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Match preview: Stoke v Wednesday

24 December 2019

Wednesday moved up to third in the Championship following the 1-0 win over Bristol City at Hillsborough on Sunday.

Man of the Match Barry Bannan secured the points by scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot five minutes from time.


The Owls will be looking to extend their fine run of form over the Christmas period and head to Stoke with four wins from the last five and unbeaten in six.

Stoke, meanwhile, dropped to the bottom of the division on Monday as a result of Wigan gaining a point away at Blackburn.


The Potters have won just one of their last six games and are two points from safety.

Team news

SWFC: Steven Fletcher will resume training on Tuesday and could be back in the squad for the trip to Stoke.

Morgan Fox (eye) is fit and available for selection after picking up the impact injury during the Owls’ 1-0 win over Bristol City on Sunday.


Fernando Forestieri (knee) is unlikely to feature before the New Year.

Sam Hutchinson is available for selection after completing his two-match suspension.


Stoke: Full back Stephen Ward (back) and forward James McClean (hamstring) are doubts for Boxing Day.

Peter Etebo has been sidelined since October with injuries and illness but has returned to training.


Ryan Woods is also back in training after suffering with illness last week.

Championship form

Stoke: LLWDL

Top scorers

Steven Fletcher: 12 goals
Sam Clucas: 6 goals

Pre-match interview


Tickets have sold out for the Owls’ trip to the Bet365 Stadium.


Sheffield Wednesday are reminding supporters of their conduct whilst following the team both at Hillsborough and away from home.

The launching of missiles from the stands, including pyrotechnics, are criminal offences and the club have a zero-tolerance policy to these.



This weekend, iFollow commentary will be brought to you by Rob O’Neill and John Pearson.


Supporters overseas can watch the game live with enhanced multi-camera coverage for the 2019/20 season.

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Last five v Stoke

Owls 1-0 Stoke – 22 October 2019 – Championship (pictured above)
Stoke 0-0 Owls – 30 March 2019 – Championship
Owls 2-2 Stoke – 15 September 2018 – Championship
Stoke 2-0 Owls – 1 December 2015 – League Cup
Owls 1–1 Stoke – 29 March 2008 – Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Stoke 3-2 Wednesday

26 December 2019

The Owls suffered a late double Boxing Day blow as Stoke came from behind to win 3-2 at the bet365 Stadium.

James McClean gave the home side a perfect start and the Potters seemed on course for a vital win as they dominated the first half.

Wednesday were under par but sprang into life with a two-goal burst in the second period – first through Morgan Fox and then what looked to be a winner from skipper Tom Lees.

However, the hosts delivered a late, late twin salvo, with Tyrese Campbell and Sam Vokes breaking Wednesday hearts.

Stoke settled the sooner and were rewarded 10 minutes in. Sam Clucas hung a cross to the far post, where Joe Allen shot goalwards before McClean applied the finishing touch almost on the line.

McClean was proving a real threat down the left and the Irishman sent another teaser into the danger zone and Lee Gregory was a whisker away from connecting.

Stoke belied their league position with purposeful play and Wednesday struggled to get out of their own half.


But such is the attacking prowess in the ranks, the Owls all too often look likely to score and this they almost did from their first attack of note on the half-hour.

Kadeem Harris delivered a clever cross into the path of the onrushing Adam Reach, whose header came back into play off the upright.

And the Potters snatched that lifeline to create a clear cut chance from which they should have doubled their lead on 40 minutes.

McClean was again the architect, this time teeing up Clucas but Cameron Dawson dived to clear with his legs to keep the game at 1-0 going into the break.

The Owls survived a penalty shout just after the restart when Clucas went down under a Massimo Luongo challenge but the referee said no.

Despite seeing more of the ball in the second half Wednesday struggled to make an impact in the final third – until the 68th minute when they fashioned an equaliser.

Barry Bannan sent over an in-swinging corner that Fox expertly guided beyond Jack Butland with the merest of flicks.


Then, seven minutes later, the Owls stormed into the lead. The source was the same, a Bannan corner, with substitute Sam Winnall forcing a reflex save from Butland, who palmed on to the bar.

But the Stoke keeper was out of luck as Lees was roaming and ready to pounce, which he duly did from close range.

The Potters pressed in the closing stages and Dawson did superbly well to thwart the returning Ryan Shawcross, punching the centre half’s header away from danger.

Stoppage time loomed and Stoke went all out for an equaliser, piling men forward, and this tactic proved fruitful on 90+4 minutes.

After some back and forth headers in the Owls’ box, the ball found its way to Campbell, who placed his effort high past Dawson to restore parity.

Then, three minutes later, a Potters corner fell to Vokes on the line and the Welsh international poked the ball into the back of the net to give the home side a dramatic win.

Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Iorfa, Lees, Fox, Reach, Luongo (Hutchinson 57), Bannan, Harris, Nuhiu (Murphy 65), Rhodes (Winnall 59)

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Ticket News

Boxing Day clash with Stoke sold out

12 December 2019

Wednesday’s allocation for their Boxing Day clash with Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium has sold out.

The festive tie on Thursday 26 December, always a fans’ favourite in the football calendar, will see the Owls backed by over 2,900 supporters.

Fans can request to go on the reserve list by emailing with an ID number, Ticket Priority Points total and daytime contact number.

Thank you for your support!

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