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Sheffield Wednesday: Kevin Phillips threat to Owls

Kevin Phillips has scored eight goals against Wednesday for four different clubs

Kevin Phillips has scored eight goals against Wednesday for four different clubs

KEVIN Phillips will be bidding to extend a remarkable scoring record against the Owls when he visits Hillsborough with Crystal Palace today.

The veteran poacher has scored eight goals against Wednesday for four different clubs: Sunderland, West Brom, Birmingham and Blackpool.

His most recent was the injury-time equaliser that earned Blackpool a successful FA Cup replay last season.

Though 39 years old, he is a valued member of the Palace squad being guided towards a possible Premier League place by former Seasiders boss Ian Holloway.

Phillips, who has scored two for the Eagles since joining them last month, could be on the bench today but Owls fans will suspect danger if he comes on.

Palace possess possibly an even bigger threat, 28-goal Glenn Murray, the country’s top scorer. He pays pays Wednesday due respect: “It’s a hard place to go, Hillsborough, and we’ll have to be at our best to get some points there.

“Every game is tough in the Championship. Everyone seems to be fighting for something, whether it’s down at the bottom or up at the top.”

Holloway was Blackpool manager when the Seasiders knocked Wednesday out of the Cup last season after scraping a 1-1 home draw thanks to the Phillips goal, then winning 3-0 at Hillsborough

He said: “Dave Jones’ teams are always very competitive. He got them promoted last season and they started on a bit of a roll. The squad is forever changing; I think he’s made two great additions in Leroy Lita and Connor Wickham, so that will give them a bit of firepower.

“I’m expecting a really tough game, the crowd there are sensational if the team’s doing well, so I want to quieten that crowd down first.

“It’s all about trying to imposing our way of playing on the opposition and in the last four games I’ve insisted on that.

“I’m looking at us and what we’re going to do and I can see us get more and more polished.

Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha because of a deadleg but Holloway is looking to Yannick Bolasie to provide a wing threat - as he did in the Owls’ 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park.

Wednesday’s Jeremy Helan believes that he and Michail Antonio or Jermaine Johnson could upstage Palace’s stars: “Michail and JJ are quick; we have very good players and players who can take people on, and not only me.

“JJ did well when he came on against Birmingham, and on his day Michail can do everything.”

 

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