Brian Laws will be in charge of the Owls for the first time as they travel to Ipswich Town on Saturday – and will hope to continue the recent run of form which has seen the Owls pull well and truly clear of the relegation zone.
Wednesday can leapfrog the tractor boys with a victory at Portman Road – but it will all depend on which Ipswich side turns up, the side that hammered Luton Town 5-0 or that side that were on the wrong end of a 5-1 defeat to West Bromich Albion. Lets hope it’s the latter..
Brian Laws told the official SWFC site:
‘We’re not changing things just yet, we’re just implementing little things. They have had a winning formula so I don’t want to tinker too much, why do that when it’s not broken?
‘They have been doing the job really well and playing with confidence so there will be no major changes in the same at all. It will be the same team that was involved in the last game other than Mark Crossley, which has been forced upon us.’
Ipswich captain Jason De Vos told the Evening Star:
“Home form is the foundation for any success and as far as I’m concerned we have conceded too many points at home already this season. We need to turn what we have here – great stadium, great pitch, great fans – to our advantage.
“Other teams come here and are buoyed by what they see but we need to nullify that by getting on top of them early on and making it count.”
Ipswich Town Team News:
The big news in the Ipswich camp is that Town will be without highly-rated youngster Billy Clarke who is recovering from a knee injury and is set to see a specialist in the coming days. Clarke has a been a big hit with the Town fans since bursting on to the scene this season and will be a big loss to the Tractor Boys.
Midfielder Simon Walton will also be missing as hit sits out on the sidelines to service a one-match ban but former Manchester City and Preston hitman Jon Macken is back in contention for a starting place after missing the last three matches with a hamstring injury.
Sammy Moore will also be included in the squad while Town boss Jim Magilton also confirmed that Gary Roberts will also make his first home league start for Town in tomorrow’s clash.
Player to watch: Sylvain Legwinski
The former Fulham and France international has been a big hit down at Portman Road since his summer arrival from Craven Cottage and is likely to be the biggest threat in carving open the Owls defence on Saturday. The Frenchman has also netted three goals from nine matches and will be wanting to continue his fine form on Saturday.
Wednesday Team News:
New Wednesday boss Brian Laws will welcome former team-mate Mark Crossley in to the Owls team as he takes the number one jersey from former loanee Brad Jones whose three month deal with the club ended last week. Crossley, 37, made the move from Fulham last week and will add some experience to the Owls defence.
But Graham Coughlan looks set to miss out again after suffering a recurrance of his hamstring injury in the final minutes of the Owls’ 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace. Lee Bullen deputised for Coughlan in the weekend victory over Leicester City and looks set to continue at the back but youngster Tommy Spurr could also be in contention.
The former Scunthorpe boss has revealed he’s unlikely to make many changes to the team who are currently third in the Championship form guide. Deon Burton and freescoring Marcus Tudgay are set to continue together in attack despite Law’s relationship with Steve Maclean and Scunthorpe.
Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay
The Owls hitman is bang in form and is a threat to any Championship defence on top form. The former Derby County man has netted five goals in his last four outings and has formed a superb partnership with Deon Burton in the Owls attack – an attack which has netted ten goals in their last four outings.
Match Facts & Stats
Last Time Out:
WEDNESDAY 0-1 Ipswich Town
17th December 2005 – Hillsborough
A single Nicky Forster goal just three minutes from time gave the Owls a not-so-merry Christmas at Hillsborough. Wednesday were in the middle of their poorest run of results in the season and despite creating many chances to win the match it was the Suffolk club who returned home with all the christmas cheer.
ITFC wins: 12
SWFC wins: 14
Ipswich Town: Supple, Bruce (Sito 58), De Vos, Naylor, Richards, Harding, Legwinski, Noble, Walton, Lee, Roberts. Subs Not Used: Drobny, Currie, Haynes, Peters.
Wednesday: Jones, Bullen, Bougherra, Simek, Hills, Lunt, Folly, Small (Talbot 72), Brunt, Tudgay (MacLean 87), Burton. Subs Not Used: Adamson, Whelan, O’Brien.
Latest Form – Last 5
-Taken from www.bet365.com-
ITFC win: 5/6
SWFC win: 11/4
Birmingham v Barnsley
Cardiff v Burnley
Coventry v Derby
Crystal Palace v Stoke
Hull v Wolverhampton
Leeds v Colchester
Leicester v Plymouth
Luton v QPR
Southend v Preston
Sunderland v Southampton
West Brom v Norwich
Vs Coventry City (A) – 18/11/06
Vs Cardiff City (H) – 25/11/06
Vs West Brom (H) – 28/11/06