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Looking ahead - Owls v Wolves

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10:43 17th January 2013

A preview of the weekend clash with Wednesday

Dean Saunders will be looking to pick up his first Wolves win at Hillsborough this weekend, when he will be in direct competition with a manager that will always hold a special place in the memories of Wolves supporters.
Dave Jones takes charge of a rejuvenated Sheffield Wednesday side against his former club, ten years after he led Wolves to a famous victory over Wednesday's Steel City rivals.
The 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium was the high point of Jones' Molineux tenure, and the Liverpudlian has also enjoyed success at Hillsborough, leading Wednesday to promotion from League One last season.
They currently sit in 21st place in the Championship, just a place above the drop zone, thanks in the main to a disastrous run of seven consecutive league defeats through November and December.
Recent results have improved, however, and Wednesday shocked high-flying Hull City with a 3-1 victory at the KC Stadium last weekend.
Along with Jones, the fans making the journey up to South Yorkshire will also recognise former Wanderers defender Daniel Jones, who joined the Owls in 2010, when his Molineux contract expired.
Wolves have won their last five league meetings with Wednesday. The reverse fixture - played at Molineux in late September - was settled by a single Bakary Sako free-kick just before half time. Wolves went third in the table as a result of the victory, which was their fourth on the bounce in the league.
Prior to that clash, Wolves did the double over Wednesday in the promotion season of 2008/09.
The burgeoning partnership between Chris Iwelumo and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake showed a sign of things to come as both got on the scoresheet to help notch a first win of the season, against Wednesday, in August - the 4-1 triumph was the first in a series of seven straight victories to give Mick McCarthy's men a memorable start to the campaign.
The following March, Ebanks-Blake was on target again at Hillsborough, scoring the only goal of the game early on as Wolves secured a vital three points to bring the promotion dream firmly into focus.
The number nine also scored an injury time winner over the Owls the previous season, as he added to Andy Keogh's early strike to complete a 2-1 victory.
Going a little further back, Molineux fans may well have mixed memories of their trips to Hillsborough in recent years.
Wolves - then managed by Jones - travelled to Wednesday on the final day of the 2001/02 season, during which they looked to have automatic promotion in the bag before faltering in the season's final months and allowing West Bromwich Albion to take charge in the race for second spot.
Still in with a chance of beating their local rivals to promotion, Wolves fans travelled in huge numbers to Sheffield, only for an Albion victory over Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns to condemn the Molineux club to yet another unsuccessful play-off campaign.
Fans that returned the next season will have enjoyed a much better journey home though, as Jones' side clicked into gear to defeat Wednesday 4-0.
Two Kenny Miller goals, plus strikes from Dean Sturridge and Adam Proudlock resulted in a resounding win, and a terrific end to the season saw them capture a place in the play-offs, which they eventually won courtesy of that 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

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