Q&A With Sheffield Wednesday

  • September 21, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton travel to Hillsborough on Saturday, where they will be aiming bring an end to their miserable record and secure a first away win of the season.

This will be the first time the two clubs have met since Wanderers ran out 3-0 winners on the same ground in January 2001, during Bolton's promotion winning season in Division 1. Ricardo Gardner, Michael Ricketts and Ian Marshall were on target that day, securing a result that the visiting fans would love to see replicated on Saturday.

Ahead of this weekend's game, we have got the views of Sam-The-Owl from Wednesday website, Owlstalk.

In this edition of Q&A, Sam gives us his views on Gary Megson, Wednesday's inconsistant start to the season and the Hillsborough disaster.

Q: Former Wanderers manager Gary Megson was in charge at Hillsborough last season. What did you think of him as a manager and did he deserve to be sacked?

A: I understand that Gary Megson was a controversial choice at Bolton, but he worked wonders for us. Two seasons ago, under Alan Irvine, we nearly slipped into League Two, the results were that bad!

Megson steadied the ship and turned us into a strong, aggressive and fit side, who had the potential to nick games by the odd goal and be able to maintain a lead.

His direct and long style of play suited us, especially last season, and he was unfortunately sacked. Megson will always be regarded as a legend for both his managing and footballing ability.

Q: You currently sit in 17th place, two below Bolton. How has your season been so far?

A: It's been a mixed bag, to be honest. We've started well and we have now hit the dreaded 'purple patch', not to mention we're leaking a lot of goals. Have you got any defenders you can lend us?

Q: Where do you think Wednesday can finish this season? Is promotion a possibility?

A: Mid-table would be fantastic and well above our means. Too many of our players need to settle and to be able to keep up with the pace of the division. You can forget promotion this time!

Q: The Hillsborough disaster has received a lot of media coverage recently. How did the disaster affect your fans?

A: Well it has affected me a lot, to be honest. Football fans will always tarnish the ground for the incident that happened, but I wasn't born in the 80's and from what I gather, this was a tragedy waiting to happen.

I believe that a variety of factors contributed to this tragedy, but, whether Liverpool fans are willing to accept this, that is another story for another time.

Q: Which Wednesday player(s) should Bolton be most wary of?

A: Michail Antonio has tremendous pace and power while Jermaine Johnson, a former Bolton academy player, has the pace and trickery, if he's up for it.

Q: Which Wanderers player will Dave Jones be warning his players of?

A: Martin Petrov. He has a deadly left foot.

Q: Do you think Bolton can get back to the Premier League at the first time of asking?

A: Bolton certainly have the quality of players to do it, but whether they are consistent enough is another question. Good luck for the rest of the season.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be on Saturday afternoon?

A: I'd take at least a point, so I'm saying 1-1. Antonio for Wednesday; Chris Eagles for Bolton.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Sam for sharing his views ahead of Saturday's game at Hillsborough.

You can read more answers from Wednesday fans by checking out our Q&A thread at Owlstalk.

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