SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Forgotten man back in frame

Sheffield Wednesday.....Richard Hinds
Sheffield Wednesday.....Richard Hinds
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OWLS defender Richard Hinds looks set for his first league start in 12 months at Bournemouth tonight.

It would be the 30-year-old‘s reward for his sound show in the FA Cup tie at Birmimgham.

Hinds went on as a sub at right back - a problem position for months.

“It’s been an issue, when Lewis Buxton and Jon Otsemobor have been injured at the same time, but Richard came in and did okay,” said manager Gary Megson.

“He can go in and do a job. He seems to have been out of the picture for a long time, but we’ll see how he does.”

Hinds’ last league start was at Reading last February. He was mostly out of favour during Alan Irvine’s reign and has started only once this season, in the Carling Cup at Scunthorpe where he was sent off.

His introduction on Saturday meant emergency right-back Tommy Spurr being switched to his preferred spot on the left. “Tommy had a shot at right-back at Tranmere and I thought he did ever so well for the first hour. But it’s not fair. Needs must,” said Megson.

“If I start going about these things it will seem like excuses. We’ve had a few problems; the last thing we needed was to lose Lewis. He’s not far away. Jon will be a while.

“Giles Coke got himself sent off, as well. These things compound the issue when things aren’t going well.”

The Owls have also been without Tommy Miller (hamstring) and Jermaine Johnson (illness) but Johnson is back in light training.

Megson’s priority remains greater defensive steel: “I watched Orient on Sunday.Arsenal had the ball for three quarters of the game but Orient looked solid. If they can do it, we can certainly do it.”