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Blues Inflict Final Owls Defeat

Blues Inflict Final Owls Defeat

Wednesday ended their pre-season preparations with defeat as Premiership new-boys Birmingham City picked up a 2-0 victory at Hillsborough.

The Owls have endured a tough time on and off the pitch over the close season and will be going in to the Ipswich match on the back of three straight pre-season defeats, although Owls boss Brian Laws took plenty of positives from the clash.

Laws insisted his starting line-up would be 80 per cent of the starting line-up for the opening day clash with Ipswich next week, and with Deon Burton and Frank Simek both missing with knocks, one would presume both will be back in place of Leon Clarke and Richard Hinds who both started against Steve Bruce's men.

Blues new boy Liam Ridgewell, recently recruited from neighbours Aston Villa, opened the scoring for the visitors just three minutes in to the match to give the Owls a nightmare start against their former Championship rivals.

And another of the Blues signings, Gary O'Connor, doubled the advantage shortly after the break with a sublime finish by the on-rushing Lee Grant, after beating the Owls' offside trap.

And although Laws put the goals down to sloppy defending, he will be focusing on the positives ahead of the trip to Portman Road next season, with Jermaine Johnson once again shining, and Laws hopeful that a new number nine at S6 will help turn chances in to goals.

'There were a lot of positives to come from the game and I want to focus on them,' Laws told the official SWFC site.

'It is slightly disappointing that the supporters have jumped on Leon Clarke, who has worked extremely hard in pre-season to get his fitness. Things aren't quite going for him at the moment but if you support the football club you support the players as well and Leon is trying to do his best.

'I think the fact we have not secured a new striker yet has probably put a bit of pressure on the strikers we've got at the moment and maybe that's why the supporters are being like that. Let me assure the supporters we are doing our damnedest to bring in a striker and I am confident that something can be done before next Saturday's game.'

Wednesday: Grant; Hinds (Lunt 52), Bullen (Capt), Wood, Gilbert; Johnson (McAllister 83), Whelan, Watson, Brunt; Tudgay (O'Brien 85), Clarke (Small 45)Subs: Burch, Lunt, Spurr, O'Brien, McMenamin, Small, McAllister.

Birmingham: Doyle; Kelly, Martin Taylor, Ridgewell, Queudrue (Tebily 65); Larsson (De Ridder 65), Muamba (), Nafti (Danns 76), McSheffrey (Vine 76) ; Forssell (O'Connor 35), Jerome (Kapo 65). Subs: Maik Taylor, Jaidi, Danns, De Ridder, Kapo, O'Connor, Vine, Tebily.

Writer:Nick
Date:Saturday August 4 2007
Time: 7:16PM

Comments

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Good to see you managed to get your ground ready for the new season.
dazza71
04/08/2007 22:31:00
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shame our team isnt
smiggyswfc
04/08/2007 22:41:00
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Yep, it is gonna be a long old season, that is for sure.
Smurf
04/08/2007 23:16:00
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3 games no goals, i think we need a striker!
will it ever happen
05/08/2007 07:14:00
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Do you reckon WIEH !!!!!
Skeggy Owl
05/08/2007 10:47:00
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have faith, this time last season we had just lost 4 - 0 to stags.... nothing can be worse! We have an abundance of goalscorers, jj, wade small, tudgay, burton, .......... clarke...... ok one more striker then
mansfieldowl
05/08/2007 16:27:00
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An abundance of goalscorers......who are having difficulty finding the net !
Skeggy Owl
05/08/2007 16:49:00
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an abundance of goal scorers who cant score againt league 1 opposition, the guys who are ment to fire us to the premier league, for some reason i cant see that happening, cant wuite put my finger on it though
smiggyswfc
06/08/2007 00:40:00
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