We’re all set for a busy Saturday coupon this afternoon which kicks off with third from bottom Sheffield Wednesday attempting to build on their last home performance when they face Huddersfield later today.
Dave Jones’ side secured their first win of the season with a 5-2 win over Reading at Hillsborough and the former Everton manager will be hoping for a similar result against Mark Robbins’s side.
Wednesday lost 3-0 to Derby, their first defeat in 6 games after a run of four draws and a win however despite their improvements in form Jones is still a man under pressure.
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Former Owl Carlton Palmer believes his former boss, who he played under Southampton, could be in trouble if performances don’t improve.
“I’m good mates with Dave but I think even he’d have no complaints if things haven’t changed in a month’s time.
“It’s a difficult league though because lots of teams are paying huge sums of money.
“Sometimes you’re on a hiding to nothing because people don’t know the full facts. Only Dave Jones and Milan Mandaric (the Wednesday chairman) know the full situation.
“As a bloke Dave convinced me to join Southampton from Leeds United. We were near the bottom of the table and ended up nearly getting into Europe. Dave is a good manager and a good coach.”
Jones will be able to call on the services of Midfielder Jose Semedo after a three-game ban while winger Jacques Maghoma and left back Joe Mattock are pushing for returns to the first team.
Huddersfield meanwhile will be without Peter Clarke after the defender damaged medial ligaments in the recent defeat to Birmingham.
The club skipper is set to be out for up to two months with boss Mark Robbins describing the loss as a “big blow” for the club.
“The news is disappointing for Peter Clarke and the club because he has been a virtual ever-present and a very strong influence on the team since I took charge,” Robins told the club’s official website.
“It is a big blow for everyone concerned.
“Peter has the character to come back quicker than expected and it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.
“Although we can’t put an exact timescale on his return, it will be somewhere in the region of 10-12 weeks.”
Striker Martin Paterson and midfielder Jonathan Hogg both missed the clash with Birmingham however the pair are set to return against Wednesday.