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Ready and waiting

7 January 2013


Owls goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is keen to progress in the FA Cup with a fourth round tie away against Premier League opposition confirmed should Wednesday overcome MK Dons.

After a 0-0 draw against Karl Robinson’s side on Saturday at Hillsborough, a replay at Stadium MK will decide the cup clash on Tuesday 15 January.

The winner of the third round replay will face either QPR or West Brom.

And Bywater has said the squad will travel to the League 1 outfit confident of advancing in the competition.

He said: “We know who we could be playing in the next round but it doesn’t matter who you’re drawn against because it’s the FA Cup.

“We know what MK Dons are all about, they’re a good passing side but we’ll go down there with confidence that we can get into the next round.

“The lads are confident, we’ve had quite a few games in the last two weeks but we’ve been training every day and working hard.”

Bywater made his only his third appearance of the season at the weekend with Chris Kirkland, so far, holding down the regular starting jersey between the sticks.

But the 31-year-old, who made 34 appearances last season for the Owls, insists his focus levels have remained high and is ready for action when called upon.

“I’ve only played a few matches but my match sharpness is there because I train every day,” he explained. “I didn’t do too badly on Saturday and kept a clean sheet which was pleasing.

“I’m lucky to be at a club that is so big, I believe in the manager because I know what he’s done before and I’m involved in everything.

“If you go into training and you’re not involved with the first team it’s different but I’m involved.

“I’ve always got to be ready every game whether I’m playing or not and I have to do everything right because you never know and it’s a specialised position.

“Both me and Chris know we’re good enough to play but it’s up to the manager who plays and I respect his decision. I know him, he treats me well and I want to repay him if I play.”

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