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Colchester United 1 - Wednesday 2

Layer Road, Colchester

11/03/08 - 19:45

Attendance: 5086

Colchester 1-2 Wednesday

Wednesday climbed out of the Championship bottom three with a vital victory at Layer Road to put a nail in the Colchester relegation coffin thanks to goals from Deon Burton and Wade Small on Tuesday night.

The last time the Owls' travelled to the U's ground, Paul Sturrock got his marching orders following a heavy defeat, but Wednesday will leave with a better taste in their mouth this time around, in what could prove a huge victory in the battle against the drop.

Owls boss Brian Laws stuck with the same side that helped turn around the vital clash against QPR at the weekend, with Sean McAllister and Deon Burton starting in place of Ronnie Wallwork and Enoch Showunmi respectively.

Laws was wary of the threat the U's were going to pose prior to the match, revealing that Colchester would almost be as good as relegated if they didn't bag all three points against his charges.

And the hosts didn't let the Owls gaffer down in the opening exchanges as they really took the game to Wednesday with a fast-paced opening which left Wednesday unable to find a response early on.

They were rewarded just four minutes in to the clash as the nightmare start unfolded before Laws' eyes as Karl Duguid put in a fine ball for former Charlton Athletic man Kevin Lisbie to drill a low effort in to the bottom corner of Lee Grant's goal.

Wednesday were reeling and the early goal visibly lifted Colchester as Johnnie Jackson forced Grant in to a low save as the U's went forward looking to double their advantage.

The Owls did find their way back in to the game gradually, but failed to cause any problems for the Colchester goalkeeper as the hosts defence held firm to any response the Owls offered.

At the other end Duguid and Johnson had half-chances for Colchester before the Owls levelled matters on 18 minutes through Deon Burton's second goal in as many games.

Graham Kavanagh bagged a goal on Saturday and he proved a vital inclusion again as his inch-perfect free-kick found Burton in the heart of the penalty area for the former Derby man to head in to the back of the net to level the scores.

As the goal had done for the U's, the leveller from Burton gave Wednesday renewed confidence and loanee Franck Songo'o came close before Kavanagh saw a long-range free-kick well blocked.

The clash turned in to a scrappy affair as the half drew to an end although Wednesday were enjoying the majority of the possession and will have been the happier of the two teams.

Colchester did look to find a way through to go in to the break in the lead but it was Wednesday who had that honour, as Wade Small raced half the length of the pitch to give the Owls a priceless lead going in to the break with a cool finish.

Marcus Tudgay fed the former MK Dons man and he out-paced his markers to give Colchester stopper Dean Gerken no chance.

Half-Time: Colchester 1-2 Wednesday

Wednesday will have been expected the U's to come out fighting at the start of the second half with an immediate response but it never came as both sides battled out a scrappy opening to the second half with chances coming few and far between.

Kemal Izzet and Duguid were the main danger men for the hosts but they were given little time in and around the Owls' box, with the young Wednesday defence holding firm once again.

Johnnie Jackson drilled a low shot which failed to trouble Grant in the Wednesday goal but that was as good as it got for the hosts with regards to chances at goal.

Tommy Spurr was well positioned to block an effort from the lively Duguid, before the same Colchester man saw a dangerous in-swinging cross well cleared by Graham Kavanagh as the U's started to put some pressure on the Wednesday goal.

Deon Burton had the chance to all but win the game for Wednesday with a golden opportunity with ten minutes remaining but Gerken saved his effort when the Owls' hitman should have done better with the best chance of the second half.

Laws brought Showunmi and O'Brien on to replace Songo'o and Small respectively as Wednesday held out in the latter stages at everything Colchester had to throw at them.

The referee added four minutes stoppage time from somewhere, but the Owls clung on for all three vital points to lift them out of the bottom three and put a nail in the Colchester relegation coffin.

Full-Time: Colchester 1-2 Wednesday

Wednesday: Grant; Hinds, Beevers, Wood, Spurr; Songo'o, McAllister, Kavanagh, Small; Burton, Tudgay. Substitutes: Burch, O'Brien, Wallwork, Boden, Showunmi.

Colchester: Gerken; White, Coyne, Virgo, Ifil; Duguid, Izzet, Hammond, Jackson; Lisbie, Platt. Substitutes: Bankole, Balogh, Wordsworth, Elito, Vernon.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 11 2008

Time: 9:41PM

Your Comments

When you say Gerken had "no chance," he really "got a hand to it, but the shot was too stong".
dint stop it though did he. UP THE OWLS
You got back from the match quickly Matt :)
Great three points and lets hope we can stay out of the drop zone from now on!
will it ever happen
Another great win for us!!!!! If we beat coventry at the weekend we can move a few points clear and hopefully keep our head above water from there!! another 6 pointer on saturday though
with the current squad performing and jeffers, simek, esajas, watson and sahar coming back into contention in the coming weeks we should be fine
A point clear of the Foxes and two games in hand.. priceless.
Auckland Owl
Colchester, S****hrope and Pigs to go down
Get in!
Yeah, I have to listen online this season as there is no way I can go to the Drome, although may be able to during Easter. Like to do my bit on Vital now. Thanks guys for all the comments on our site, and good luck for the rest of the season! You defo go 6 pionts tonight!
By the way - nice to see the site growing so well, nice job guys!!
Looney Tune
hootingmad - why you calling yourselves the pigs?? haha
quality result for you guys tonight mick, thought it might be abit of a banana skin for you.
WAS NEEDED BFL . you helped us out too unlike you lot that????
we needed to win that to get ourselves away from the drop zone. big game on sat for you guys really.
Massive 3 points again, twice i've said that this week...long may it continue
ironic - that both sheffield teams have won both games with the black armbands on since derek dooley passed away. really immotional tonight even sinclair the anouncer couldnt get his words out. even my mate blob had tears in his eyes and he's - well got a screw loose lets just says that. crazy as it is we a 9 points off the playoffs (3 wins)
you going to coventry sat mick?
its 1.20am and i have just got back from colchester..not a great performance but who gives a flying **** and just to let you know guys from where i was standing there second goal did not look offside, so maybe our luck is turning!..lets do the same to coventry!..UP THE OWLS.
good on you fella for going all that way for a night game - did you take many?
no no you didn't need to beat up on colchester
ozanne park rangers
Believe us, ozanne, we do :)
Auckland Owl
never no pleasing some of you guys
Can anyone believe the amount of injured/suspended players we got? Bolder/Johnson/Esajas/Watson/Sodje/Jeffers/Sahar/Simek/Bullen/Clarke/ - With the current side performing and all this talent returning soon, it can only be a good thing.
What a result!! Another come back win! Get in there! 2 games in hand on Leicester with us still to play them away, and we've got to play Coventry twice still... we'll only have ourselves to blame if we go down now!
typical wednesday always done the hard way.
You guys are defo not going down!

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