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Match preview: Owls v Plymouth

3 February 2023

Wednesday v Plymouth Argyle
Saturday 4 February
3:00pm
League One
Hillsborough

THE MATCH

A mouth-watering contest awaits as the top two in League One go head-to-head at Hillsborough.

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Plymouth have led the way for much of the campaign but Wednesday can leapfrog the Pilgrims at the summit with victory this weekend.

Both sides have lost only three games all season, the last of which for the Owls was against Plymouth at Home Park back in early October.

Wednesday have since embarked on a 21-match run of resistance in all competitions.

TEAM NEWS

Wednesday: Barry Bannan is in the frame following a spell on the sidelines and likewise George Byers.

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The midfield duo came off the bench last weekend in the Emirates FA Cup against Fleetwood.

Darren Moore confirmed that Akin Famewo came off against the Cod Army with cramp and is available on Saturday.

Plymouth: Brendan Galloway and Mikel Miller have returned to training and could come into contention.

With no new fitness or suspension concerns, manager Steven Schumacher is set to select from a full squad.

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TICKET NEWS

An extremely limited number of tickets remain for home supporters, while Plymouth have sold out their allocation for the West Stand.

CLICK HERE for the latest ticket update on Wednesday v Plymouth.

The 1867 Lounge and Wednesday Tap will open at midday, while the Fan Zone, with its brand-new canopy to keep out the elements, also opens from 12 noon.

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OFFICIALS

Referee - John Busby
Assistant Referee - Mark Dwyer
Assistant Referee - James Wilson
Fourth Official - Ross Joyce

MANAGER'S PREVIEW - as streamed live on our YouTube channel.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

The hashtag for the game is #SHWPLY

Our official Twitter account @swfc will provide a blow-by-blow text update of the game, team news at 2:00pm and all the key updates from Hillsborough.

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SUPPORTER CONDUCT

Following isolated anti-social behaviour incidents earlier in the season, we are reinforcing the importance of all supporters staying within EFL Ground Regulations, which can be found HERE.

Under the banner of ‘Love Football. Protect The Game’ the FA, Premier League and EFL have together introduced new measures and stronger sanctions across the game to tackle the increased anti-social, discriminatory and criminal behaviours seen within football grounds.

Find out more HERE

Sheffield Wednesday are committed to fostering a fully inclusive matchday environment for all supporters, home and away. We subscribe absolutely to the EFL Code of Practice for Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination.

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-0 Plymouth

4 February 2023

Wednesday climbed to the summit of League One for the first time of the season, beating Plymouth 1-0 in a tense top of the table clash at Hillsborough.

Callum Paterson’s early strike decided a relatively even affair as the two promotion contenders went toe-to-toe.

George Byers saw a second half goal disallowed but it mattered not as the Owls leapfrogged the Pilgrims and extended their run of resistance to 22 games.

It was the ideal start for the hosts, who hit the front seven minutes in. Will Vaulks crossed low from the right and Paterson was on hand to sweep home from 12 yards on the angle.

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Wednesday deserved nothing less after taking the game to the Pilgrims from the first whistle.
Dominant in midfield and dangerous going forward, Darren Moore’s men played on the front foot.

Michael Cooper saved his side from a two-goal deficit, springing down to his left to deny new recruit Aden Flint from close range.

That, though, proved Cooper’s last contribution. Right on the half-hour mark, the keeper fell awkwardly from an aerial tussle and after lengthy treatment limped out of the action.

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Things did improve for Argyle in the remainder of the first half as they began to play through the thirds but Cameron Dawson stayed untroubled.

But the visitors were back under the cosh from the resumption, Liam Palmer caused a real scare as his cross-cum-shot grazed deputy keeper Callum Burton’s near post.

Wednesday were then dealt a blow of their own when Paterson went to ground unchallenged and was replaced by Jack Hunt.

Ryan Hardie might have done better with a rising volley after finding room in the box and likewise Marvin Johnson at the other end in almost identical fashion moments later.

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Back came Plymouth and Bali Mumba went close with a daisycutter that whistled past the post.

Wednesday made a double change midway through the second half, introducing Mallik Wilks and Lee Gregory up top.

And the impact was immediate as Wilks pulled back cleverly for Byers to slot into the Kop net only for the assistant referee’s raised flag to cut short the celebrations.

That was the foundation for a final flourish from Plymouth and Sam Cosgrove brushed the top of the net with a fierce drive from 25 yards.

But Wednesday held firm and ended an enthralling afternoon in the box seat – both in this game and the division.

Wednesday: Dawson, Paterson (Hunt 55), Iorfa, Flint, Palmer, Johnson, Vaulks, Bannan (Adeniran 86), Byers, Windass (Wilks 73), Smith (Gregory 73)

 

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