Can Wednesday kick-on after putting an end to their Hillsborough hoodoo?
05 April 2011 02:50
Owls Vs Rovers: Team new & preview Sheffield Wednesday finally grabbed their first home league win of 2011 on Saturday as a brace from Neil Mellor secured a 2-1 win over Colchester and they will be looking to follow that up with a positive result against Tranmere on Tuesday evening. On the back of Saturday’s win, Owls boss Gary Megson is unlikely to make too many changes to his starting line-up. The recent return of defensive utility player Lewis Buxton has been a major boost and he is expected to continue at left-back with Jon Otesmobor on the right-side following an encouraging display against Colchester. The one area where the Owls may make a change could be at centre-back. On loan defender Rob Jones was kept out of the weekend game having gone off with concussion during last Tuesday’s defeat to Brentford. If he is fit to return he will by vying with fellow loanee Danny Batth and Reda Johnson for a starting role at the heart of the defence. Tranmere travel to Hillsborough with doubts over Sunderland loanee Michael Kay. The defender, who has been a regular starter since his move from the Premier League club in January, picked up a knock during Saturday’s home defeat to Huddersfield. Rovers also have slight concerns over midfielder Andy Robinson, who missed Saturday’s match and he faces a fitness test. Promising young striker Dale Jennings is expected to be fit for Tuesday’s clash and he is likely to be partnered up front by Enoch Showunmi, who spent a short spell on loan at Hillsborough a few years ago. Young defender Nick Wood, a product of the Owls academy could be amongst the substitutes for Rovers. The 2-1 win over Colchester on Saturday was Wednesday’s first home league win in 8 matches at Hillsborough. The last minute consolation goal that they conceded means that they have not kept a clean sheet in 9 home league games or in any of their last 8 matches. Tranmere have been in poor form of late with just 1 win in ten matches though they did record a convincing 3-0 home win over the Owls in mid-February. They have won only 4 away matches in League One this season and have only 1 victory from their last 10 matches on the road. Wednesday have won 6 of the 8 matches between the two sides at Hillsborough but Tranmere recorded a victory on their last visit here in 2005, winning 2-1.