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Posted: Tue 27 Nov 2012
Author: Sam Furlong

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Dave Jones’ men face the Hornets tonight (Tuesday) in Yorkshire

TONIGHT’S midweek fixture see’s the Hornets travel to Hillsborough to face a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side.

Wednesday are back in the Championship after a two-year absence, and with an experienced manager in Dave Jones, they will look to survive their first season back in such a competitive league.

The Owls are currently on a four game losing streak, although back-to-back wins over Ipswich and Peterborough in late October and early November, and five goals in the process, shows what the Yorkshire side are capable of on their day. 

A victory against Watford tonight could see the Owls climb out of the relegation zone, and it would be their first three points since the 2-1 win against Posh. 

Jones will look to his more experienced players to make an impact on the upcoming fixtures, with former Premier League keeper Chris Kirkland and ex-Hornet Martin Taylor now plying their trade at Hillsborough.

They will look to last season’s standout performers Jermaine Johnson and Gary Madine to continue their form which brought about promotion. 

The last time this fixture was played was in the 2009/10 season, which resulted in a 2-1 victory for the home side, although that win didn’t stopped the Owls slipping out of the npower Championship as they lost out in a relegation battle with Crystal Palace. 

Players to watch:

Chris Kirkland - goalkeeper
The experienced keeper arrived this summer, penning a two-year contract with the Owls. He began his career with Coventry City, before Liverpool paid £6m for his services. Kirkland featured in the successful Champions League campaign in 2005. He had further spells at West Brom and Wigan, where he made over 120 appearances.

Jermaine Johnson - midfielder
The former Bradford midfielder signed for Wednesday in 2007. He was a firm favourite at Valley Parade, and also spent time on loan at Oldham and Bolton. The wideman can operate on both flanks, as well as an attacker if needed. He scored seven goals in all competitions in 2009/10 season, his best tally to date.

Jay Bothroyd - striker
Bothroyd is on loan at Hillsborough from Premier League side QPR until January. A proven goal-scorer in the Championship, Bothroyd scored 45 goals in 128 appearances under Jones at Cardiff City. The striker has had spells at Blackburn, Charlton, Wolves, and Stoke, as well as a spell abroad at Perugia.