Owls out to build on strong home start

Last updated : 26 August 2011 By C. Morris

Sheffield Wednesday return to League One action on Saturday when they face Scunthorpe United at Hillsborough. The Owls will be hoping to put the midweek defeat at Blackburn in the Carling Cup out of their minds as they bid to climb towards the top six in the division.

Gary Megson made 8 changes to his side for the visit to Ewood Park and further alterations are expected as it is likely that the team will be close to the one that won against Notts County last weekend. One significant change could see the return of captain Rob Jones. The former Scunthorpe defender   has missed two matches since sustaining a broken nose against Bury but is in contention to make his comeback. Influential winger Jermaine Johnson has been stepping up his rehabilitation and has an outside chance of making the squad for the first time this season.

Scunthorpe travel to Hillsborough with a fairly small squad and are not expected to make too many changes to the side that tested Newcastle in the League Cup on Thursday evening. The Iron came within 10 minutes of knocking their Premier League opponents out of the competition but were eventually sent packing in extra-time.

The visitors will definitely be without former Sheffield United youngster Jordan Robertson who is suffering from a broken ankle whilst veteran Cliff Byrne and fellow defender Paul Reid also remain side-lined.

Midfielder Garry Thompson could return to the starting line-up having only appeared from the bench on Thursday evening.

In stark contrast to their away form, Wednesday have a 100% record at Hillsborough so far this season and another victory would see them climb closer towards where they aim to be in the League One table.

Scunthorpe have made a slow start to life in League One following their relegation from the Championship last season and are yet to claim a league victory this term though they did pick up a creditable point at in-form Charlton last weekend, coming back from two goals down.

The two teams last met in the League Cup last season when Scunthorpe ran out 4-2 winners at Glanford Park. Their last meeting at Hillsborough cam in August 2009 when Wednesday cruised to a 4-0 victory in the Championship.  In 7 home games against the Iron the Owls have won 4, lost 2 and drawn 1.