Paul Sturrock will make a welcome return to Hillsborough this evening when he makes the long trip up with his Plymouth Argyle side.
Sturrock is sure to get a good reception from the Hillsborough faithful, no matter how large or small for tonight’s encounter, but Owls fans will be desperate for their men to get back to winning ways following two defeats on the bounce.
Wednesday boss Brian Laws will be keen to continue the Owls’ impressive home form in the league this season which has seen them go unbeaten.
And with Argyle visiting S6 just a matter of weeks after innflicting a heavy 4-0 defeat on Wednesday, everyone in blue and white will be keeb for a bit of revenge on the Pilgrims.
Wednesday captian Richard Wood told the official SWFC site:
‘The last two games have been disappointing, there’s no doubt about that. But those two games are the first we’ve lost on the bounce this season and I think that says something about the character of the lads.
‘But we need to get another win at home and put right the 4-0 defeat we suffered at Plymouth. If we stay on the right track at Hillsborough, I’m confident the papers won’t be reporting three successive defeats for Wednesday next week.
Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock told the Sheffield Star:
‘In our last game against Wednesday I don’t think there was four goals’ difference between the teams, but that’s what transpired.
‘There were a couple of chances in the second half, one in particular for Francis Jeffers, and if those had gone in it would have been harder for us.
‘We are expecting a really hard game, with the confidence that they have at home. The fans will be behind them.
‘It should be a good game.
‘We’re obviously disappointed about last Saturday. We want to bounce back from a bad result.’
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will have midfielder Jimmy Smith available for selection despite the Chelsea loanee being sent-off at Birmingham at weekend, with the Owls appealing against the decision.
Captain Richard Wood will be fit to continue at the heart of the Owls defence, but a late fitness test will determine whether Mark Beevers will return to partner him there, or whether Tommy Spurr will continue in the centre with Peter Gilbert at left-back and Lewis Buxton on the right.
Midfielder James O’Connor will also face a late fitness test to return to the heart of the Wednesday engine room, though Steve Watson could well continue there.
The match will come too soon for striker Marcus Tudgay though, with the former Derby man out with a groin injury, though Francis Jeffers, Deon Burton and Leon Clarke are all expected to feature in attack.
Player to watch: Jermaine Johnsonn
JJ only played 45 minutes at Birmingham but will be keen to make an impression on the home faithful following his sending off against United last time out at S6.
Plymouth Argyle Team News:
Former Wednesday striker Steve Maclean is pushing for a starting place against his former club after working his way back in to boss Sturrock’s plans at Argyle.
Nicolas Marin could well be set for his first start since moving to the Pilgrims, after making a substitute appearance in the 4-0 thumping of the Owls at Home Park.
The Pilgrims have no fresh injury concerns coming in to the game, but Sturrock is likely to ring the changes following his side’s disappointing 3-1 defeat against Ipswich Town at the weekend.
Player to watch: Paul Gallagher
Arglye will be looking towards Gallagher for the firepower to help them take something from the long trip up to South Yorkshire.
Match Facts & Stats
Wednesday wins: 12
Plymouth wins: 10
Last Time Out:
Plymouth 4-0 Wednesday
Home Park, 04/10/08
Wednesday’s poor away form continued at the start of the month when they fell to a heavy defeat at Home Park. Goals for the hosts came thanks to a Mark Beevers own goal, Paul Gallagher, Mackie and Seip.
Wednesday: Grant, Buxton, Spurr, Wood, Gilbert, Johnson (Small 46), Watson, Smith, McAllister, Esajas, Clarke (Burton 86). Subs Not Used: O’Donnell, Jeffers, Simek.
Plymouth: Larrieu, McNamee, Cathcart, Seip, Barker, Mackie (Marin 55), Summerfield (MacLean 71), Duguid, Clark, Gallagher, Fallon (Noone 55). Subs Not Used: Paterson, Timar.
v Crystal Palace (A) – 01/11/08
v Doncaster Rovers (H) – 08/11/08