The relegation zone is three points below us, the playoff spots five points ahead of us. For some this might be all doom and gloom, but as we enter the cold, dark autumn months there’s points to be taken… if only we can stop gifting sides a head start.
We’ve gone behind in the first ten minutes in the past four or five games, and it’s something we really need to cut out. Bonner knows it too, but we’re not sure how we’ll solve it. Taylor’s commanding, calming presence is a long way off returning, and we all know that despite Okedina’s talent he has the odd mistake in him. Maybe the players are slightly overawed by the sight of a packed Abbey Stadium, but they better get used to it, and quick if we’re going to keep it full.
Liam O’Neil and Jack Lankester both have knocks and join Greg in the treatment room, and Wessi obviously won’t feature as he recovers ready for the weekend. We wonder if Tuesday will see Okedina take the place of Masterson in defence – ideally we’d like to see Jubril feature more as he’s ours to develop rather than a loanee, but Jones and Masterson have developed something of an understanding at United, despite some costly errors in recent games. Midfield we imagine Adam May and Digby will stay in the middle, with Sam Smith joining Big Joe up front, but Jensen Weir could come into a midfield three if we’re going to stick with one up top, or Dunk could push one of Brophy or Tracey into a more central position behind the striker.
Expected U’s Line Up: Mitov, Williams, Jones, Masterson, Iredale, Digby, May, Brophy, Tracey, Smith, Ironside
Who’s Their Player To Watch? Lots of experience in their squad, including Lee Gregory, Marvin Johnson and Barry Bannan, hotly tipped on loan Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell and former West Brom wonderkid Saido Berahino, once the subject of a £12,000,000 transfer to Stoke City, but he went off the rails fairly soon after, having spent the past couple of years playing his football in Belgium.
Who’s In The Dugout? Darren Moore, got West Brom relegated, got Sheffield Wednesday relegated. Did alright at Doncaster, mind.
What’s Their Recent Form Like? Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 1 of the last five league games.
Any Ex-United Players? None
Last Time Out: U’s 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday, August 9 2016.
They must hate playing us in the cup, mustn’t they? Piero Mingoia scored a worldie in stoppage time, before Luke Berry put us through to the second round of the League Cup back in 2016
From The Archive: Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 U’s, September 16 1998
There were so many games to choose from, including the 4-0 rout at the Abbey in 91, or the 1-1 draw a few weeks after this match that set up that infamous Nottingham Forest game, but I’m going for this one – a 1-0 win at Hillsborough back in 1998. Still possibly my favourite ever Cambridge United game, as Trevor Benjamin scared the living shit out of Kevin Pressman to put the U’s ahead after just five minutes and then held on for a famous win. That Wednesday side cost over twenty million pounds, which sounded insane at the time, yet today wouldn’t even buy you a mid-table Premier League defender.
We spoke with the Wednesday Till I Die podcast in the latest UTAS Pod, to get their take on what should be another packed night at the Abbey.