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Match preview: Owls v Blackburn

20 April 2021

The Owls are back at Hillsborough on Tuesday night with the home clash against Blackburn.

With slim hopes of Championship survival hanging in the balance, it’s a game from which Wednesday must emerge with a positive result.

The Owls are seven points from safety with four games to play, including a trip to relegation rivals Derby on the final day.

But to keep the fight for survival going, the Owls must dig deep in these final fixtures and three points on Tuesday would prove vital at this stage.

We face a Blackburn side who are 15th in the Championship, with two wins from their last 16 outings.

Rovers won last time out in their home fixture with Derby (2-1) on Friday evening.

Our last meeting with Rovers finished 1-1 on Boxing Day as an Adam Reach long range strike put us ahead before Joe Rothwell equalised for the host 14 minutes from time.

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Assistant manager Jamie Smith and first team coach Paul Williams will once again lead the team in midweek while manager Darren Moore continues to focus on his recovery from illness.

MATCH DETAILS

Date: Tuesday 20 April
Kick-off: 7.00pm
Championship
Hillsborough

OFFICIALS

Referee - Paul Tierney
Assistant Referee 1 - Lee Betts
Assistant Referee 2 - Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official - Marc Edwards

LIVE BROADCAST

The game will be broadcast live on iFollow with four-camera coverage and commentary from Rob O’Neill and John Pearson.

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FOLLOW THE GAME ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Our official Twitter account @swfc will provide a blow-by-blow text update of the Rovers clash, as well as posting key information, including team news at 6.00pm.

Our official Instagram @swfcofficial will also keep you up to date on the latest events and content uploaded to the story throughout the day.

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OWLS MEGASTORE

The Megastore has reopened in line with the Government’s road to recovery.

However, the store will be open at slightly reduced hours on the matchday; from 10.00am – 3.30pm.

Our Meadowhall store also opened its doors and will follow the shopping mall’s regular hours.

Supporters can purchase official SWFC merchandise 24/7 at the Sheffield Wednesday Online Shop

TEAM NEWS

Owls: Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns following the 1-1 draw with Bristol City.

Joost van Aken and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru were included in the matchday squad on Saturday as they continue to make progress towards a return to action.

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Chey Dunkley (hamstring) continues to edge closer to his return, while Moses Odubajo (hamstring), Massimo Luongo (knee), Dominic Iorfa (Achilles) and Cameron Dawson (knee) remain sidelined.

Blackburn: Defender Darragh Lenihan (groin) is expected to feature at Hillsborough after missing out in his side’s 2-1 win over Derby on Friday.

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FORM GUIDE
Owls: LWLLD
Blackburn: DLLDW

LAST FIVE v Blackburn

Blackburn 1-1 Owls – 26 December 2020 - Championship
Owls 0-5 Blackburn – 18 January 2020 – Championship
Blackburn 2-1 Owls – 2 November 2019 – Championship
Owls 4-2 Blackburn – 16 March 2019 – Championship
Blackburn 4-2 Owls – 1 December 2018 – Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-0 Blackburn

20 April 2021

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The Owls bolstered their survival hopes with a crucial 1-0 win against Blackburn at Hillsborough.

Josh Windass struck the only goal of a game that might have gone either way but the only thing that mattered from the hosts’ point of view was the three points that were stored.

Wednesday started the brighter, playing with width and pace, although it was Rovers that looked the more dangerous.

Sam Gallagher positioned himself perfectly to take aim from Adam Armstrong 12 yards out but scuffed his shot wide before much of the play began to unfold in the centre of the park.

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The Owls broke for Windass to volley over after good work from Liam Palmer but overall chances were at a premium in the first half.

That was until the 37th minute when Wednesday burst into the lead. Adam Reach crossed for Kadeem Harris to lay back into the path of Windass, whose low effort with the aid of a deflection left Thomas Kaminski flat footed.

Tom Lees met a ranging Barry Bannan feed first time at the far post just after the restart but was narrowly wide of the mark and before the Owls twice almost doubled the lead.

First Reach was spectacularly denied by Kaminski, then Windass saw a fierce drive charged down by Blackburn skipper Darragh Lenihan.

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Wednesday continued on the front foot after the break. Liam Palmer slammed just past the post and Julian Börner header a Bannan free kick over the crossbar.

Rovers, though, began to rally, pushing forward in numbers but Keiren Westwood remained untroubled.

The visitors made four substitutions midway through the second half to freshen up their offensive game but the next chance came at the other end where Palmer forced Kaminski into action at his near post.

Blackburn countered with Ben Brereton firing straight into Westwood’s midriff and that was as good as it got for the Lancashire side, while the Owls breathed life into the basement battle.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hutchinson, Börner (Urhoghide 90), Reach, Bannan, Pelupessy, Harris (Paterson 75), Rhodes (75), Windass

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