Wednesday will be looking to make it six games unbeaten when they face Mick McCarthy’s promotion-hopefuls Wolves at Hillsborough tomorrow.
The Owls have returned to winning ways after a poor start to the new year, and will go in to the clash full of confidence following the comfortable 2-0 victory over Colchester in midweek.
But Wolves will be looking to go on another impressive run to cement their place in the play-offs – after their six-game winning run came to an abrupt halt at Coventry on Tuesday night.
Mick McCarthy told the official WWFC site:
‘We all want to start another winning run so that’s what we will be attempting to do tomorrow.
‘There might have been mitigating circumstances on Tuesday, the game coming so close to the Albion match, but I’m not going to make excuses because we didn’t play well – even when we had 11 men.’
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday boss Brian Laws will be forced to use striker Marcus Tudgay on the wing again with the news that Wade Small will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.
Jermaine Johnson will also remain sidelined which means young acadamy product Rocky Lekej could once again get his place on the Owls bench following his substitute appearace against Colchester on Tuesday night.
One boost for Laws will be the return of on-loan midfielder Steve Watson who has recovered from a calf injury picked up in the draw against QPR last weekend.
Left-back Peter Gilbert should remain at left-back after coming through his first match in the blue and white stripes since his injury – against Wolves last season – which ruled him out for a year.
Player to watch: Chris Brunt
The Northern Irish winger has been in hot form all season for the Owls – prompting scouts from clubs around the Premiership to watch the youngster. And Brunt will be hoping to continue his fine goalscoring form which has seen him become the Owls top scorer this season.
Wolves Team News:
Former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara will be sitting in the stands through suspension after being sent off in Wolves’ defeat at Coventry in midweek.
Former Ipswich defender Jamie Clapham is the likely option to fill in for McNamara in the Wolves defence with Charlie Mulgrew still a few weeks away from full fitness.
The only other worry is for goalkeeper Matt Murray who picked up an injury at the Ricoh Arena. The stopper picked up a knee injury and will undergo a late fitness test before travelling to S6.
Player to watch: Andrew Keogh
The former Scunthorpe striker made the move to Molineux during the transfer window and will be keen to greet former Iron boss Laws with a goal to get Wolves’ promotion aspirations back on track.
Match Facts & Stats
Last Time Out:
Wolves 2-2 Wednesday, Molinuex, 28/10/06.
Leon Clarke bagged a superb brace against the Owls as Sean McAuley took charge of his first away match following the sacking of Paul Sturrock. Wade Small and Chris Brunt bagged the Owls goals as they held McCarthy’s men to a draw.
Wednesday wins: 35
Wolves wins: 38
Wednesday: Turner; Simek, Bullen, Wood, Gilbert (Spurr 84); Tudgay, Lunt, Whelan (Folly 77), Brunt; MacLean (Lekaj 86), Burton. Subs Not Used: Adamson, Graham.
Wolves: Murray, Edwards, Breen, Neill Collins, McNamara, Kightly (Clapham 46), Potter, Olofinjana, McIndoe (Mark Davies 78), Ward (Bothroyd 73), Keogh. Subs Not Used: Budtz, Craddock.
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Luton v Ipswich
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Sheff Wed v Wolverhampton
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