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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Sheffield Wednesday

We take a closer look at tonight's opponents

16 January 2018

United face another FA Cup replay as they seek to make the fourth round of the famous competition.

Keith Curle’s side will be full of confidence after a hard-fought win over Crewe at the weekend, and could face Stevenage or Reading in the next stage of the competition.

Standing in their way are Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday, who were held to a 0-0 draw at Brunton Park last week.

But with a new man at the helm in Jos Luhukay, who will be leading his side for the first time on home soil, the South Yorkshire outfit will undoubtedly be a difficult proposition.

We cast our eye over the Owls ahead of our visit to Hillsborough:

Disappointing Form

Wednesday have won just one of their last twelve games in all competitions – a run of form that saw Carlos Carvahal lose his job and be replaced by Dutch manager Luhukay.

Their last triumph came on Boxing Day as they beat Nottingham Forest 3-0, and new boss Luhukay will be hoping to engineer a turnaround in fortunes.

He will be enthused by a resilient performance in the Steel City Derby, as his side ground out a goalless draw with Championship surprise package Sheffield United.

A win in his first home game would further build-up confidence as Wednesday look to climb towards the play-off places.

Familiar Faces

There’s a few common links between the two sides, with Wednesday stopper Keiren Westwood perhaps the most obvious.

The Irish goalkeeper spent four years at Brunton Park at the start of his career as he quickly became a fans’ favorite between the sticks, and he seems to now be thought of similarly well by the Owls’ faithful.

In the United camp, midfielder Mike Jones played for Wednesday for just six months in 2012.

Signed from Bury, Jones made just six appearances for the Owls before moving on to join Crawley Town at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

What Does History Tell Us?

United have fared rather well in their meetings with Wednesday over recent years, triumphing in three of the last six meetings between the two sides.

The last time the two sides faced off prior to our recent FA Cup meeting was in April 2012 as both teams chased the League One play-off places – Wednesday were victorious thanks to a late Michail Antonio winner after James Berrett had cancelled out Chris Lines’ opener.

Over history form has been mixed, with Wednesday claiming ten victories to United’s eight, while ten games ended in draws.

Goals Galore

Meetings between the two sides this millennium have produced their fare share of goals, with 17 scored in seven meetings.

The highest-scoring encounter came in October 2011 when United beat Wednesday 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at Brunton Park.

Lee Miller, Rory Loy and Liam Noble got the goals for the Blues as former United man Gary Madine was sent-off.

Ones to Watch

+ Ross Wallace – A set-piece specialist, Wallace made the move to South Yorkshire in July 2015 after leaving Burnley. In his two years at Hillsborough, the Scot has helped Wednesday to two consecutive play-off campaigns and has scored 11 goals in 93 appearances. The midfielder, who can play out wide or centrally, will also contribute plenty of assists to the side and will need to be watched carefully at Hillsborough.

+ Jordan Rhodes – A big-money signing from Middlesborough in last year’s January transfer window, Rhodes has netted four times in 23 appearances this season as he has led Wednesday’s front line. Having burst onto the scene during a prolific spell at Huddersfield Town, the striker has also represented Blackburn Rovers during a career which has seen goals wherever he has been. A threat in and around the area, United will need to keep an eye on him.

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MATCH REPORT: Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 0 Carlisle United

Report from the Tuesday evening FA Cup third round replay

16 January 2018

United were at Hillsborough for their Emirates FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday night.

And the teams were met by wintry conditions as the wind blew and the snow fell as they took to the field of play, with it becoming a near blizzard almost as soon as the game kicked off.

It was the Cumbrians who showed first as patient approach play earned them a corner. The Owls struggled to deal with it and a half clearance found Ellis in space on the edge of the box. His low shot was controlled by Bennett, but another scuffed clearance found the recalled central defender unmarked and with room to shoot. He connected well but it was too close to Dawson and he scooped it up comfortably.

More good play from United brought a nice pass from Devitt which invited a cross from Liddle. That was cleared at the front post but the away side stayed on the front foot and Fox had to hook it clear before Bennett could have a go.

Wednesday enjoyed a good break when Matias used pace to make his way down the right flank. His cross was aimed at Nuhiu, but Ellis and Liddle came together to deal with the threat.

Home right back Jack Hunt got forward to support the attacking play as the game remained tight, but his cross on the run flashed across the face of goal with the strikers on their heels. 

A similar delivery from Boyd followed but Liddle was glued to Nuhiu and the big forward could only guide a wayward volley over the bar.

