Owls focus firmly on the league after cup KO

By Chris Morris
Last updated : 10 February 2012

After Tuesday evening’s 3-0 home defeat against Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday will attempt to get back to winning ways as they travel to Exeter on Saturday and try to keep a grip on 2nd place in League One in the process.

Owls boss Gary Megson made a host of changes to his starting line-up in midweek and he will have been disappointed by the fact that very few of the fringe players made a claim to keep their place in the side.

As a result of that poor performance the likes of Miguel Llera, John Bostock, David Prutton, Lewis Buxton, Jose Semedo, Jermaine Johnson, Chris O’ Grady and Gary Madine are all likely to reclaim their places in the starting 11. Megson will have to make one enforced change at left-back as Reda Johnson starts a two-match ban, Julian Bennett is most likely to replace him.

Exeter could be boosted by the return of midfielder Liam Sercombe who has been forced to sit out their recent games due to an ankle injury. Other than that manager Paul Tisdale has no injury of suspension issues to concern him as he looks to turn around the Grecians poor form.

Tuesday’s defeat to Blackpool was Wednesday’s 2nd loss in their last 10 matches. The Owls have only lost 1 of their last 8 away matches in all competitions.

Exeter have only won 2 of their last 16 matches and in their recent clashes goals have been hard to come by at both ends. They have failed to score in any of their last 4 games but have only conceded 3 goals in their last 5 matches.

The two sides last met at Hillsborough in September with Wednesday running out comfortable 3-0 winners. However, the Owls have failed to win in any of the previous 5 visits toExeter, losing 4 times including a 5-1 reverse last season.

 

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