Gary Megson will take charge of his first full game as Wednesday boss on home soil on Saturday when rock-bottom Plymouth Argyle visit Hillsborough.
Megson was present on the bench when the Owls drew 2-2 with MK Dons at S6 last time out but wasn’t officially in full control of the team.
Five away games have followed for Wednesday and Megson, who secured his first win in charge against Carlisle United last weekend, will be looking to mark his first full game at S6 with three points.
Owls boss Gary Megson told the Sheffield Star:
“They have these severe financial problems but it will make them focus on playing and winning games. It will galvanise them: they went down to 10 men last week and won.
“It will bring everyone together, be like a wartime spirit. Unfortunately for us, that`s our first opposition back here.
“I think Plymouth will get out of the bottom four, even with the 10 points they had deducted, because geographically it`s a difficult place to go to, and this galvanising of the club because of the financial situation will help them, so hopefully they won`t go into administration and come to a complete halt and I do think they`ll get out of it.’
Argyle boss Peter Reid told the official Plymouth Argyle website:
‘I know the manager very well. I played with him and managed him at Manchester City, played against him on numerous occasions.
‘We know Réda, he is a handful. He got some important goals for us. We are aware of it, and we’ve got to defend it. It’s important that we do defend it.’
‘There are five, six, seven of them that are over six foot tall. They got a goal from a corner last week, so we’ll have to be alert when defending dead-ball situations. It will be a quick, physical game. We’ll have to up for it in terms of competing with them, then try and then hopefully get it down and play some football.’
Wednesday Team News:
Owls boss Gary Megson will be tempted to stick with the same starting eleven that picked up three points with a 1-0 victory at Carlisle United last time out.
Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns and will be boosted with the return of midfielder Giles Coke, who sat out the last three games through suspension.
Coke could slip straight into the Owls midfield, with young Liam Palmer the man likely to miss out if Megson decides to change things.
Jermaine Johnson has resumed light training after weeks on the sidelines but isn’t expected to return to the Wednesday squad just yet.
Player to watch: Reda Johnson
Johnson signed from Argyle in January and will be keen to impress against his former club, who he faces for the first time, as well as help steer the Owls to a vital three points back on home soil.
Plymouth Team News:
Argyle’s off-the-field financial troubles have been well documented, but Argyle fans will be keen to return to the on-the-pitch action.
Plymouth’s players are, too, and they responded to their recent ten point deduction by collecting an impressive 2-1 victory over Colchester United last weekend that will give them a big boost ahead of the trip to S6.
The Pilgrims will be without midfielder Chris Clark, who was sent off in the victory last weekend and will serve a suspension on the sidelines.
Jim Paterson is also a doubt for the visitors after suffering a knee injury.
Player to watch: Rory Fallon
Argyle were forced to sell a number of players in January but managed to hold on to striker Rory Fallon. The New Zealand international netted last weekend and his goals will be crucial if Argyle are to perform a great escape this season.
Match Facts & Stats
Wednesday wins: 14
Argyle wins: 12
Last Time Out:
Plymouth 3-2 Wednesday
Home Park, 18/09/10
In a thrilling reverse fixture at Home Park last September, ten-man Argyle edged the Owls 3-2. Carl Fletcher put Argyle ahead before James O’Connor levelled for the Owls and Bradley Wright-Phillips restored the hosts’ advantage a minute after the restart. Wednesday looked on course for a point when Plymouth were reduced to ten men and Tommy Miller levelled. But Craig Noone’s 77th-minute strike settled the outcome.
v Oldham (A) – 08/03/11
v Notts County (H) – 12/03/11