IT’S just as well Sheffield Wednesday didn’t get too down about the result of their final pre-season friendly – it was a 14-0 defeat at the hands of a Conference club.
They were walloped by Alfreton Town in what was a rather embarrassing experience for Owls boss Gary Megson.
Mind you, that isn’t quite the full story. Wednesday were fielding a team of youngsters, who appear unlikely to be getting a first-team call-up anytime soon.
The team which takes the pitch tonight will be stronger ... but not by too much.
Megson’s men are in action less than 48 hours after tonight’s contest, away at Bournemouth.
The scheduling could hardly have been worse, though Wednesday will ease the burden on their overworked players by flying to the south coast for Saturday’s League One fixture.
Just about the only positive of playing tonight is the £100,000 the Owls will bank – the money Sky pay for their live TV coverage.
The viewing public may not recognise many of the players on show, though, with Megson – like his Blackpool counterpart Ian Holloway – set to name a much-changed side as he concentrates on the league.
Former Seasiders boss Megson explained: “It brings £100,000 into the club and it was something I was party to, though I didn’t particularly want to do it,” Megson explained.
“We’ll just have to adapt. I can’t promise we’ll be fielding the same 11 who played against Rochdale.
“It’s unfortunate that this could be near enough a reserve game.”
Megson has so many injuries that he won’t be able to rest all his first team players.
However, he is expected to make seven changes to the side which beat Rochdale on the opening day.
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