Sheffield Wednesday LIVE: Watch remarkable Liam Shaw assist and emotional scenes for Owls debutant

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

By Joe Crann
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)
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, 16:57

  • 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).

It’s a great experience… It’s been tough, with the logistics, but it’s what I do every week with the 18s and 23s. Just different players.

The good thing about it is that the young lads know the first team lads as well. They’ve worked with them before. It’s interesting to see.

It’s always pleasing, I thought we did really well.

It was a professional performance… The aim was to come here and get the win, and we’ve done that.

Young players have to be given a chance, that’s where you find out if they’re ready to play at that level. Shaw and Brennan were excellent from start to finish, and Galvin hasn’t put a foot wrong.

Momentum is something that’s key in football… You’ve got to manage that. We dominated possession, but not in the areas we wanted. We tried to get up the pitch.

It’s been a great experience for me.

Joe’s player ratings . . . and they look pretty good!

Meanwhile,  Wednesday have made two subs in injury time. Declan Eratt Thompson is on for Ryan Galvin and Isaac Rice replaces goalscorer Paterson.

It’s fair to say Galvin has more than impressed on his debut.

What a run by Liam Shaw, who charges forward from the edge of his box and runs through the Exeter defence before putting the ball across the box for Calum Paterson to slot home from close.

That caps a superb individual performance by Shaw.

Nicky Lowe puts his shot high and wide from close range following a superb ball into the box by Caprice. A warning for the visitors with just a few minutes remaining. 

The boy’s done well

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