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It’s going to be interesting what sort of team Andy Holdsworth fields for Sheffield Wednesday...

Saturday, 9th January 2021, 6:19 pm
EXETER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Callum Paterson of Sheffield Wednesday scores their team's second goal past Lewis Ward of Exeter City during the FA Cup Third Round match between Exeter City and Sheffield Wednesday at St James Park on January 09, 2021 in Exeter, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The Owls take on Exeter City at St James Park this afternoon, and it remains to be seen who will be given a starting berth by the stand-in manager given the fact that the club’s training ground was closed down earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife regarding Tony Pulis’ replacement as manager at Hillsborough, with Paul Cook the bookies’ favourite today after reports emerged on Friday that he was in talks with the club regarding the position. He said on TV last night that he’s ‘flattered’.

Our man Alex Miller is in Exeter today to bring you all the news before, during and after the Owls’ clash with the Grecians, while Joe Crann will be right here on the blog to keep things ticking over.

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Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: It’s matchday for the Owls down in Exeter

Last updated: Saturday, 09 January, 2021, 18:11

  • The Owls are expected to field a young side
  • Wednesday don’t have a good record against Exeter historically
  • Paul Cook is being heavily linked with the SWFC job
  • Kick off is at 3pm
  • ECFC XI: Ward, Caprice, McArdle, Parkes, Page (Sparkes 46), Key, Taylor (Atangana, 77), Collins, Randall (Ajose 77), Bowman (Seymour 61), Jay (Law 61).
  • SWFC XI: Wildsmith, Odubajo, Brennan (Eratt-Thompson 90), Shaw, Galvin, Harris, Hunt (Dele-Bashiru 64), Bannan, Pelupessy, Reach, Paterson (Rice 90).

Holdsworth pays tribute to youngsters

Stand-in Owls coach Andy Holdsworth on Liam Shaw, Ryan Galvin and a 'tough wicket' after FA Cup win

Sheffield Wednesday stand-in boss Andy Holdsworth hailed the performances of his younger players in a solid 2-0 FA Cup win over Exeter City.

'Get Liam Shaw on a 10-year deal' - fans hail youngster after starring role in Sheffield Wednesday's FA Cup win over Exeter City

A professional-looking Sheffield Wednesday, led by stand-in manager Andy Holdsworth, booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over Exeter City at St James Park this afternoon.

Holdsworth on the job

I spoke to Thommo late on Wednesday, that was when I first heard that something was happening.

It’s been brilliant, it’s something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve been in football a long time and it’s somewhere I wanted to get to. Now I’m preparing for an FA Youth Cup game on Friday night!

Potentially, yeah… It’s not just Alex though, it’s a lot of the young ones. But we’ll look at that and see what we can and can’t do.

Ryan grew into it as well, after a shaky start. It’s the FA Cup, it wasn’t going to be easy. But he stood up to the task and we saw a bit more of the Ryan we know in the second half.

Liam is like any other young kid who needs a chance… He’s doing really well at this moment in time, but he’s a kid so will come in and out of form - it’s about how we manage that.

But I must admit that it’s exciting. It’s not just him though, it’s a good group of players.

Holdsworth on Shaw and injuries

He grew into the game, he managed it brilliantly… And it’s not often you see centre halves making runs like that. He’s a good lad, and just wants to play.

Everyone is fine, just a bit of cramp here and there.

Adam never scores tap-ins… His movement in the final third was good, and he creates for other people. Just before he scored he had a shot from the halfway line - good players score goals.

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