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Toil And Trouble

One more defeat for the Owls, leaving them just a point above the Championship drop zone.

Another change of line-up for Brian Laws - it surprised many to see the want-away striker Leon Clarke return to the fray in place of Francis Jeffers, less surprising was the return of Steve Watson to the midfield, Jermaine Johnson being the one to miss out.

Cardiff showed their form and class early on, which the Owls did well to resist until, perhaps inevitably, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was the man to fire the Bluebirds into a lead they were not to relinquish.

The second half substitutions of new signing Ronnie Wallwork and Deon Burton almost pulled the Owls out of the mire, both players going close, but it was not to be.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones: '(Wednesday) are a good side and when we didn't get the second goal we deserved it gave them hope. We should have been more than a goal up at the interval but we held on for the victory. Jimmy's goal was a great move but we had to grind it out and some of the defensive headers were superb. A set play can always cause problems when you are only one up and every player had to dig in and battle hard. They are an honest bunch of lads, very athletic round the pitch, and some of our movement out of defence was absolutely superb.'

Brian Laws told the official SWFC web site: 'We were disappointed because I felt we were a yard off the pace in the first and we allowed Cardiff to dictate the game before half time. In the second half we looked more alive and increased the pressure, we got closer to Cardiff and started to dominate periods. That change was required but we ended up chasing the game because we were a goal down. We should have dealt with it better because the goalkeeper came racing out and probably made it an easy decision for Hasselbaink but that is where quality tells in those situations.'

Laws also commented on his striker selection: 'At the moment we are having a difficult period with the strikers because we can't seem to get it settled due to injuries. Francis Jeffers was due to play but was feeling his ankle yesterday and limping so we felt it was too big a risk to play him in the game. Leon Clarke was fit and has been playing well so I felt he would be the right player for today's game. The service he had was awful, he didn't get a lot of service from anybody and it was all in dribs and drabs. In the second half we started to create more opportunities but that was just because we started getting closer to people.'

Worrying times.. off-field uncertainty, injury and the resulting inconsistency in the team line-up means Wednesday just can't establish any kind of rhythm or continuity. Let's hope a measure of stability can be achieved before the tough run of League games coming up, or the rest of the season will be one long hard struggle for survival.

The Journalist

Writer: Auckland Owl Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 13 2008

Time: 9:00AM

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Sounded like we were very poor in the first half. Picked up slightly in the second half but another poor show from us.Why play Clarke i have no idea. I know he is saving Sodje and Jeffers for the pig game but surley he could have played Burton instead?
will it ever happen
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13/01/2008 09:48:00

dogger we are goin down
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13/01/2008 10:56:00

we wont be far away from that trap door at the end of season with many more performances like that yesteday . you have to fear the worse for next satdi
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13/01/2008 13:15:00

We can do the pigs. Lets have some faith. I see theyve sold out, does anybody know how many?
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13/01/2008 15:10:00

yep 5500
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13/01/2008 21:48:00

just keep below us please so we don't go down, just aluagh i hate any teams getting relegated (excpet if it happened to liverpool) but someone has to go down and i hope it's not the r'ssssssssssss
ozanne park rangers
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13/01/2008 22:00:00

We really are horribly close but I think the bottom 3 will end up as is now, Preston, Colchester and S ****horpe
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13/01/2008 22:06:00

hope your rite mcquaid. its goin to be a long hard struggle and if we stay up laws should be given freedom of s6
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13/01/2008 23:22:00

i think were in a real mess, we'll do well to stay up
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14/01/2008 00:05:00

Doesnt look like they'l be any renewned interest from Paul Gregg either, Even though he is from yorkshire and his son supports the owls, he's now turned his interest to Southampton. We need to keep our head up, Wallwork is a terrific signing, a true battler. Sooner we get rid of the waste of space whelan the better!, His lazy flicks, crap corners and stupid free kicks show he dusnt want to be here. Getting rid of Folly was a massive loss, as we all know! He played in the win againts plymouth away and the recent win againts preston at home, he's had less than 5 starts all season.
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14/01/2008 01:08:00

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14/01/2008 11:01:00

whats going on?? I actually miss the days of di canio and carbone!!
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14/01/2008 13:48:00

DI CANIO/CARBONE are they the ones who helped strip the money from this club
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14/01/2008 15:57:00

yea but they were entertaining lol
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15/01/2008 00:31:00

i thought di canio was brilliant carbone not far behind but them and others took us for a ride and we are now paying the price
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15/01/2008 00:34:00

Yeah but at least they took us for a ride an gave us some moments of joy. There was plenty worse then those 2 eg. De Bilde, Jonk etc. Di Canio was a genius, Danny Wilson not coming out an showing some support was an awful mistake! Look at Ferguson and Cantona.
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15/01/2008 01:00:00

yep agreed but we wernt that good a team we was just like newcastle are now.
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15/01/2008 01:06:00

Hopefully we can survive this season, and if someone eventually decides to take hold of the club, we can maybe make some steady progress back towards the good old days
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15/01/2008 17:11:00

well at least you have good players at this club e have to buy all ours now
ozanne park rangers
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25/01/2008 07:35:00


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