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Match preview: Exeter v Owls

8 January 2021

It’s the FA Cup third round on Saturday with Wednesday taking on Exeter City at St James Park.

From a Wednesday perspective, the spate in COVID-19 positive cases will see changes in the dugout.

As announced earlier this week, our Under-18 manager Andy Holdsworth will be in charge from the sidelines, along with Daral Pugh, Nicky Weaver and Tony Strudwick.

Wednesday head into the cup-tie in good form having amassed 10 points from a possible 12.

Exeter are currently 10th in League Two.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides since our 2011/12 promotion campaign.


- Date: Saturday 9 January
- Kick-off, 3.00pm
- Emirates FA Cup third round
- St James Park



Referee - Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Russell
Assistant Referee 2 - Christopher Wade
Fourth Official - Kevin Johnson


Our cup-tie this weekend will be broadcast live on BT Sport Extra 5.

BT Sport is available on a monthly basis for £25 HERE, including full access to the Grecians v the Owls and all BT Sports Features.

All subscriptions made directly through this link will generate revenue for the club.


- In the event the game is drawn after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played.

- Should the score remain level after extra time, the game will be decided on the day by penalties.

- There will be no live pictures on iFollow this weekend due to broadcaster agreements but commentary will be provided on iFollow in partnership with BBC Radio Sheffield.



The draws for both the Fourth and Fifth Round of the FA Cup will take place on Monday 11 January to aid with fixture scheduling.

They will be conducted live on BT Sport 1 and the winner of our cup-tie with Exeter will be represented by ball number 28.


SWFC: Josh Windass suffered a hamstring injury in our 1-0 win over Derby last time out.

Though ruled out of the trip to Exeter, Nei lThompson revealed the injury isn’t as serious as first feared.


With Middlewood Road closed this week and players training independently, Thompson said on Friday morning it had been difficult to thoroughly assess injuries, but believes the extra few days away from the training ground may have been of benefit given the relentless fixture schedule.

Windass aside, no fresh injuries have been reported since the win over the Rams but it is likely our starting XI and bench will have numerous changes.

Exeter: The Grecians will be without Pierce Sweeney (hamstring), while ex-Owl Rory McArdle (knee) is a doubt.

Midfielder Josh Key is back available for selection after recovering from COVID-19.


Wednesday: LWDWW
Exeter: LLWLD

LAST FIVE v Exeter

Exeter 2-1 Owls – 11 February 2012 – League One
Owls 3-0 Exeter – 24 September 2011 – League One
Owls 1-2 Exeter – 7 May 2011 – League One
Exeter 5-1 Owls – 18 December 2010 – League One
Exeter 1-0 Owls – 26 April 1980 – Division Three

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Match Reports

Report: Exeter 0-2 Wednesday

9 January 2021

Goals from Adam Reach and Callum Paterson at League Two side Exeter saw Wednesday through to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Reach found the target at Exeter just before the half-hour and Paterson added a late second as the Owls progressed via a first ever win at the home of the Grecians.

Wednesday enter the hat for the next two rounds, both of which will be drawn on Monday.

The hosts were first to show on a freezing afternoon in Devon, with Matt Jay stooping to send a low header wide.


Exeter found a steady rhythm through the early exchanges, albeit without any cause for concern in the final third.

Wednesday grew more into the game as the first half unfolded but in the same way, keeper Lewis Ward was untroubled.

That was until the 28th minute, though, when Reach fired the Owls into the lead.

Barry Bannan delivered a trademark set piece over the top, just to the left, and the ball sat up invitingly for Reach to smash past Ward on the volley.


Exeter needed to up the ante in the second period and did exactly that, piling forward from the restart.

And it was a former Wednesday player who almost hit the spot – Rory McArdle’s glancing header was goalbound but for the last-ditch efforts of Joe Wildsmith.

The Owls broke dangerously and Alex Hunt might have done better when presented with a shooting chance from 15 yards but skewed high and wide.

Reach warmed the palms of Ward with a long range daisycutter as Wednesday moved to make the game safe and Bannan did likewise.


Exeter pushed to put Wednesday on the back foot but any pressing movements were met with stern resistance.

And as the clock counted down, the Owls never really looked in any danger and did make the tie safe in stoppage time.

Liam Shaw embarked on a rampaging forward march and made his way to the right of the penalty area and squared for Paterson to tap into an empty net.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Odubajo, Brennan, Shaw, Galvin (Thompson 90), Harris, Hunt (Dele-Bashiru 65), Bannan, Pelupessy, Reach, Paterson (Rice 90)

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