Wednesday go in to their final match of the season with nothing but pride to play for, but boss Brian Laws will still be hoping to give the bumper crowd something to cheer about by ending the successful campaign with three points against the Canaries.
Last weekend’s defeat at Birmingham City saw the Owls’ hopes of a play-off spot come to an end at St Andrews but the Owls boss will be hoping to take a winning momentum in to next season and continue their fine end of season form on Sunday.
And Peter Grant’s men will be wanting to do the same, with a relatively poor campaign for the Carrow Road club coming to an end with a long trip up to South Yorkshire.
And the City gaffer will n doubt want to send the 2,000-plus Canaries fans home with something to smile about.
Owls captain Lee Bullen told the official SWFC site:
‘It is disappointing to be heading into the final game having lost the chance to give it a final push.
‘We knew it was going to be tough and unfortunately we didn’t get the result last Saturday. But we gave it a good go and I think the fans appreciated that, taking into account the reception they gave us at the final whistle.
‘Hopefully it will be a nice, sunny day, the fans can enjoy a bit of a party atmosphere and we can finish on a high with three points.’
Wednesday Team News:
The main doubts for Owls boss Brian Laws are over arguably two of the club’s players of the season in Frank Simek and Glenn Whelan who both picked up knocks in the clash with Birmingham last weekend.
Simek has picked up an ankle injury and could be forced to sit out pending a late fitness test while Whelan suffered a knee injury and could be rested.
But exciting winger Jermaine Johnson could be set to end the season on a high after being a substitute in recent matches by making his full recovery from injury to start on the right.
Owls boss Brian Laws said he would test out a number of fringe and young players should the play-offs be out of reach and that could mean Rocky Lekaj, John Hills, Yoann Folly and Leon Clarke all get a run out on Sunday.
Chris Adamson will remain between the sticks after Iain Turner was recalled to Everton but youngster Richard O’Donnell is another possibility for Laws to ponder.
Player to watch: Chris Brunt
Let’s hope it’s not his final outing in the famous blue and white stripes eh? Brunty has been tracked by a number of Premiership clubs this term after being a major part in the Owls’ progression in recent weeks. Will be a key part of any promotion hunt for the club next season.
Norwich City Team News:
Canaries midfielder Youssef Safri has ruled out a return to first team action on Sunday after failing to recover from a hamstring injury picked up a month ago.
Meanwhile, City boss Peter Grant has revealed five of his squad will not have their contracts renewed next season, paving the way for the current squad to show their gaffer they’re worthy of new deals with performances at Hillsborough.
Peter Thorne, Paul McVeigh, Ian Henderson, Matthieu Louis-Jean and Andrew Fisk have all been shown the door at Carrow Road while Dion Dublin is current considering a new deal.
Player to watch: Robert Earnshaw
The Welsh international may not have had a season to remember in the green and yellow of Norwich but his pace and deadly finishing still makes him one of the top marksmen in the division, and is likely to cause the Owls’ defence all kinds of problems on Sunday.
Match Facts & Stats
Last Time Out:
Norwich 1-2 Wednesday, Carrow Road, 9th December 2006.
Wednesday were hitting form at just the right time under new boss Brian Laws and they continued their run with an impressive 2-1 victory away at struggling City back in December. A Lee Camp own goal followed up by a Deon Burton strike looked to put the Owls home and dry before a late Dion Dublin strike left the Owls to sweat out the remaining minutes and pick up the three points.
Wednesday wins: 17
Norwich wins: 14
Wednesday: Adamson, Simek (Clarke 86), Bullen, Wood, Spurr, Tudgay, Whelan, Lunt (Johnson 76), Brunt, MacLean, Burton. Subs Not Used: O’Donnell, Folly, Gilbert.
Norwich: Warner, Hughes, Dublin, Shackell, Drury, Huckerby, Etuhu, Fotheringham, Lappin (Renton 71), Martin (Spillane 61), Earnshaw. Subs Not Used: Gallacher, Colin, Eagle.
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