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Owls Not Striking Lucky

Wednesday's form in attack has given Wednesday fans reasons to be cheerful this pre-season, but it couldn't have been any different in last night's defeat at Chesterfield.

Akpo Sodje returned to the Owls starting line-up with three pre-season games remaining but left the pitch with his head down after missing two incredible chances which could, and should, have seen the result end up somewhat different to the 1-0 victory for the hosts at Saltergate.

Owls boss Brian Laws put arguably his strongest line-up out for the clash with Chesterfield, Richard Wood returning to centre-back while Peter Gilbert moved to right back, and Akpo Sodje partnered Marcus Tudgay in attack.

But it was Chesterfield that were doing all the running in front of a decent turnout at Saltergate.

Sodje did have an early effort which he blasted in to the Chesterfield kop but it was former Blades man Jack Lester who was almost gifted the opener when Lee Grant made a hash of his clearance to see the ball go straight to the Chesterfield front man.

But Lester's chip went harmlessly straight back in to the hands of a relieved Grant.

Chances continued to come and go at either end but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when Jamie Ward's glancing header gave Grant no chance.

Sean McAllister did have the chance to level things up before the break but his effort somehow came back off the bar when it would have been easier to score.

Deon Burton came on to replace Etienne Esajas after the break and the Jamaican international fired the first warning shot of the second half at the Chesterfield stopper.

But it was former Port Vale man Sodje who was guilty of two glaring misses, first he somehow managed to head the ball over the bar from just a yard out when it was easier to find the back of the net.

Next, he almost took advantage of an error from the Chesterfield 'keeper as he rounded him at the edge of the box but fired his effort high and wide of an open net to the amazement of the large travelling Wednesday support behind the goal.

Wednesday did put the pressure on in the latter stages but it was too little too late.

And Owls boss Brian Laws will be looking for a much improved performance in their friendly clash with Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough on Saturday.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 30 2008

Time: 9:46AM

Your Comments

any chance of being linked to a few players? our squad isnt big enough nor is there enough quality
mansfieldowl
Shouldn't be losing to Chesterfield and by the way have you noticed that Burnley have now got quite a decent side with their latest purchase being Chris Eagles. We will do well to win that one!
CLIFFANDJ
Ok, I don't want to ruin this sudden influx of pessimism but let me point out a few salient facts. Firstly those sides that make a lot of signings often take time to gel. Witness the comings and goings at the clubs relegated from the premiership as they seek to unload and replace their expensive failures. We on the other hand have to look at the relative lack of transfer activity as a plus. Our side has had a chance to gel. We've had a pretty good pre-season and our lack of goals last night was more down to Akpo being ring-rusty. He'll improve and so will we. I'm quietly confident that we'll surprise some people. I still prefer our squad to the old folks home down the road. So cheer up you miserable lot. I know being a wednesdayite is no easy journey but c'mon. Oh and one last thing. Chris Eagles, I thought he was s*** when he was here and I still haven't changed my mind. C'mon the Owls!
robc
I agree with eveythin you've just said robc. I went last night, you could see that chesterfield were treating it more like a cup final than a friendly. Theres no need to panic just because we didn't win or score
benowl
People would have been complaining if we had picked up a few injuries. So while it will give the Chesterfield supporters something to talk about for a few weeks, I for one am not concerned about the result.
Skeggy Owl
mcallister picked up a knock, but laws said its nothing serious
benowl
I went last night and honestly am glad we lost, I think its healthy to lose a game in pre season to give the boys a kick up the back side, you could tell akpo needs more minutes on the pitch and he will get them, I'm staying positive, and by the way did anyone see that lad chesterfield brought on, probably the quickest footballer I have ever seen
BIG TONY
mcallister picked up a knock and laws said its nothing serious. laws also said wade small had dislocated his fingers, only now its his hamstring thats gone again. Laws doesnt always speak the truth publically, just like he also said to the media, bougherra didnt want to play for us again. b0llox, bougherra loved wednesday and was forced out by the GREED and misleading statements by Laws, Allen, Walker at the time.
Bigash
We paid 250k for Bougherra and got 2.5m, they didnt play him and was holding him back, because they didnt want him to get injured. This is the biggest profit margin from a player sale ever brought in and no way did they want it to go t1ts up.
Bigash
Do we have a sell on clause for Bougherra ?
Aston Owl
bigash bougherra could'nt defend, yes brilliant at going forward , i think a good bit of business on wednesday's part , and exactly what has he done at charlton .
ecco owl
AO-No we don't have a sell on clause for Bougherra!
will it ever happen
How can you say bougherra can't defend?
Radon Barrier
apparently in the national press the Baggies were after Bougherra, should link up with Brunty they also fancied Beevers, could it be us in disguise in the Premier this season or the real thing next season, sorry to use a dirty word any news of the takeover?
Brighton Owl
bougherra was a class defender, quality all-rounder, no coincidence that when he didnt play n left we went on a crap run
smiggyswfc
He's gone to Rangers, 2.5m. Promised first team football, obviously. And a decent wage...
will_swfc9
 

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