Batth in limbo over Owls cup tie

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LOAN defender Danny Batth is hoping that Wolves manager Mick McCarthy gives permission for him to play for Wednesday in the FA Cup.

The Owls will learn this week whether or not Batth and other loan signings will be available for the first-round tie at Morecambe on Sunday.

Clubs who lend players sometimes decline permission for them to play for the borrowing side in the early rounds to avoid them becoming cup-tied.

“I’ve not been told either way,” said Batth. “I’m waiting to hear. It’s a big competition to be involved in. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t want to put on the shirt and play for us again.

“That decision lies with Mick McCarthy. I just do what I’m told.”

Keeper Stephen Bywater, who is on loan from Derby, and winger Ben Marshall, from Stoke, are in a similar position.

Batth added: “I’ve played a couple of times for Colchester [on loan] in the Cup. It’s got the big tradition. Everybody wants to play in it, with the atmosphere.

“It will be like a cup final to Morecambe when they play Sheffield Wednesday. It’s good experience, as well, for somebody like myself.”

Batth was comforted by a clean sheet against Brentford on Saturday though the Owls’ 100 per cent home record was ended.

“We have to look at the positives, such as the clean sheet,” he said. “A couple of things didn’t really go for us.

“We worked their keeper and got into good positions at times. It’s a matter of getting right on to the next game. Brentford made it difficult for us at times. Teams are going to come here and try to do that as the season goes on. We’ve just got to take our chances.”