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Owls Fall To Scunthorpe Defeat

Owls Fall To Scunthorpe Defeat

Wednesday's pre-season continued to falter, results-wise at least, as Alan Irvine and his men suffered defeat at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

Jonathan Forte's 18th minute strike was enough to give the Iron victory at Glanford Park.

It was a marked improvement performance-wise from the Owls in comparison to their last two friendly outings - the 1-1 draw at Darlington and 2-1 loss at Grimsby Town.

But Irvine will be keen to get some positive results from the pre-season matches before the big kick-off in two weeks' time.

There was still no Lee Grant and Giles Coke for Wednesday, with the duo still recovering from injury, while Clinton Morrison was deemed not yet ready to get his Owls debut.

But Tommy Spurr returned and started the clash, while Irvine mixed-up the side that drew at Darlington in midweek.

This time Paul Heffernan partnered Marcus Tudgay in attack while Jermaine Johnson started in place of Chris Sedgwick and Tommy Miller started in place of youngster Liam Palmer in the heart of the Wednesday midfield.

The game started in slow fashion and it was from a loose ball that Forte lashed home from close range to give the hosts the lead 18 minutes in.

Wednesday's best first-half response came when Tudgay lashed an effort which beat Iron stopper Joe Murphy but came crashing back off the crossbar on 24 minutes.

Most of the battle was in midfield but the Iron edged it in terms of chances, Forte seeing a low effort saved by Owls stopper Richard O'Donnell before the hosts continued to have the best chances on the resumption.

Irvine made just three changes to his side in the second half but they weren't enough to change the flow of the game.

Wednesday will be looking for better fortunes when they travel to Barnsley on Tuesday night.

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Date:Saturday July 24 2010
Time: 5:06PM


And it just had to be an ex piggy that scored so no doubt littleboy pigforlife will soon be on oinking.What is it with us and strikers,we seem to get prolific strikers who then dont seem to know where the net is until leaving for another team.
24/07/2010 17:29:00
Starting to get a bit worried about the poor pre-season results so far, they may be increasing the fitness levels, but are not helping confidence, and when we are going to be one of the favorites for league 1 this season, with teams going all out to defend, confidence will be key! This combined with the new financial uncertainty is a concern. I feel If Club 9 sports are willing to come back in with the same offer + cover the Tax bill, without selling Grant, we should snap their hands off. But that wont happen, Grant will be sold to pay the tax man, how sad is that?
24/07/2010 19:46:00
Can they sell him though with the transfer embargo?
Radon Barrier
25/07/2010 08:45:00
Out of the 24 teams in league 1, only 5 of the teams actually won, i know the pre-season ain't gone as well as predicted, but with all the chopping and changing in matches it dont help, lets hope Al's getting a good idea to what his starting line up will be against the Daggers.
ecco owl
25/07/2010 09:56:00
but the club knew about this and the fact they were going to get a transfer embago hence the reason why you lot brought all the players in you have done..its absolute scandalas, it really is....the club should get discplined for this big time.
25/07/2010 10:44:00
it aint "scandalas" its called using ur head , somethin that little piggys like yourself dont do very ofter or very well
25/07/2010 11:08:00
bladesforlife1889, you are a complete TIT!!!!!!!!!!
25/07/2010 11:42:00
yeh you pathetic lot have really used your heads ain't ya? league one, millions and millions in debt, winding up orders, and on the absolute verge of administration as much as you sorry lot are trying to hide. well done for using your heads in the business world
25/07/2010 13:58:00
Stop sweating on the friendly results Owls fans! They mean nothing!!! Im sure Ai has a starting 11 in mind. Im not holding my breath for automatic promotion (hope im proved wrong) but wel be pushing for playoffs.
25/07/2010 14:22:00
Stop sweating on the friendly results Owls fans! They mean nothing!!! Im sure sure Ai has a starting 11 in mind. Im not holding my breath for automatic promotion (hope im proved wrong) but wel be pushing for playoffs.
25/07/2010 14:23:00
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