BOURNEMOUTH head into tomorrow’s clash with the Owls aiming to kick-start a mission to show they can emulate last season’s adventures.
A 3-0 defeat at Charlton last Saturday was a poor start for a club who finished sixth in League 1 last season. A 5-0 home win against Dagenham and Redbridge in the Carling Cup on Tuesday has revived optimism about their prospects though.
They have lost six players who figured in the play-off semis against Huddersfield. Midfield man Danny Hollands and left back Rhoys Wiggins have gone to Charlton; captain and defender Jason Pearce to Portsmouth and midfielder Anton Robinson to Huddersfield. Loan players Adam Smith and Donald McDermott went back to their clubs, Spurs and Manchester City; but McDonald became another Huddersfield capture. Yet Bournemouth are not without key men, principally Danny Ings, a striker who has attracted interest from Liverpool and Newcastle. Fulham and Palace have had £1m offers rejected. Ings did not play in the Cup-tie this week but is set to return to face the Owls.
Manager and former Wednesday loan forward Lee Bradbury made only three changes for the Dagenham game. Wednesday will fly south today with confidence after being unbeaten against last season’s promotion contenders. The teams drew 1-1 at Hillsborough in October, with a late equaliser by Neil Mellor, and gave one of the best performances of Megson’s reign last season in a 0-0 draw in February when they deserved to win, with Liam Palmer making his full debut.
While Wednesday have signed striker Danny Uchechi on loan from Nigerian club Dender until January after having him on trial, rejected trialist Juvhel Tsoumou will be in Preston’s squad to face Scunthorpe tomorrow after international clearance was received.
Former Owls loan midfielder Isaiah Osbourne, who played against Wednesday in the Leeds friendly while on trial at Elland Road, has signed a two-year deal at Hibernian, joining former Wednesday strikers Junior Agogo and Akpo Sodje there.