Wednesday will be out to extend their run in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend in the fourth round tie with Fleetwood at Hillsborough (3:00pm).
For the second week on the trot, the Owls host Scott Brown’s Cod Army.
Last Saturday, Darren Moore’s men picked up a narrow 1-0 win over Fleetwood to go 20 games unbeaten in all competitions and thus setting a new club record.
With a place in the last 16 at stake on Saturday, here’s a look at our progress so far this season in the famous old tournament.
Wednesday cleared the first hurdle without much fuss as a routine 2-0 win over Morecambe at Hillsborough secured the passage to the second round.
Josh Windass opened the scoring with an impressive strike from distance before Nottingham Forest loanee Alex Mighten scored his first goal for the club after pouncing on a loose backpass to slot under the goalkeeper.
Drawn at home to Mansfield, the Owls were given a scare by the League Two side.
The Stags led 1-0 courtesy of George Lapslie’s first half strike but substitute Michael Smith came off the bench to strike a late double to overturn the tie.
The striker’s post-match interview centred around his hopes for the next round.
“I enjoyed it!” He said of his impact from the bench. “It’s about getting into the right positions at the right time and Marvin has put two great balls into the box. We have got the right mentality in the changing room, we just want to win. I love the FA Cup, Newcastle in the next round would be my preference!”
Low and behold… the Owls draw Newcastle at home in the third round!
A memorable night under the lights at Hillsborough unfolded in front of the live BBC TV cameras.
Saturday night, 6:00pm, Wednesday went toe-to-toe with the Magpies who arrived in S6 in red hot form – 15 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Eddie Howe’s side, well in the hunt for a Champions League spot this season, had suffered just one defeat in 2022/23 – a late 2-1 loss against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League.
But in front of a raucous Hillsborough crowd, Wednesday rocked the Magpies in the second half.
A Josh Windass double inside 13 minutes put the Owls well in the ascendancy.
Facing an early exit from the competition, the visitors threw on their big-hitters from the bench in an attempt to change the tie, with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Miguel Almiron and Bruno Guimaraes ready in reserve.
The Toon Army pulled a goal back through Brazilian ace Guimaraes but the Owls were not to be denied and resisted late black and white pressure to seal a memorable cup triumph.
In a quirky twist of fate, the Owls and Fleetwood were paired for the next round – exactly one week after meeting in League One.
Marvin Johnson scored his third goal of the campaign to seal an important win for the Owls against the Cods last week.
Ironically, Johnson was also the match-winner in our previous meeting with Fleetwood at Highbury Stadium on Boxing Day.
Tickets remain on sale for the fourth round clash; adults £15, seniors/under 21s £10 and under 17s £5.
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