don't go nowhere, come on wednesday!!
01/02/2008 22:18:00
hope he takes there corners he wont get ball over 1st man . owls 3 town 1 for me
02/02/2008 01:05:00
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