The Cup just does not Ad up for Owls

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Joe Brigly

NOR­MALLY it is the higher-di­vi­sion team who use the FA Cup as an op­por­tu­nity for squad ro­ta­tion but with Sh­effield Wed­nes­day set to ring the changes for to­day’s trip to Mid­dles­brough, winger Adam Reach con­cedes the com­pe­ti­tion is pretty low down their priority list.

Go­ing one bet­ter than last sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nal de­feat is the No.1 goal, mean­ing Owls boss Car­los Car­val­hal could bring in the likes of Vin­cent Sasso, Jose Semedo, Joe Wild­smith and Lu­cas Joao to start against Boro.

And while Reach in­sists the team will be go­ing all out to see off their Premier League op­po­nents, he con­cedes there won’t be many tears shed if a de­feat does oc­cur.

“Ev­ery game is im­por­tant but, in all hon­esty, we are con­cen­trat­ing on the league be­cause we all want to be in the Premier League,” said the 23year-old former Boro man.

“We’ll still go and what­ever XI plays will still give it their all and try to win the game.

“Maybe the break from the league, with the FA Cup in­stead, is a bit of a re­lief for ev­ery­one.

“Hope­fully we get a good re­sult against Mid­dles­brough. “If not, then that’s out of the way and we can con­cen­trate on the league again.”

Winger Cal­lum McManaman made his first start since Septem­ber 2015 in the 0-0 draw with Wolves last time out, af­ter re­cently join­ing on-loan from West Brom. And Reach is con­vinced the 25-yearold can be a key cog for Wed­nes­day once fully match-fit.

“Cal­lum had only been with us a cou­ple of days so it was tough for him to go straight in against Wolves,” added Reach, who joined the Owls from Boro for £5m at the end of Au­gust.

“He him­self said that he was lack­ing a bit of fit­ness and game time but once Cal­lum gets that match fit­ness up, and maybe he plays against Mid­dles­brough, he’ll be a great as­set for the team.”

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