An 18-yard free kick from a tight angle took a touch off Fox as it bent with intent towards the far post, and there was more panic in the home defence when Bennett challenged for the corner delivery. Dawson was on the floor, but so was Bennett, and it was the keeper who won the short tussle for the right to claim the ball as his own.

Boyd was a whisker away from putting his toe on a whipped through ball from Butterfield, as the game cantered from end to end, but it skipped off the surface and Bonham pulled it into his chest. That sparked a better spell for the Owls but deliveries into the area from Boyd and Hunt were well marshalled.

The home side were let off the hook when a ball over the top was flicked to Lambe following excellent control from Devitt. A lay-off to Bennett followed, as he ran into the penalty box, but he completely missed his kick and the chance to test the target was gone.

All of United's good play was made to count for nothing when they were undone by a clinical piece of route one football. A huge kick from Dawson was helped on by Nuhiu, and Matias was left to take a touch and force his way into the box. Bonham was committed and he was beaten by a clean volley which rattled into the roof of his net.

Both sides had good spells of possession following the goal and the lively Matias got behind the back line once more when a reverse pass from O'Grady put him one-on-one with Bonham. The keeper spread himself and made an excellent save.

An even better save followed when Matias turned provider with a low cross into the mix. George Boyd broke ranks to meet it and his goal-bound first-time effort was superbly stopped by one hand as Bonham dropped smartly to his right.

Carlisle spurned another good chance to cause problems when a Jones free kick looped high to the back post. Bennett had space, but he couldn't put enough on his attempt to guide it back from whence it came and it bobbled harmlessly behind.

The second period took a while to get going but quick feet from Bennett earned the Blues a corner which had Liddle interested. A touch from Fox took it away from his head and Dawson was off his line quickly to claim the second delivery.

A measured free kick from Grainger was nodded behind the advancing visitors by Ellis and Boyd broke at pace with options left and right. Grainger followed the runners to make a vital challenge just in the nick of time.

Having worked hard to stay in touch Carlisle gave another soft goal away on 66 minutes when Liddle misplaced a pass deep inside his own half. The defending side were left completely flat-footed and Matias clipped it through to Nuhiu and the centre forward dropped a shoulder and picked his spot with a curler into the bottom corner.

It became difficult for United to create any sustained forward momentum as the Owls sat on their two-goal advantage, and a high volley from Grainger summed up the frustration when he was urged to shoot by the fans behind the goal.

Jamie Devitt worked with Hope to create an opening as heavy snow descended once more, but Dawson was well positioned to move across and pull it into his midriff.

Shaun Miller was next to test Dawson with a lovely strike from distance, but the keeper got his fingertips to it to help it on its way. Two corners followed but it was home players who won the first connection and United had to pull back to try to go again.

Devitt was at the heart of the next attack as he beat his man and fed Miller on the overlap. The forward was at a tight angle and he could only find the side netting.

Bonham saved late from Matias as the offside flag went up, and he had to go low to stop a shot from the same player as the clock ticked down. 

That was the last of the action as Sheffield Wednesday took their place in the fourth round and a home tie against fellow Championship outfit Reading.

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Goals

Sheffield Wednesday - Matias (29), Nuhiu (66)

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Teams

Sheffield Wednesday - Dawson, Hunt, Jones (Reach 79), Fox, Butterfield, Nuhiu, Matias, Boyd, O'Grady, Neilsen, Venancio. Subs - Wildsmith, Rhodes, Palmer, Joao, Wallace, Pudil.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown (O'Sullivan 64), Liddle, Ellis (S Miller 67), Parkes, Grainger, Lambe, Jones, Joyce, Devitt, Bennett (Hope 58). Subs - Bacon, Nabi.

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Referee - Michael Salisbury

Attendance - 12,003 (932 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: FA Cup third round replay information

FA Cup replay ticket information

9 January 2018

Sheffield Wednesday v Carlisle United, Tuesday 16 January, kick off 7.45pm

We have received an initial allocation of 1,000 tickets for this fixture. 

Prices

Adult £10
Senior 65+ £5
U21 £5
U17 £5

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters (on the higher level of disability living allowance) pay the relevant price with the carer free of charge. 

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Tue 9 Jan 2pm – 5pm 
Wed 10 Jan 10am – 5pm
Thu 11 Jan 10am – 5pm
Fri 12 Jan 10am – 5pm
Sat 13 Jan 10am – 2.30pm 
Sat 13 Jan 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sun 14 Jan Closed 
Mon 15 Jan 10am – 5pm

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Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. All credit cards used will incur a £1 surcharge. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Thursday 10 January 2018.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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