WEDNESDAY will look to push into the League One play-offs this weekend with victory over table-topping MK Dons at Hillsborough.
Karl Robinson’s men are the early pace setters in the division, alongside Sheffield United, and will provide a big test to Wednesday’s so-far unblemished home record in the league.
But the Owls will be encouraged by their first point on their travels at promotion rivals Charlton Athletic on Monday night and will look to continue their form into the clash with the Dons.
Owls boss Gary Megson spoke to the Sheffield Star on his appointment as manager before the last meeting with MK Dons:
‘There are lots of things that have changed.
‘The training ground is a much happier place. I think everyboody, not just the players but the people who work here, enjoys coming to work. We’ve got some fantastic people. It’s humbling when you see the groundsman, Tim, coming in on Bank Holiday though he’s not getting paid.
‘In terms of the players we’ve brought in, they’re going to have their ups and downs, but I never feel that they’re not going to put in everything they’ve got every time they play.
‘I joined Sheffield Wednesday on February 4 with one thing on my mind then on February 6 that completely changed after I`d seen that game.’
MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie told the club’s official website:
‘We’re just focusing on ourselves, we know that the squad they’ve got is a really good squad, they’ve got really good players, but we’ve said that about some of the other clubs we’ve played and we’ve turned them over so we’ll just go with the same attitude.’
‘We’ve got too many strong character’s in the changing room to allow us to get carried away. All the boys are just flying and there’s so much confidence around us now, and I think when we’re going to the pitch we believe that we’re going to win, we’ve generally got no fear at all.’
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will be without regular number one Nicky Weaver, who’s travelling to the USA to see a specialist about a knee injury.
It means Richard O’Donnell will get another chance in goal for Wednesday, and he’s already made some impressive performances, albeit in cup competitions, so far this season.
There will be no home debut for new striker Ryan Lowe, who sits out with an ankle sprain, but the injury isn’t as bad as first feared. Clinton Morrison is likely to take his place in attack alongside Gary Madine.
Full-back Julian Bennett will be back in contention after missing Monday’s draw at Charlton Athletic, while Jermaine Johnson could also be included in the squad. The Jamaican has been sidelined through injury and a decision on his fitness will be made as close as possible to kick-off.
Player to watch: Clinton Morrison
After scoring Wednesday’s equaliser at The Valley on Monday night, Morrison has promised to make a better impression on Owls fans this season. He’ll be looking to find the goals to put MK Dons to the sword this weekend.
MK Dons Team News:
Karl Robinson’s men will arrive in S6 full of confidence thanks to their position at the top of League One.
The Dons have made an excellent start to the campaign, dropping just two points from their opening six matches and will aim to continue that at Hillsborough.
Owls defender Mark Beevers made the loan switch to Milton Keynes on transfer deadline day next week but he won’t be able to play as part of his loan agreement.
One former Owl who is likely to feature for the visitors is Darren Potter, who made the switch south during the summer.
Player to watch: Darren Potter
There were no tears from Owls fans when Potter left for pastures new in the summer, but the former Liverpool midfield man will aim to show his former fans just what they’re missing.
Match Facts & Stats
MK Dons: W-L-W-W-W
Wednesday wins: 13
MK Dons: 16
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 2-2 MK Dons
Wednesday came from 2-0 down to take a share of the spoils against an MK Dons side that finished with nine men. Peter Leven fired them ahead from the spot in the 18th minute before Daniel Powell made it 2-0. But sendings-off for Gary MacKenzie and Level allowed the Owls back into the game and goals from Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison secured a draw for the hosts.
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