THREE former Sheffield Wednesday players will be aiming to worsen the club’s woes when they return to Hillsborough in the FA Cup next month.
And their manager relishes the prospect of a clash with the Owls in the competition’s third round.
The players are MK Dons trio Ryan Lowe, Jon Otsemobor and Darren Potter and their boss is Karl Robinson, for whom a return to the scene of the 1989 semi-final disaster always means more than a football match.
Robinson says: “I love the FA Cup and I love being in it. Hillsborough is a great place to go, especially for me, being a Liverpool fan from Liverpool; it’s always a tie I enjoy.
“I always go and have a minute to myself while I’m there, I always have done. It’s quite fitting for me to go there in the FA Cup as a manager. It’ll give me a chance to show my respect once again.”
Robinson will also be out to avenge a 3-1 league defeat at the stadium in September of last year.
The game will be a special one for Lowe and Otsemobor as both were shipped out of Hillsborough to League One this year after being only on the fringes of the Wednesday first team.
Lowe was sold for around £75,000 in August; Otsemobor was released at the end of last season at the conclusion of his contract and became Robinson’s first signing of the summer.
The right back scored the winner in Sunday’s FA Cup second-round 2-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon.
Potter made the switch to the Dons in the summer of 2011 when he he was released by Wednesday by mutual consent and he played in the 3-1 defeat at Hillsborough last season.
The Owls are grateful for a home tie in the Cup third round but of course have more important matters on their mind, with 18 Championship points at stake before they get down to Cup business on Saturday, January 5.
Wednesday are likely to be working on their defending this week, in the aftermath of the defeat at Cardiff. for Dave Jones felt that the decisive goal was preventable.
He said: “Jeremy (Helan) shouldn’t have tried to run the ball out out; he lost it; then when we cleared it we didn’t get out quickly enough to the lad it landed to (scorer Craig Conway).
“They’re things you can work on. If it’s flying in the top corner, you can’t always work on that because it’s a wonder goal. But we’re conceding goals that we can certainly stop.”
Wednesday’s Under 18s lost 2-1 at Burton in the FA Youth Cup, so the Brewers are in the fourth round for the first time.