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Match Preview | Sheffield Wednesday (A)

4 November 2022

Morecambe begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign on Friday night as they travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday in the first round.

The Shrimps reached the third round of the competition last season, thanks to wins against Newport and Buxton, before a memorable third round tie at Tottenham Hotspur, where they were knocked out in a 3-1 defeat.

Derek Adams side come into this game following the midweek draw with Derby County on Tuesday night, where Connor Ripley made two penalty saves to help earn his side a point.

Sheffield Wednesday were knocked out of the FA Cup in the first round last season after a 3-0 defeat to Plymouth in a replay. The Owls last outing was a 4-2 win against Burton Albion on Saturday in Sky Bet League One, which saw Darren Moore's men climb to third in the table.

The Opposition
Sheffield Wednesday currently have ten wins, four draws and three defeats after 17 league games, and sit three points off of the automatic promotion places.

The Owls are three-time FA Cup winners and were crowned champions in 1896, 1907 and 1935. Their most recent FA Cup triumph was in the 1935 Final, when they beat West Brom by four goals to two in front of 93,000 at Wembley.

Wednesday are managed by Darren Moore who began his managerial career with West Brom in 2018. The 48-year-old took caretaker charge of the Baggies following the dismissal of Alan Pardew. Moore was relieved of his duties by West Brom in March 2019 and joined Doncaster Rovers where he stayed for two years before he was appointed Sheffield Wednesday manager in March 2021.

Key Players
Midfielder Barry Bannan has been at the centre of the Owls success in front of goal this season. The Scotsman has racked up four goals and five assists so far in the current campaign. Bannan put in a man of the match performance at the weekend when he scored a goal and got an assist for his side against Burton. The midfielder will make his 300th league appearance next weekend if he features in Wednesday’s clash with Accrington Stanley on 12 November.

The Owls also have experienced striker Lee Gregory in their ranks. Like Bannan, Gregory has four league goals so far this season. The 34-year-old spent time at Mansfield and Halifax before he joined Millwall in 2014 where he stayed for five years scoring 64 goals in 204 appearances at The Den. Since leaving London, Gregory spent time at Stoke and Derby before moving to Sheffield in 2021.

Winger Mallik Wilks has provided plenty of creativity for Darren Moore’s side this season. Wilks has three assists so far and scored his first goal of the season against Burton at the weekend. Despite being 23-years-old, the winger can also play as a striker and already has plenty of experience in the EFL. The Leeds-born attacker spent time with Accrington, Grimsby and Doncaster before permanently signing for Barnsley in 2019. Wilks then spent two years with Hull before joining Wednesday in the summer.

Team News
Donald Love will be back in contention for selection after serving a one match suspension for picking up his fifth booking of the season against Wycombe.

The Shrimps are without Ash Hunter and Courtney Duffus for the long-term, while Max Melbourne and Jake Taylor are close to a return but will not be available on Friday.

Meet The Officials
Sunny Gill will take charge of Friday night’s game and will be assisted by Ian Smedley and Thomas Harty with Michael Barlow appointed as the fourth official.

Gill is currently refereeing his first season in the EFL and has taken charge of 13 games so far, seven in League Two, four in the Papa John’s Trophy and two in League One.

The official made history at the start of this season when he became the first South Asian referee to be promoted to the EFL since his Dad, Jarnail, in 2010. Friday night will be the first time Gill has refereed a Shrimps game.

Tickets are available to purchase from the stadium at cash only turnstiles.

Listen Live
Dave Salmon and Matt Smith will provide live commentary of the match over on Beyond Radio from 7:30pm.

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Match Reports

Report | Sheffield Wednesday 2 Morecambe 0

4 November 2022

Morecambe were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup on Friday evening, in a 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Shrimps can count themselves unfortunate to leave in defeat after creating a number of chances on goal, but it was Josh Windass and Alex Mighten's strikes that ultimately proved the difference.

It was a slow start to proceedings at Hillsborough, as both sides were taking their time to find gaps and break the deadlock. Both sides had an effort on goal in the opening few moments, as Dylan Connolly's effort from a tight angle following a counter-attack was well saved by the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper.

At the other end, Michael Smith was given the space to head freely at goal from a cross from the left, but the frontman nodded his effort wide of the post.

The hosts hit the post 20 minutes in, as Alex Mighten received the ball back from Michael Smith to fire at goal first time. His strike took a deflection on it's way to goal before bouncing off the post and going clear.

Morecambe were holding their own in the opening half, defending well and not allowing Wednesday any space to break them down. It was going to take something special to open the deadlock, and Josh Windass provided that half an hour in, curling a strike in from distance right into the top corner to open the scoring.

Morecambe were threatening on the counter, despite going behind to a cruel goal, with Jensen Weir testing the gloves of David Stockdale as the half wore on. Aside from the goal, there was very little in the first-half and Morecambe went into the break a goal down.

Half-time: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Morecambe 0

Derek Adams made one change at half-time, bringing on Kieran Phillips in place of Jacob Bedeau to try and make a difference up front.

The Shrimps had a golden chance to equalise five minutes into the second half through Phillips who, in noticing the goalkeeper rushing off his line, opted to chip the ball over his head, with the ball just being cleared away by a defender scampering back.

Morecambe were creating chances on goal, with Jensen Weir testing David Stockdale from distance on the hour mark, with the goalkeeper there to beat the effort away.

With Morecambe looking in the ascendency, the hosts doubled their lead. A lapse back pass from Ryan Cooney allowed Alex Mighten to pick up the ball and fire a shot under Connor Ripley to make it 2-0 and in the end seal the victory for the hosts.

Cole Stockton and Ousmane Fane were brought on late into the second half, as Derek Adams tried to shake things up, but it ended in a frustrating night for the Shrimps, who exited the Emirates FA Cup at the first round stage.

Full-time: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Morecambe 0

Sheffield Wednesday: Stockdale, Vaulks, Iorfa, Wilks (Paterson 81'), Windass Dele-Bashiru 70'), Bakinson, Smith, Hunt (Ihiekwe 70'), James (Johnson 70'), McGuiness, Mighten

Subs Not Used: Charles, Brown, Gregory, Bannan, Paterson, Byers.

Goals: Windass (31'), Mighten (65')

Bookings: Johnson

Red cards:

Morecambe: Ripley, Gibson, Rawson, Delaney, Connolly, Gnahoua (Watts 78'), Weir, Bedeau (Phillips, 46'), Shaw, Cooney, O'Connor.

Subs Not Used: Smith, Fane, Stockton, Obika.


Bookings: Weir

Red cards:

Attendance: 8,558

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Ticket News

FA Cup Ticket Details | Sheffield Wednesday (A)

2 November 2022

Tickets for Morecambe's Emirates FA Cup first round match at Sheffield Wednesday go off sale on Thursday evening (11:59pm).

Tickets are prices at just £10 for adults for the match, which takes place on Friday evening kicking off at 7:45pm. Supporters can purchase tickets online, over the phone or in-store.

Pay-on-the-day will also be available at the Hillsborough Stadium at cash only turnstiles, though supporters are encouraged to buy in advance to avoid match day queues.

For full details, including ticket prices and how to purchase, click here.

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