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Match preview: Owls v Boro

22 July 2020

The last round of Championship fixtures take place this evening as the Owls host Middlesbrough.

Boro head to S6 for the season finale in mixed form, having won their last two games on the road against Millwall and Reading but having also slipped to three consecutive home defeats to QPR, Bristol City and Cardiff.

Wednesday will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing afternoon against Fulham on Saturday which saw Garry Monk’s side score three times at Craven Cottage but finish on the losing side, 5-3.

The Owls boss has demanded a much-improved display from his side and three points to finish the campaign.

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Here’s what you need to know ahead of the game:

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
- Kick-off, 7.30pm
- Sky Bet Championship
- Hillsborough

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee - Jarred Gillett
Assistants - Steven Meredith and Shaun Hudson
Fourth Official - Scott Duncan

iFOLLOW

Tonight’s clash with Boro will be broadcast live on iFollow and match passes are available by CLICKING HERE, priced at £10.

For Season Ticket holders who have selected the iFollow bundle, this fixture will be streamed on iFollow.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The Owls' social media accounts will keep you up to date with everything surrounding tonight's game, Twitter (@swfc) will provide live updates and check out our Instagram story too!

TEAM NEWS

SWFC: The Owls have no fresh injuries to report ahead of the final game.

It is likely that Garry Monk will make changes from the 5-3 defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Atdhe Nuhiu and Jacob Murphy came off the bench at half time and got the goals at the weekend and will be pushing to start against Boro.

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Liam Palmer and Kieran Lee are also available having recovered from minor injuries.

Connor Wickham also came on at half time last weekend against the Cottagers and will be vying for a place in the starting XI.

Middlesbrough: Neil Warnock will be forced into making at least one change for the visit to Hillsborough with midfielder Jonny Howson suspended after seeing red against Cardiff last time out.

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FORM

Owls: LLWDL
Middlesbrough: LWLWL

LAST MEETING – 28 September 2019

LAST FIVE V MIDDLESBROUGH

Boro 1-4 Owls – 28 September 2019 - Championship
Boro 0-1 Owls – 26 December 2018 – Championship
Owls 1-2 Boro – 19 October 2018 – Championship
Boro 0-0 Owls – 30 January 2018 – Championship
Owls 1-2 Boro – 23 December 2017 – Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-2 Middlesbrough

22 July 2020

The curtain came down on Wednesday’s season with a last-gasp 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough at Hillsborough.

Jacob Murphy signed off his S6 loan spell with his ninth goal of the season but Paddy McNair replied to seemingly pave the way to a point apiece.

But Britt Assombalonga had the final word in stoppage time, firing the winning goal to ensure a final day win for the visitors.

Both sides also hit the woodwork but overall it was a season finale that flattered to deceive after a bright enough start.

McNair fired an early warning shot with a thunderous drive from the edge of the area that rattled the upright and fortunately for Wednesday rebounded to safety.

And that stroke of good fortune served the Owls well as they burst into the lead on 11 minutes. Murphy picked up possession just inside the area on the angle and his shot looped over Dejan Stojanovic to nestle high into the net with the aid of a deflection.

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Boro responded well, though, with Ashley Fletcher and George Saville forcing Joe Wildsmith into evasive action.

And the visitors got their reward midway through the first half. George Friend crossed hard and low to the back post, where McNair was on hand to apply the finishing touch.

The Owls regained the upper hand and Tom Lees went close with a firm header but the half time score essentially represented an even 45.

The second period saw Boro begin on the front foot and Dominic Iorfa bravely blocked a goal-bound effort from Fletcher.

Wednesday hit back with Connor Wickham brushing the top of the crossbar with a clever chip before Britt Assombalonga dragged a low drive wide.

The drinks break came and went, with little action of note as the contest threatened to fizzle out bereft of real incident.

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Assombalonga might have settled matters but sidefooted wide and Wickham was thwarted by a last-ditch Anfernee Dijksteel tackle.

Murphy slotted inches past the post after great work down the right from Iorfa and that appeared to signal honours even.

But Assombalonga swivelled to drill past Wildsmith, who watched the ball roll agonisingly over the line having initially made what seemed a fine low save.

The final whistle sounded moments later and this most unprecedented of seasons finally drew to a close, some 11 months after it kicked off last August.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer, Lees, Iorfa, Harris, Bannan, Shaw (Luongo 53), Lee (Reach 81), Murphy, Nuhiu (Windass 73), Wickham

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