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Wednesday 0 - West Brom 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

04/03/08 - 19:45

Attendance: 18,805

Wednesday 0-1 West Brom

They say revenge is a dish best served cold and Baggies boss Tony Mowbray will certainly have dished out a cool dish to the Owls after Kevin Phillips bagged a late, late winner in a controversial match at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Steve Watson bagged a late leveller in the reverse fixture earlier at the season which left the Baggies fuming, but the managed to turn the tables with a late winner that left a bitter taste in the mouth of Owls boss Brian Laws and Wednesday fans alike.

Jermaine Johnson's sending off in the second half was the controversial moment, although the promotion-chasing Baggies will have left they'd done just enough to merit all three points in a lacklustre clash.

Owls boss Brian Laws made two changes following the 0-0 stalemate with Barnsley at the weekend with Tommy Spurr returning to replace the injured Peter Gilbert at left-back, while Jermaine Johnson returned from suspension to replace Wade Small on the wing, and there was still no start for Chelsea loanee Ben Sahar.

Chris Brunt returned to Hillsborough to line-up against his former team-mates for the first time since his move to West Brom at the start of the season.

Laws had tagged the visitors as the best team in the Championship in terms of footballing ability prior to the clash, but the Baggies showed little sign of any quality that we see them as a force in the Premiership should they bag promotion.

The Owls boss may well have been relieved by the fact that both Kevin Phillips and Ishmael Miller started the clash on the bench, with Luke Moore and Roman Bednar causing the in-form Owls defence little problems in the opening exchanges.

The Owls defence of Richard Hinds, Tommy Spurr, Mark Beevers and Richard Wood had cost nothing, with three of the four coming through the Wednesday youth ranks, and they looked more than a match for the costly Baggies front line.

Spurr marked his return to first team action with a winding run and right-footed shot which went straight at Dean Kiely in the West Brom goal as Wednesday fired an early warning shot.

Brunt was getting a mixed reception from the Owls faithful, with jeers quickly turning to cheers for the youngster, and it was Brunt who was looking the most likely to create something for the Baggies in a scrappy match.

Robert Koran had the best effort on goal in a poor first half of football, forcing Lee Grant in to a fine reflex save, while Brunt also lashed an effort high and wide of the goal as chances came few and far between.

And Brunt was the supplier again before the break as his cross was diverted to Paul Robinson in the centre of the Wednesday penalty box but he sent his effort crashing wide of goal when it would have been easier to score.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 West Brom

The Baggies edged the first half and although the Owls' forward pairing of Marcus Tudgay and Enoch Showunmi were working tirelessly in attach, the Wednesday midfield was doing little to create chances for the duo in front of goal.

The return of Jermaine Johnson could well have provided some attacking flair but the Jamaican failed to get in to his stride, having more of a problem with the Baggies left-back Robinson than in attack.

But Wednesday came out with more attacking pressure at the start of the second half as Graham Kavanagh took the game by the scruff of the neck and saw a long-range effort flash wide of goal to give the Owls faithful some hope.

Although Wednesday never really threatened Kiely's goal, Laws will have felt the three points were there for the taking with the Baggies not living up to their tag of the best team in the Championship.

But West Brom upped the tempo minutes later as Luke Moore turned his marker and was just about to send an effort on goal before Spurr came in with a superb last-ditch tackle to deny the former Aston Villa man.

Mark Beevers was producing another commanding display after picking up the 'Apprentice of the Year' award, nulling Moore and Bednar, and he did the same with powerful hitman Ishmael Miller.

Wednesday made a change of their own when Chelsea loanee Ben Sahar came on for Burton O'Brien, and the Israeli international almost bagged his first goal in the blue and white stripes, only to see a close-range effort fall to him and slice the effort straight in to the hands of Kiely, as Wednesday's best chance of the match went begging.

The turning point of the game came on 78 minutes as the Owls were reduced to ten men in controversial style when Johnson was shown a straight red card following an altercation on the touchline with Jonathan Greening.

Andy D'Urso spoke with his linesman and decided to send Johnson off and only give Greening a booking, which resulted in heavy opposition from Laws and the rest of the Wednesday team.

West Brom controlled the remainder of the match as Wednesday sat back for a point, and James Morrison almost came close with a header which was well saved by Grant late on, but sub Kevin Phillips bagged the late, late winner to grab all three points for the visitors.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-1 West Brom

Wednesday: Grant, Hinds, Beevers, Wood (c), Spurr, Johnson (sent off 78), Kavanagh, Bolder, O'Brien (Sahar 68), Showunmi, Tudgay. Unused subs: Burch, Wallwork, McAllister, Burton.

