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Speaking with Vital Sheffield Wednesday

Prior to tonights Carling Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday I thought I'd track down VSW editor Nicholas Rigg and ask him his thoughts on the Rovers v Wednesday match this evening.

Here is what Nicholas had to say about his side's approach and outlook on the game -

'As nice as it would be to progress in the Carling Cup, promotion out of League One is what every Wednesday fan wants this season so a full focus on league matters will, or at least should, take priority this season. For that reason, I doubt Gary Megson will field his full strength starting XI tonight with a big game against Scunthorpe to follow this weekend.

In slightly different circumstances (we played the last round on a Thursday night with a trip down to Bournemouth following on the Saturday in the league), Megson made ten changes for the first round game against Blackpool - showing exactly where the priorities lie this season. Things are a bit easier this time around, with an extra day to prepare for the weekend and a home game making travelling easier, so I expect a stronger side at Ewood Park tonight, but far from full strength.

That understrength side did 'ok' against Blackpool, albeit Blackpool also resting their first eleven, and was hard to beat, so I'd hope that we'd at least give you a tough contest tonight. I expect, much is the Megson way, that we'll look to try and contain you, defending in numbers, and try and take our chances from set-pieces, where we've been most dangerous this season thanks to the height and strength in the squad.

We should also be bringing a decent away following given it's the early round of the competition, and midweek, so Megson will at least want to try and send those fans home happy. I was there at the semi-final some years ago when we took 6,000 and there was a great atmosphere, even though we did get beat. There won't be as many there this time, but a trip to a Premier League side is seen as a bit of a day out, and although the majority of us don't expect to progress, there is the slight hope given your poor start to the season.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 24 2011

Time: 1:35PM

Your Comments

Thank you to Nicholas for sharing his thoughts, a good insight!
Mikey Delap
Thank you to Nicholas for sharing his thoughts, a good insight!
Mikey Delap
Oh and where would we be without a return interview? - http://www.sheffwed.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=252509
Mikey Delap
Oh and where would we be without a return interview? - http://www.sheffwed.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=252509
Mikey Delap
All the pressure is on blackburn, wednesday have nothing to lose. As seen in other R2 results many lower league teams have gone to premiership teams and won showing greater desire to progress so tonight shouldn't hold any fear for Wednesday although I think Blackburn may take it more seriously than other premiership teams in an effort to get their season up and running although defeat to the owls would heap even more pressure on Kean. Progression to R3 would be nice but I won't lose any sleep if we don't as clearly getting out of league 1 is no. 1 priority this season so defeat tonight followed by 3 points Saturday would just about be fine with me.
sussexowl
All the pressure is on blackburn, wednesday have nothing to lose. As seen in other R2 results many lower league teams have gone to premiership teams and won showing greater desire to progress so tonight shouldn't hold any fear for Wednesday although I think Blackburn may take it more seriously than other premiership teams in an effort to get their season up and running although defeat to the owls would heap even more pressure on Kean. Progression to R3 would be nice but I won't lose any sleep if we don't as clearly getting out of league 1 is no. 1 priority this season so defeat tonight followed by 3 points Saturday would just about be fine with me.
sussexowl
A result tonight seems much more important for Rovers than for Wednesday. One of those potentially tricky sitiuations where there's no pressure on them but plenty on us. Could get interesting...
rossp2112
A result tonight seems much more important for Rovers than for Wednesday. One of those potentially tricky sitiuations where there's no pressure on them but plenty on us. Could get interesting...
rossp2112
we should progress but with new players lining up with each other its hard to say, fingers crossed
stevekally
we should progress but with new players lining up with each other its hard to say, fingers crossed
stevekally
3-1 i predict
stevekally
3-1 i predict
stevekally
We need a win tonight!! - 2-1 to Rovers
ITSALLROVER
We need a win tonight!! - 2-1 to Rovers
ITSALLROVER
Great prediction Steve! Can I have this week's lottery numbers?!
Mikey Delap
Great prediction Steve! Can I have this week's lottery numbers?!
Mikey Delap
HAHA thanks Mikey if only i could.
stevekally
HAHA thanks Mikey if only i could.
stevekally
How come i can never get it right on the talksport predictor lol
stevekally
How come i can never get it right on the talksport predictor lol
stevekally
 

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