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Bristol City vs. Wednesday

Ashton Gate, Bristol

Saturday, February 9 2008


Preview: City v Owls

The last time the Owls faced Bristol City at Ashton Gate, both sides were looking for a way out of League One and back in to the Championship, with Paul Sturrock's Wednesday side bagging an impressive 4-1 victory at Ashton Gate.

But Gary Johnson's new-look Bristol City side have taken to the Championship like a duck to water following their promotion, and will be favourites to keep their play-off hopes alive against a Wednesday side desperate for three points to pull away from the bottom three.

Vital Quotes:

Graham Kavanagh told the official Owls website:

'There are enough games to go for us to pull ourselves clear.

'A lot of people were still speaking about the Sheffield United game when I came here and I watched the game, it was a great performance from the lads and we need a few more performances like that.

'That is the type of attitude and aggression we need to show in each game. If we do it will at least give us a chance, rather than the way we performed last Saturday against Ipswich, we were too predictable and easy to play against.'

Gary Johnson told the official Bristol City website:

'I feel Sheffield Wednesday will prove a very difficult nut to crack tomorrow.

'It might need again that patience (from supporters), but what it definitely needs is massive positive support - we've all got to give that little bit extra now.

'We've sixteen games left and everyone needs to give extra on the pitch and extra off the pitch. If you can say a prayer, light a candle or do whatever you can to give us that one per cent extra winning edge then it will be a great help.'

Bristol City Team News:

Bristol boss Gary Johnson will be keen to get his troops back on winning form after falling to a disappointing 3-0 reverse against QPR last week.

Johnson has no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's match, with only Louis Carey set to be fit and available for inclusion in his squas following a six week lay-off with an achilles injury.

Player to watch: Lee Trundle

The former Swansea City man had been an Owls target in years gone by and will be wanting to get back on the goalscoring form after 16 matches without a goal for City.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Brian Laws will welcome new loan signing Adam Bolder straight in to the squad for the trip to Ashton Gate after the QPR midfielder penned a one-month loan deal with the Owls on Friday.

But last week's loan singing Enoch Showumni will not be allowed to feature against his employers, after City allowed the striker to join Wednesday on a one-month loan last week.

Laws was hopeful of signing a Premier League striker in time for the clash, but it looks as though he'll only have Marcus Tudgay, Deon Burton and Leon Clarke available for selection in attack.

Jermaine Johnson will be missing for Wednesday after the death of his father, Wade Small could well come in to replace the Jamaican on the right of midfield.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

The Owls striker has come in for some stick in recent months but is in a fine vein of form with three goals in as many games of late, and could well be the main threat on the Bristol City goal.

Match Facts & Stats


Bristol wins: 12
Wednesday wins: 23
Draws: 9

Current Form:

Bristol: L-W-L-D-L

Wednesday: L-L-D-W-L

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 0-1 Bristol City

Saturday, September 1 2007, Hillsborough.

Wednesday's poor start to the season continued in front of the Sky cameras as a fourth minute goal for the visitors was enough to give them all three points at Hillsborough.

Next Fixtures:

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

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

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 8 2008

Time: 12:39PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

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Would Like to take a point there but it is going to be a tough game!!
will it ever happen
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08/02/2008 15:47:00

bottom 3 here we come
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08/02/2008 16:02:00

4-1 to us again..nah I'll go for a 2-1 and a much needed 3 points, keep the faith !
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08/02/2008 16:16:00

Seem to do pretty wel at Bristol so could sneak a win, like the sound of your fisrt prediction McQuaid!!
will it ever happen
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08/02/2008 16:33:00

we dominated against em at hillsboro, if we score first i think we wont lose
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08/02/2008 21:55:00


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