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Match Pack: Owls v Sunderland

29 September 2023

Wednesday v Sunderland
Friday 29 September
8:00pm
Championship
Hillsborough

THE MATCH

The Sky Sports cameras return to Hillsborough on Friday night as Wednesday and Sunderland go head-to-head in the Sky Bet Championship.

It has been a tough start to 2023/24 for the Owls and Xisco, though the Wednesday manager is hopeful that first win of the season is right around the corner.

After a positive start to last weekend’s clash at Swansea, the Owls fell away after conceding from the penalty spot.

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The defeat left Wednesday at the foot of the table.

Prior to their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Cardiff last Sunday, Sunderland had been in strong form.

The Black Cats were unbeaten in five, including victories over Rotherham, Southampton, QPR and Blackburn.

Tony Mowbray’s side are fifth in table heading to S6.

MINUTE’S APPLAUSE

Following dialogue with our Supporters Engagement Panel, a minute’s applause will be held ahead of tonight’s clash with Sunderland as we pay tribute to Maddy Cusack, who sadly passed away last week aged just 27.

Maddy featured over 100 times for Sheffield United Women whilst playing a key role in the club’s marketing department.

Supporters have also arranged a minute’s applause for the 28th minute of the game in honour of Wednesdayite Liam Rodgers, who sadly passed away this week aged 28.

Liam was a popular figure and a regular at Owls matches home and away, and his presence will be strongly missed by everyone associated with Wednesday.

Our sincere thoughts and condolences are very much with Maddy’s and Liam’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY

As always, we remind supporters to arrive early to avoid unnecessary queues on matchday.

Please scan the barcode on entry, not the QR code on your Season Card.

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LIGHT SHOW

The Hillsborough light show will illuminate the stadium as the players emerge from the tunnel before kick-off.

*Due to the speed and frequency of the light intermittence, we strongly advise anyone with a photosensitive disorder to show caution before entering the stadium.

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TEAM NEWS

Wednesday: No fresh injuries were reported on Wednesday during our pre-match press conference.

Josh Windass was on the bench at Swansea after picking up a knock in the clash with Middlesbrough.

Sunderland: Bradley Dack (hamstring) and Pierre Ekwah (dead leg) are expected to miss out on Friday.

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Jewison Bennette could return after recovering from a recent illness.

Eliezer Mayenda, Jay Matete, Timothee Pembele and Corry Evans have all been sidelined in recent weeks.

FROM BOTH SIDES

XISCO: “We can change nothing in the past but we can learn from our mistakes and right now, our big focus is towards Friday night.

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"We have made some mistakes sometimes. We need to find the balance, one of the key things in the Championship is to try and find the clean sheets and arrive in more dangerous situations for our strikers."

BANNAN: “We understand the frustrations of the fans because as a fan you just want your team to win. But this is when we need them the most. Without them last season - you think back to the Peterborough game -a we wouldn’t be where we are right now, so this is a call to keep behind the players and help us get that win.”

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MOWBRAY: “We have to take the positives out of last weekend (1-0 loss to Cardiff). It’s a game of fine margins and my message to the players is to keep going. Sheffield Wednesday are fighting for every point. We have to be professional and impose our style of play on the game but be mindful of the threats they carry.”

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FULL OWLS PRESS CONFERENCE (AS STREAMED LIVE)

OFFICIALS

Referee - Sam Barrott
Assistant Referee 1 - Wade Smith
Assistant Referee 2 - Mark Stevens
Fourth Official - Matthew Donohue

FAN ZONE

Our Fan Zone is open from 5:00pm until 7:45pm for supporters to enjoy pre-match refreshments.

For details on our brand-new Fan Zone coming soon to S6, CLICK HERE.

FAMILY ZONE

Our Grandstand Family Zone is open from 6:30pm for youngsters to enjoy gaming, face painting and the chance to meet some special guests!

iFOLLOW

Live audio commentary is available HERE on iFollow, with Rob O’Neill and guest co-commentator Giles Coke set to call the action!

The game is live on Sky Sports and due to broadcast restrictions, there will be no iFollow live stream.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The hashtag for the match is #SHWSUN

Our Twitter/X account @swfc will provide real time updates, with team news at 7:00pm.

Follow us on Instagram for matchday content and subscribe and turn on notifications for our YouTube channel, where you can view extended match highlights.

LOVE FOOTBALL, PROTECT THE GAME

The EFL, Premier League, FA, FSA, PGMOL, LMA and PFA have come together this season to implement a series of measures to address behaviour across the game.

This includes new policies, procedures, and regulations to eradicate unacceptable conduct on the pitch, on the sidelines and in the stands.

The new measures build on the work launched last season to combat dangerous and illegal fan behaviour, supported by the ‘Love Football. Protect the Game’ football-wide campaign.

CLICK HERE for full details.

We are also reinforcing the importance of all supporters staying within EFL Ground Regulations, which can be found HERE

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Match Reports

Report | Wednesday 0-3 Sunderland

29 September 2023

Wednesday were beaten 3-0 at Hillsborough by a rampant Sunderland.

The Black Cats turned in an exhilarating first half display as Daniel Ballard’s opener was complemented by a Jack Clarke brace to all but put the contest to bed by the interval.

The second half was effectively academic and Wednesday’s hunt for that elusive first win continues.

The worst possible start unfolded as the visitors raced into an early two-goal lead.

Five minutes in, Alex Pritchard swung over a deep corner that Ballard planted home at the back post.

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Then just three minutes later, Clarke took possession on the left flank and showed fleet of foot to burst inside and slam into the far corner from distance.

Wednesday tried to pick themselves up and dust themselves down - John Buckley forced a low save from Anthony Patterson and Anthony Musaba curled narrowly over from the resulting corner.

But the Black Cats promptly resumed control and extended their lead on the half-hour mark.

Mason Burstow foxed Bambo Diaby with a delicious turn in the box, the referee saw a shirt-pull as the latter tried to recover and pointed to the spot.

Clarke stepped up and sent Vasquez the wrong way to give his side a 3-0 lead at the break.

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It was a huge assignment in the second half for Wednesday and they had little choice but to push numbers forward.

Buckley hit past the post and Callum Paterson was thwarted by an acrobatic save from his namesake.

The danger was leaving the back door open and Jobe Bellingham was inches away on the counter from distance.

That was the nearest Sunderland came to add to their tally but with Wednesday struggling to make inroads at the other end, the contest finished with a whimper and the points were never in doubt.

Wednesday: Vasquez, Valentin (Delgado 73), Bernard, Diaby (Palmer 79), Famewo, Byers, Hendrick, Buckley (Gassama 73), Paterson, Musaba, Gregory (Fletcher 79)

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