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Friday, March 10, 2006

Sheffield Wednesday vs QPR

[Remember QPR beating Sheffield Wednesday 8-2 in a League Cup game in 1974? (the round before we lost 0-3 at home to 3rd Division Plymouth). A couple of other victories from the early 1970s: Jago's total football in 1972/73 4:2 (4-0 at half time, I think). And the year or two before, 3-0 - All these Games of coure, were at Loftus Road). Remmeber when we signed Vic Mobley from Sheff Wed in 1969 for a massive 50,000 pounds. He 'looked" like a tough center half. Unfortunately didnt play too many games for us before injury.

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Coca Cola Championship - Saturday 11th March 2006
Team News
Wednesday - John Hills, Peter Gilbert and Steven MacLean could both be back in the squad for Saturday. MacLean missed the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff last weekend with a suspected broken toe, but a scan earlier in the week confirmed that it was merely swelling on the bone. Paul Sturrock is also hoping to dip into the loan market and add at least one new face to his ranks by the weekend.
Queens Park Rangers - Simon Royce (hip), Martin Rowlands (knee) and Dominic Shimmin (groin) were ruled out of the goalless draw against Wolves last week.
Previous Fixture Line-Up
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City: Adamson, Bullen, Coughlan, Collins, Simek, Brunt (Best 77), Whelan, Folly, O'Brien, Tudgay, Burton. Subs Not Used: Kirby, Partridge, Spurr, Rocastle.
QPR v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jones, Bignot, Shittu, Rose, Milanese, Ainsworth, Langley, Bailey, Cook, Gallen (Youssouf 63), Furlong.Subs Not Used: Thomas, Santos, Kus, Baidoo.
Selected Odds from www.owlsbet.co.uk:
Owls win - 6/4QPR win - 13/8Draw - 21/10
Correct Score - Owls to win 2-1 - 17/2
Scorecast - Chris Brunt to score first in 2-1 Owls win - 65/1
Time of First Goal - 71-80 minutes - 20/1
Last Time Out: 26th August 2005: QPR 0 - SWFC 0
John Hills saw red while three Owls players had to be withdrawn through injury as Wednesday clung on to earn a point at Loftus Road in August. The best chances fell to the home side - Gareth Ainsworth tested David Lucas with a stinging volley, while Tommy Doherty and Kevin Gallen both wasted chances. Wednesday's best effort came in the closing stages - a snapshot from Burton O'Brien being turned around the post by Simon Royce.
Competitive Form: Last 5 results (Home and Away):
Matches Played: 52 Owls Wins: 24Draws: 10QPR Wins: 18
At Hillsborough: Matches Played: 26SWFC Wins: 17Draws: 2QPR Wins: 7
Split Loyalties: A selection of players who have appeared for both QPR and SWFC:
Ron Springett, Vic Mobley, Peter Springett, Andy McCulloch, Gary Bannister, Simon Stainrod, Trevor Francis, Chris Woods, Andy Sinton, Marlon Broomes, Danny Maddix, Leon Knight
One To Watch
Gareth Ainsworth (11): Profile taken from www.qpr.co.uk - Having been released by Cardiff City, winger Gareth Ainsworth signed for Rangers in June 2003. Beginning his league career with Preston, Ainsworth had spells at Cambridge United, Lincoln, Preston (again) and Port Vale before moving to then-Premiership side Wimbledon for £2,000,000. He made just 45 appearances for the Dons due to injury problems and moved on to Cardiff City, only to be released at the end of the 2002-03 season.
His contribution to Rangers' recent success is without question, providing leadership and pace, not to mention a couple of cracking goals throughout their promotion winning 2003-04 season, which culminated in a 3-1 win at Hillsborough. Ainsworth has taken to life in the Championship without any problems. He scored only twice in 23 appearances last season, but has managed six goals in his 33 league outings in the current campaign


Mixed News For Sturrock
Owls boss Paul Sturrock has had mixed news on the injury front - with three players in contention to return against QPR but Richard Wood ruled out for the rest of the month.
Wood, who was hoping to be back in action next week, will be missing for an additional fortnight after new scans revealed he has a slight tendon problem around the site of his previously-diagnosed groin injury.
Sturrock said: "Woody wasn't responding to treatment so we scanned him from a different angle, which showed some fibres of his tendon have peeled off the bone. It'll set him back another 2-3 weeks."
But John Hills, Peter Gilbert and Steven MacLean all have a chance of being fit to face the Rs:
"Hills has trained all week and we're building Gilbert up slowly," said Sturrock on Thursday morning. "If they come through training today they should both be available for Saturday."
He added: "MacLean is still feeling some pain but he'll do the loosener on Thursday and see how he feels."
There could be a further double boost, with Jon-Paul McGovern and Steve Adams pencilled in to return to full training next week.
Sturrock said: "JP's had some good news. The thigh tear has near enough totally healed. He's back into kicking for the next couple of days and then will start training on Monday. Stevie's nipped a cartilage but it shouldn't stop his build-up [from his Achilles problem]. He hasn't had a serious reaction but the proof of the pudding will come next week when he starts ball work."

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