Wednesday will be looking for more fireworks as they aim to make it a hat-trick of wins with a tricky trip to in-form West Brom tonight.
The Owls are in their best form of the season to date thanks to two back-to-back wins, and will be keen to repeat their impressive 1-0 victory over the Baggies at the end of last season.
But Tony Mowbray’s men won’t be short of confidence, after one of the pre-season favourites for promotion made their rivals sit up and take note thanks to a thumping 3-0 win away at table topping Watford at the weekend.
And there’s the small matter of Chris Brunt featuring against the Owls for the first time since departing S6 to take in, too…
Michael Johnson told the official SWFC site:
‘The confidence is beginning to ooze back into the lads. When I first came here, it was so evident they were lacking confidence and I like to think the likes of myself, Kav, Bully and Watto have helped lift the players with our experience.
‘We all showed great spirit and character at Plymouth and it’s taken a lot of pressure from the West Brom game on Tuesday. We can go there with confidence and if we play the kind of football we played on Saturday, then who knows?’
West Brom Team News:
Most Wednesday fans will be wondering if Chris Brunt will be lining up against his former team-mates for the first time since his departure earlier this season.
But the Northern Irish international, who became a fans’ favourite at S6, has endured a stop-start time to his career at the Baggies, failing to tie down a regular first-team spot, mainly due to the impressive signings that boss Tony Mowbray has brought in during the summer.
But Brunt could well get the nod, with the hope of the tricky winger wanting to put in a grand performance in front of his former fans to start repaying the money shelled out for his services.
James Morrison is expected to start for the hosts after shaking off a toe injury picked up at the weekend, and apart from that, West Brom have no fresh injury concerns for the match.
Player to watch: Chris Brunt
Whether Brunty starts or not, it just has to be, doesn’t it? He’s sure to get on the pitch at some point, and will be keen to show Brian Laws just what he’s missing out on, as well as helping the Baggies to vital pointage.
Wednesday Team News:
Owls boss Brian Laws has a welcome selection headache going in to the difficult task against the Baggies.
Yoann Folly and former Baggie Steve Watson both impressed and helped Wednesday to their impressive 2-1 win at Plymouth at the weekend, and will be looking to keep their place.
But Glenn Whelan returns after sitting out his one-match ban, and will be pushing for a recall to the Owls’ midfield.
Owls defender Michael Johnson will undergo a late fitness test and is likely to be fit, while Akpo Sodje and Marcus Tudgay are set to remain the Owls’ front pairing for the trip.
Player to watch: Steve Watson
Watson will be hoping to impress along similar lines to Brunt, by returning to his former club and showing them just what they’re missing.
Match Facts & Stats
West Brom wins: 33
Wednesday wins: 53
Last Time Out:
West Brom 0-1 Wednesday
13 April 2007, The Hawthornes.
A sole Deon Burton strike, provided by a superb Chris Brunt cross was enough to give Wednesday all three points and keep their slim chances of a play-off place alive thanks to a superb win over the Baggies.
West Brom: W-W-W-L-L
West Brom: Kiely, Koren, Hoefkens, Albrechtsen, Robinson, Gera, Greening, Cesar, Morrison (Brunt 64), Miller (Bednar 63), Phillips (Filipe Teixeira 81). Subs Not Used: Barnett, Pele.
Wednesday: Grant, Simek, Hinds, Michael Johnson, Spurr, Jermaine Johnson (Esajas 87), Folly, Watson, O’Brien, Sodje (Burton 79), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: Burch, Lunt, Beevers.
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