SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Jay may face Owls in Cup

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday face a possible clash with Jay Bothroyd in the FA Cup fourth round.

The pairing of the winners of the MK Dons v Wednesday replay with the victors of the West Brom v QPR replay could mean the Owls facing their former loan striker or ex-Hillsborough star Chris Brunt.

Bothroyd played as a sub for the second half of Saturday’s 1-1 third-round draw at Loftus Road after returning there following his loan with Wednesday.

Brunt played the full game for West Brom, who were thwarted by an injury-time equaliser.

Owls goalkeeper Stephen Bywater believes that the replay at MK Dons a week tomorrow holds no fears, though Wednesday could only draw 0-0 on Saturday.

“Possibly, we should have won,” he said.

“We know what they’re about. They pass, pass, pass; we’ll go there with the same tactics.

“I remember last season there - we possibly should have won but drew. The lads are confident.”

Bywater kept the Owls in the competition with a late save: “It was a great save,” he admitted. He said that Wednesday might have scored earlier when a Michail Antonio shot was going in until it was deflected.

But the keeper admitted that Wednesday may have lacked a spark going forward: “Possibly. We still had some chances. Mama (Sidibe) won all his headers. We have had quite a few games in the last two weeks, and been training every day and working hard. Maybe fatigue plays a part.”

Fourth-round ties will be played on the weekend of January 26.

Saturday’s game provided Bywater with a rare start as Chris Kirkland was rested.

But Bywater counts his blessings: “I’m lucky to be at a club that’s so big. I believe in the manager because I know what he’s done before. He’s good to me. He involves me in everything.”

Wednesday have been linked with out-of-favour Swansea City striker Leroy Lita. Rumour is rife Lita could move on loan until the end of the season.