IT’S a first for Wednesday this weekend as the Owls face Yeovil Town for the first time in a league fixture, and for the first time since 1939 in all competitions.
A league clash has been a long time coming for both clubs but the Owls will just be focusing on bagging three points that continues their haul back up the npower League One table.
Back-to-back league victories, with a JP Trophy victory sandwiched between, have restored some of the early-season confidence at Hillsborough following a baron patch of form.
A hat-trick of victories on the spin at Huish Park this weekend will set the promotion push firmly back on track for Alan Irvine’s men.
Owls boss Alan Irvine told Wednesday Player:
‘When you go away from home, and especially us going to Yeovil, their players will be up for the game, their fans will be up for the game a well and we’re going to have to probably weather a bit of an early storm. If we do that then we may well find that we’ll come away with a good result as we did at Notts County or at Colchester earlier in the season.’
Yeovil Town Team News:
Yeovil return to home soil for the first time in three weeks against the Owls this weekend and will be looking to continue good home form which saw them draw with Southampton last time out.
Since then, Yeovil have recorded two 1-0 victories at Walsall and Rochdale and will go into the clash full of confidence following a slow start to the season.
Boss Terry Skiverton is again expected to be without midfielder JP Kalala, who is suffering from a knee injury, defender Stefan Stam may also miss out after picking up a knock recently.
Player to watch: Dean Bowditch
Bowditch broke onto the scene as a youngster with Ipswich Town and become the youngest ever player to score a hat-trick for the Tractor Boys at the age of 16. He may not have fulfilled his early potential but the hitman still has plenty of quality and will be a handful for the Owls defence.
Wednesday Team News:
Owls boss Alan Irvine will be keeping a check on winger Jermaine Johnson to see if he’s ready for his first outing of the season for the first time after recovering from injury.
The Jamaican played 85 minutes of the Owls’ reserve team clash against Nottingham Forest in midweek and came through unscathed.
He featured on the bench in the 1-0 win against Leyton Orient last weekend but wasn’t brought on. The trip to Yeovil could be Johnson’s return, whether it be from the starting eleven or from the substitutes bench.
Irvine will also be tracking the financial situation of the club, with defender Sam Sodje ready to pen a deal at S6 as soon as the transfer embargo is lifted on the club.
The Owls are awaiting an initial downpayment of £2 million from an investment group including Chris Turner, which was promised last week, and as soon its received it’ll be used to pay a £600,000 tax bill which would lift the embargo.
It’s unlikely Sodje will be available for the trip to Huish Park, but Irvine will be more than happy to continue with Lewis Buxton plugging the gap at centre-back following an injury to Mark Beevers which will see him sidelined for up to two months.
Irvine will also be hoping midfielder Giles Coke will pass a late fitness test after missing the victory over Orient with a hamstring injury.
Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson
The jet-heeled Jamaican is expected to get some kind of run-out this weekend and will no doubt be greeted to a huge applause from the travelling Wednesdayites, who are desperate to see some much-needed pace in the team this season.
Match Facts & Stats
Yeovil wins: 0
Wednesday wins: 1
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