A look ahead to Town’s trip to Hillsborough
Town faces its first Yorkshire Derby of the season on Wednesday night as they travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday; kick-off 7.45pm.
Town continued their good form on Saturday with a hard earned victory over Derby courtesy of Danny Ward’s first minute strike.
Wednesday on the other hand come into the game on the back of two defeats, the latest against Brighton on Friday.
Barry Gordon and Keith Lawson
Wednesday’s latest results
Brighton (Championship) 3-0 (L)
Crystal Palace (Championship) 2-1 (L)
Fulham (Capital One Cup) 1-0 (W)
Millwall (Championship) 3-2 (W)
Birmingham (Championship) 3-2 (W)
Town Team news:
Town’s only injury concern at the moment is Oscar Gobern who is recovering from an ankle injury. Both Joel Lynch and Sean Scannell, who were doubts ahead of Derby, passed fitness tests and played a part in the victory.
Wednesday Team news:
Wednesday look likely to be without strong left-back Reda Johnson who is struggling with an injury as is summer signing Anthony Gardner who is recovering for a hamstring injury. If both players fail to make the game Mark Beevers looks set to continue in the left-back berth with Joe Mattock at right-back. Alternatively, Jones could introduce former Oldham fullback Kieran Lee.
Defender Lewis Buxton (hamstring) is unlikely to feature and midfielder Chris Lines definitely won’t be as he recovers from a long term injury.
Wednesday Manager Dave Jones:
Dave Jones was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday in March 2012, taking over the reins from Gary Megson.
As a player, Jones’ career saw him play for a number of teams including Everton, Preston North End and Seiko in Hong Kong. In total, he made over 150 appearances during his 10 year career as a player, before retiring in 1984.
In 2006, he moved to Wales to take charge of Cardiff. He guided them to the Championship Play-Off’s twice, losing at Wembley to Blackpool in 2010 and then in the semi-finals the following season against Reading. His failure to land Cardiff a place in the Premier League at the third attempt was the end of the line for Jones’ time at Cardiff and he was sacked on May 30, 2011.
Jones’ Wednesday didn’t lose in League 1 under him and as a result they managed to steal the second automatic place from under the noses of their city rivals, United.
His managerial career has spanned over 15 years and during that time he has taken charge of 800 senior matches.
Wednesday transfers 2012/13
Anthony Gardner – Crystal Palace – free transfer
Chris Maguire – Derby – signed
Danny Mayor – Preston – signed
Diogo Amado – Uniao Leiria – free transfer
Nejc Pecnik – Nacional – free transfer
Rhys McCabe – Rangers – free transfer
Michail Antonio – Reading – signed
Paul Corry – UCD – signed
Martin Taylor – Watford – signed
Chris Kirkland – Wigan – free transfer
Kieran Lee – Oldham – free transfer
Joe Mattock – West Bromwich Albion – free transfer
Ross Barkley – Everton – loan
Jay Bothroyd – QPR – loan
Rodri – Barcelona B - loan
Jon Otsemobor – MK Dons – free transfer
Clinton Morrison – Colchester – free transfer
Rob Jones – Doncaster – free transfer
Vadaine Oliver – Lincoln – free transfer
Ryan Lowe – MK Dons – signed
David Prutton – Scunthorpe – signed
Doigo Amado – Estoril – free transfer
Mike Jones – Crawley – signed
Giles Coke – Swindon – signed
Mark Reynolds – Aberdeen
Liam Palmer – Tranmere
Key man – Jermaine Johnson
Johnson moved across Yorkshire from Bradford City in January 2007, penning a three-year contract at Hillsborough.
The Jamaican international is capable of playing as a wideman on either flank and can also operate in attack if required.
Johnson was a firm fans favourite at Bradford, for whom he scored four times in 30 outings after joining from homeland club Tivoli Gardens in 2006.
Prior to his time at Valley Parade, he spent two years with Oldham Athletic and also enjoyed a brief period at Bolton Wanderers.
Throughout 2009/10, the Jamaican was one of Wednesday's biggest threats over the course of the season with his electric pace causing problems for most Championship defenders. His goal tally of seven in all competitions during that campaign was also his best to date.
Last season the winger made 28 appearances scoring four goals and become a firm favourite of Jones’ after he took charge in March. Already this season Johnson has almost matched his goal tally from last season with three goals in six games.
From The North/South/East - Exit the M1 at junction 36 and follow the A61 towards Sheffield. Continue along the road for approximately four miles until the second roundabout. Take the third exit (Leppings Lane) - the ground is situated on the left-hand side.
From The South/East (non matchdays only) - Leave the M1 at junction 33 and turn left towards Sheffield City Centre on the 'Sheffield Parkway' dual carriageway. Continue until the end of the Parkway, when you will come to Park Square roundabout.
Turn right and continue to follow signs for the A61 towards Barnsley. Signs for Hillsborough are also prominent. The stadium is situated three miles from the city centre and is on your left-hand side after Hillsborough Park.
From the West - Take the A57 for Sheffield. As you approach the city the road splits in two - take the left fork onto the Rivelin Valley Road (A6101). Continue for approximately 3.75 miles, turn left (onto one way system) and follow the road round to the right onto Holme Lane. This road then becomes Bradfield Road. At the junction with the A61 Penistone Road, turn left towards Barnsley. Hillsborough Stadium is on the left-hand side after Hillsborough Park.
Sheffield Railway Station (Contact Midland Mainline on 0845 712 5678) is situated in the town centre, 3 miles from the ground.
Take the South Yorkshire Supertram (signposted from the Railway Station) towards Middlewood Road (yellow route). Exit at the Leppings Lane stop, which is a short walk from the ground.
From the Railway Station, Flat Street Bus Terminus is a one-minute walk - cross over at the pedestrian crossing, and follow the signs. Bus numbers 53, 77 and 80 all run from Flat Street to Hillsborough.
Tickets are on general sale.
Tickets are priced at £28 for adults and £17 for over-65s and under-18s.
Terriers Travel – with Stotts Coaches. Departing the Stadium at 5.45pm, seats on the official coaches are priced at £10.50 per person.
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