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26 December 2018 Venue Riverside Stadium Attendance

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Match preview: Middlesbrough v Wednesday

24 December 2018

Boxing Day will see the Owls head to Middlesbrough and here is swfc.co.uk’s match preview;

Wednesday posted a welcome three points last time out against Preston at Hillsborough with Michael Hector registering his first goal for the club in the 1-0 win.

Victory over the in-form Lilywhites moved Wednesday up to 17th.

Boro, meanwhile, sit fourth in the Championship after their 1-0 win away at Reading last time out.

Tony Pulis’ side have won one of their last five league fixtures, along with two draws and two defeats.

Team news

Owls: Barry Bannan is available for Wednesday after serving his two-match suspension.

Caretaker manager Lee Bullen recalled Keiren Westwood to the starting XI on Saturday against Preston and the Republic of Ireland international is likely to maintain his place between the sticks.

Sam Hutchinson and George Boyd made their first league appearances since August in Saturday’s win and may be involved again on Boxing Day.

Middlesbrough: Ryan Shotton is a doubt for Boro after being withdrawn in the first half during the 1-0 win away at Reading.

The defender sustained a knee ligament injury earlier in the campaign and Boro will be hopeful the 30-year-old’s injury is not as serious this time around.

Stewart Downing was rested for the Madejski trip and is likely to feature against the Owls on Wednesday.

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SWFC have an allocation of 2,648 for this all-ticket fixture. Full ticket details here.

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Last five v Middlesbrough

2018/19
Owls 1-2 Boro | 19 October 2018 | Championship

2017/18
Boro 0-0 Owls| 30 January 2018 | Championship (pictured below)
Owls 1-2 Boro | 23 December 2017 | Championship

2016/17
Boro 3-0 Owls | 8 January 2017 | FA Cup

2015/16
Boro 1-0 Owls | 28 December 2015 | Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Boro 0-1 Owls

26 December 2018

Adam Reach returned to his old stamping ground at Middlesbrough and scored the only goal of the game as Wednesday posted back to back Championship wins.

Reach struck early in the first half to give the Owls a thoroughly deserved three points on Teesside.

To a man they battled from back to front and in the process inflicted defeat on play-off occupants Boro.

The hosts had started strong, though, and Keiren Westwood was called into action to deal with a flurry of crosses, a challenge to which the recalled keeper was equal.

After soaking up the early pressure, Wednesday countered with purpose with Barry Bannan opening up the home defence only for Lucas Joao to lose possession at the key moment.

The Portuguese didn’t seem quite himself, explained moments later when he slumped to the turf and played no further part.

Joao may not have recovered but his team mates certainly did and burst into the lead on 20 minutes.

Bannan was the architect, executing a superb ball over the top for the advancing Reach, who kept his cool to slot beneath Darren Randolph.

Boro huffed and puffed for the remainder of the first half, with Wednesday largely frustrating their hosts with calm authoritative football all over the field.

It was more of the same after the break and the Owls went close on the hour when Bannan threaded Steven Fletcher through but Randolph was off his line to deal with the danger.

Boro had to up the ante and poured men forward in pursuit of an equaliser – Marcus Tavernier chanced his arm but Liam Palmer deflected over the crossbar.

Tony Pulis’ side pushed on, winning a string of corners, but in terms of chances were limited to pot shots from range.

Jonny Howson had Westwood diving across his goal with 15 minutes to go but the ball sailed over and with the clock counting down, Boro needed a route back into the game.

Lewis Wing saw a low drive whistle wide and that was as good as it got as Wednesday held firm to record two wins from two under caretaker manager Lee Bullen.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Matias, Bannan, Hutchinson (Pelupessy 73), Reach, Joao (Onomah 15, Boyd 66), Fletcher

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Ticket News

Ticket details: Middlesbrough v Owls

29 November 2018

The Owls travel to Middlesbrough on Boxing Day (3.00pm) in the Sky Bet Championship and ticket details are as follows:

SWFC have an allocation of 2,648 for this all-ticket fixture.

East Stand prices:

Adults | £30        
65 & Overs | £20
Under 18s | £17

There are 12 wheelchair spaces which are priced at the relevant age band plus a carer free of charge.    

Inter City Owl departs from Hillsborough and Flat Street at 11.00am and prices are as follows;

Adults | £21
Children | £20
 
Any collections or duplicate tickets can be collected from the Ticket Office next to the away turnstiles.

Supporters who attend this game and purchase in advance will receive ten Ticket Priority Points.

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