UK time is: 11:35:15
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Blackpool

Hillsborough

26th December

15.00

Wednesday v 'Pool Preview

By Eamonn Moore

After all of the furore over Simon Grayson's acrimonious exit, Tony Parkes and Steve Thompson take charge of the Seasiders for their visit to Hillsborough.

The Seasiders head into the game on the back of last week's home draw against Swansea (Grayson's last game in charge), and will be looking to exact revenge on the Owls after losing to them at Bloomfield Road earlier in the season.

Wednesday meanwhile come into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat away at Cardiff and will be looking for three points that will move them closer to the playoff places.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws: 'I always enjoy Boxing Day games. Everyone is fed up with Christmas Day and wants to get out of the house and do some shouting!'

Karl Oyston: 'Tony and Steve are now in charge until further notice.

'What happens next? Nothing happens next. This is an indefinite appointment and I'm not prepared to set a timescale or indeed a deadline.

'In an ideal world Tony and Steve would do fantastically well and both seamlessly take over the club.

'I think upheaval never serves the best interests of a football club so to appoint from within is generally, in my experience and opinion, the best way forward.

'I am going to continue to monitor the situation and obviously it is very fluid at the moment. But that is the situation and I'm setting no deadlines and not having any timescales imposed.'

Sheffield Wednesday Team News:

Steve Watson, Wade Small and Francis Jeffers are all back in contention for the Owls after missing last week's trip to Wales.

Leon Clarke is set to miss out with a hamstring strain, whilst Nathan Modest who made his debut for the club last week is struggling with a knee injury.

Jermaine Johnson and Etienne Esajas remain sidelined while Akpo Sodje, Richard Hinds and Peter Gilbert are long-term absentees.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

The striker has notched seven goals thus far this season, making him the club's top scorer.

Blackpool Team News:

Rob Edwards is still struggling with an ankle injury, so Alex John-Baptiste is likely to deputise again.

Stephen Crainey and Jermaine Wright remain absentees, but David Vaughan and Daniel Nardiello could come into the mix should Parkes and Thompson elect to make changes.

Player to watch: Kyel Reid

The young winger on loan from West Ham has impressed down the left in recent weeks and has formed a good partnership with left back Joe Martin.

Match Facts & Stats

The clubs have met seventy three times in the past, with Wednesday having recorded thirty seven wins to Blackpool's twenty four with twelve draws.

The last time that the Seasiders won at Hillsborough was in the 2003/4 season.

Ref Watch:

Mike Oliver takes charge. This season he has officiated eighteen games, showing forty three yellows and three red cards.

Match Prediction:

This was always going to be a tough game, more so after the departure of Grayson. I'd love to say that I think the lads will respond by recording a win, but I think that the Owls will sneak it. Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Blackpool

Next Fixtures:

Sheffield Wednesday travel to Coventry on the 28th, whilst the next evening the Seasiders play host to Wolves live on Sky.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Eamonn Moore Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 24 2008

Time: 1:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Blackpool team v Brighton (Monday April 21 2014)

Meet the Referee v Burnley (Thursday April 17 2014)

Leeds Review (Thursday April 17 2014)

Fans display their anger (Thursday April 10 2014)

Relegation Battle Looms (Monday April 7 2014)

Stats: Blackpool v Yeovil (Sunday April 6 2014)

All Square at Loftus Road (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Battling pool earn Priceless Point (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 324
2. SaskPool 224
3. SeasideEssexXile 190
4. Poole-Pool 177
5. Bear1951 160
6. Albert Ramsbottom 145
7. UAE Seasider 84
8. BobHatton 83
9. nodrogaty 60
10. 53CODGER 59

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Charlton 43 11 12 20 -23 45
19. Doncaster 44 11 11 22 -28 44
20. Millwall 44 10 14 20 -29 44
21. Birmingham 43 11 10 22 -13 43
22. Blackpool 44 10 13 21 -27 43
23. Barnsley 44 9 12 23 -30 39
24. Yeovil 44 8 13 23 -26 37

Breaking League News

Tigers to offer Owls target new deal
Sheff Wed : 23/04/2014 10:47:00
Dyche on the Up!
Burnley : 23/04/2014 10:05:00
Adkins: Our destiny is in our hands
Reading : 23/04/2014 10:00:00
Francis: It's all to play for
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 08:10:00
Howe: We have been frustrated
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 08:02:00
Cook: My best goal to date
Bournemouth : 23/04/2014 07:57:00
LUFC On This Day - April 23rd
Leeds Utd : 23/04/2014 07:22:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you agree with last nights protests?
Suggested By:  
Totally agree 63%
Other ways to show it 37%