WBA: Kiely, Hoefkens, Robinson, Barnett, Koren, Greening (c), Gera, Albrechtsen, Brunt (Morrison 85), Bednar (Miller 64), Moore (Phillips 75). Unused subs: Danek, Martis.

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andy durso is a t*at!!
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04/03/2008 23:43:00

Does Andy D'Urso have the same theatrical agent as Uriah Rennie? He seems to be working hard on his public profile....
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05/03/2008 07:42:00

it all hinges on the coventry match now! anychance we might score a goal sometime soon?
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05/03/2008 08:16:00

wat was controversial about johnson's red?? he smashed the guy in the face!! n their player got wat he deserved.. a yellow!! he didnt lose us that our negativity of playin for a draw with 5 mins plus stoppage cost us!! thats a disgrace at home wen we're in the shizzle n we're playin for a draw.... Rubbish!!! enoch n kav r useless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/03/2008 08:19:00

I went to see Cov the last time they won, and they are not playing at all well at the moment. Hopefully, they will run QPR ragged tonight...
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05/03/2008 08:25:00

Got to start with Sahar if we want to see another goal. Showumni could be still playing now on his own with an open goal and he still wouldn't have scored!
will it ever happen
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05/03/2008 09:59:00

Got to admit Enoch has more ability than say Deon Burton and Leon Clarke. Its just a confidence thing infront of goal. Knowing our luck, he'l get 2goals in a game soon and bristol will call him back.
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05/03/2008 10:28:00

Johnson is an idiot - he did the same thing against Charlton and was lucky to get away with it. He fouled his player all night and did nothing else at all. Laws should have subbed him after 15mins. Waste of space. Can't see where on earth a goal is coming from either
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05/03/2008 11:04:00

ha ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho ho going down FACT!!
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05/03/2008 11:44:00

na then pig 4 life why dont u ***** off and write things on ur own site,****
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05/03/2008 16:42:00

My ratings for the Wednesday players are as follows; Grant 6. Had a good game making some good saves, but his kicking does let him down on occasions. Hinds 7. Another good game. Did a decent job marking Brunt. Don't know if he was at fault for their goal? Beevers 8. Just seems to get better with every game. Put some excellent challenges in. Wood 7. Said it before but he and Beevers look excellent together and if it wasn't for the ref adding extra time on in injury time it would have been 4 clean sheets on the trot. Spurr 7. Good to see him back and had a good game. Go down or not, clubs will be looking at him again next season. Johnson 4. He didn't get the mark for his sending off but for a poor game. Had plenty of the ball but did nothing with it. Never plays a ball into the box and seems scared to shoot when he has the opportunity. Kavanagh 4. Another bad game by his standards. Gave the ball away far too many times and just looks out of his depth some times. Bolder 5. Did a bit better than Kav but does give far too many free kicks away and some of them were unnecessary. Does like to get stuck in though which you cannot fault. Also gave the ball away quite a bit. O'Brien 4. Another player what has lost his form from 6 weeks ago. Does try to get the ball into the box but his delivery isn't the greatest. Just cant seem to beat the first man when he takes a corner. Showunmi 5. Ran his socks off but that's it. His first touch and control is shocking. Think he only won one header all night. A big bloke like him should be winning everyone. Doesn't look like he knows where the goal is. Will he ever score? Tudgay 7. Yet again did all the hard work and must feel what he has to do to get a decent strike partner. Has to start with Sahar with him to see how the pair get on. He is the only one what looks like scoring for us but we cant rely on one player to score the goals. Subs used. Sahar 5. Couldn't really get into the game but did look ok when he had the ball. Needs to have 90 minutes to see what he can do. Match rating 4. Another poor game and not much goal mouth action. The only positive was our defence which looked solid again until the 96th minute. Changes will be made for the game against QPR. Referee rating 3. Had a stinker all game. Don't know what it is with premiership refs but they don't seem to handle games in the championship well at all. Some of his decisions were a complete joke. Linesman's also were poor.
will it ever happen
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05/03/2008 18:17:00

excellent report WIEH. Appreciate your views. I wasn't at he game last night, but completely agree based on performances at Oakwell. Are you worried like me where our goals are going to come from? Sahar must start in place for the QPR game ahead of Showumni. See you all there on Sat!
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05/03/2008 19:05:00

WIEH - I personally thought Spurr was at fault for the goal - didn't close down his player fast enough who was then allowed to cross it for Phillips to stick it away. Completely gutted.
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06/03/2008 10:36:00

Probably was SO but the rest of his game was good. Just a shame that a slight mistake by him led to their goal!
will it ever happen
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07/03/2008 17:29:00

and then on to qpr and anothe loss for wednesday so much for a run to safety it needs to wiat for another week please
ozanne park rangers
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08/03/2008 05:46:00


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