Sheffield Wednesday: Palmer banks on variety show

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Rochdale boss Keith Hill insists that his team must deliver a top performance if they are to beat Wednesday.

But Liam Palmer feels that an Owls variety show can upstage the FA Cup giant-killers today.

Liam Palmer says that Wednesday are well organised under Stuart Gray

Liam Palmer says that Wednesday are well organised under Stuart Gray

Hill is seeking the same sort of form that put out Leeds in the previous round.

But Hillsborough right back Palmer knows that Wednesday can adapt their tactics to combat any team whether it be 4-5-1 or 4-4-2, away or at home, against Championship rivals or lower-grade opposition.

The defender says that the Owls are more organised under Stuart Gray...”just from training and working with specific areas and how he wants us to play, leading up to certain games, and it will vary depending on whether we are playing this team or that team.

“It’s just making sure we’re used to playing either system and letting us know beforehand we might change to this or that formation. I think we have the squad to do that as well.

“We are on a nice little run, not lost in seven, and just want to keep that going as long as we can.

“You take heart from games like Burnley, where a lot of the time we were under the cosh but showed good resilience. To come out with a point against a team that’s been up there all season - and will be probably come the end - puts confidence quite high.

“Rochdale are on a good run themselves, They will have their tails up, but so shall we. We have to treat them with the right amount of respect. But we are the Championship team and need to impose our game. It’s a potential banana skin as we saw at Macclesfield.

“The main thing is not to lose, and if needs be bring them back here, though we’d like to win the first game.”

Dale boss Hill said: “Sheffield Wednesday are in great form, unbeaten in seven games. The manager has come in and done exceptionally well. He knows the players, he’s changed one or two things slightly, and the players have responded well. They’re an excellent side and will be confident.”

“We have to be at our very best to be able to compete with them. I’m hoping the players can ruise to the occasion. It’s going to be a magnificent day. We hope the players can perform in the same manner that they did against Leeds and can have that bit of FA Cup luck.”

Stuart Gray watched Rochdale at Chesterfield on Tuesday and says: “They’re a good side; they’ll get it down and play. But we’re in a very upbeat and positive mood; long may it continue.”