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We're aiming to get the job done

8 January 2021

Neil Thompson will miss Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash with Exeter but the Owls’ caretaker manager has every faith in the coaches taking charge at St James Park in his place.

Wednesday Under-18s manager Andy Holdsworth will lead Wednesday in Devon, alongside Daral Pugh, Tony Strudwick and Nicky Weaver.

Thompson said: “It’s frustrating that I’ll be at home watching the game and not there.

“But Andy Holdsworth is more than capable. He’s a good coach and got a lot of good people around him.


“We’ll have a team out there that is competitive and aiming to get the job done.

“We’ve got a big hurdle to get over, but this could galvanise the spirit. Bumps in the road are a part of football and this is no different.

“It’s not perfect timing, we’ve had two good results and earned 10 points from 12. It’s been tough getting those points and they’ve shown they’ve got a lot of character.”

With our Middlewood Training Facility currently closed due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests in the Owls ranks, Thompson explained how his side have prepared ahead of the weekend’s cup tie.


He added: “Tony Strudwick has been coordinating the training remotely with all the players at home.

“We’ll be travelling on three coaches to Exeter today and the team will be tested again this morning. It will be as safe and secure as possible.

“The 23s are there to be used if called upon. You can see how Liam Shaw has done in the last few weeks and that should be a motivating factor for anyone.

“Every game is an opportunity to impress.”

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