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Wednesday 1 - Coventry City 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

01/04/08 - 19:45

Attendance: 21,110

Wednesday 1-1 Coventry

Wednesday missed the chance to pick up three vital points against relegation rivals Coventry City and in the end were fortunate to get a point as captain Richard Wood bagged a late, late leveller.

Owls boss Brian Laws made a bold move by putting winger Jermaine Johnson at right-back with Frank Simek, Richard Hinds and Lee Bullen all out through injury.

But it almost cost him, with the Jamaican being at fault for the Coventry goal in a lacklustre game of football which neither side really looked like winning when both would have given anything for three crucial points.

Laws made two changes to the side that drew with Stoke City at the weekend, Johnson filling in at right-back and Burton O'Brien coming back in to the starting line-up with Wade Small out.

The Sky Blues switched ends to start the match, leaving the Owls attacking the Kop end for the first half, and Wednesday made the brighter start forcing a number of early corners which saw skipper Wood head over Kasper Schmeichel's bar.

Michael Mifsud must have been earmarked as a danger man by the Owls boss and it was he who created the first chance for the visitors with a shot which was comfortably saved by in-form Owls stopper Grant.

But Wednesday edged the first half and created the more clear-cut chances, mostly through the impressive Franck Songo'o, and it was the Portsmouth loanee who beat two markers before drilling the ball back for Graham Kavanagh to send just wide of the goal after Deon Burton had dummied.

Coventry's response at the other end came as Mifsud and Robbie Simpson linked well for a second time to see the latter lash a powerful shot across the face of goal which Grant palmed away for a corner.

Youngster Sean McAllister had been impressive in recent matches since being drafted in by the Owls boss and the youngster was having arguably his best game in a Wednesday shirt, more than making up for the poor passing of his more experienced midfield colleague Kavanagh.

McAllister was a real engine in the centre of the Wednesday midfield but he had to go off just minutes before the break after a clash in the midfield, a blow for Wednesday, with Adam Bolder coming on to replace him.

Wednesday did have a late chance in the first half but Richard Wood sent another header over the bar from a Kavanagh set-piece - with the Owls' set-pieces leaving little to be desired in the first-half.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Coventry

Both sides attacked for a breakthrough in an even and end-to-end opening 45 minutes but it couldn't have been any different in a poor second half where both sides looked relatively happy with a point with the performance on the pitch.

Franck Songo'o had other ideas though, and the Portsmouth man was putting in another man-of-the-match performance and becoming the biggest, and probably only, threat for the Owls down the right wing with Johnson also offering his pace in support.

Songo'o produced another sublime bit of tricky to fool two Coventry defenders before neatly turning another, but his team-mates failed to be on the same wavelength as the move ended with nothing to show for his efforts.

And it was Songo'o who fired the first shot on goal of the second half with an angled drive which went comfortably over Schmeichel's goal minutes later.

Chris Coleman's men had a half-shout at a penalty at the other end after Tommy Spurr looked to have felled Richard Duffy in the box, but the referee waved play on to the bemusement of the Sky Blues' boss. Mifsud again tested Grant at his near-post in response.

But makeshift right-back Johnson was to have two defining moments of the match in a matter of minutes.

First, he recovered well to produce a top-drawer goal-saving challenge after Coventry had played with the ball at the edge of the box.

But just minutes later he mis-kicked Robbie Simpson's corner straight to City substitute Zavon Hines who made no mistake in lashing his first goal for the club in to the roof of Lee Grant's goal to open the scoring.

Chances for the Owls had come few and far between, with the front two of Deon Burton and Ben Sahar struggling to make any kind of impact, which was made harder by the route one approach.

But to their credit, Wednesday continued to push forward in the four minutes of time added on and it was Wood who arrived in the nick of time to nick a point and head his effort by Schmeichel to the delight of the 21,000+ Owls' faithful.

Despite the late leveller, Coventry will have been the happier team coming away with a point, although it does lift Wednesday out of the bottom three for the first time in a number of weeks and above Southampton and Barnsley.

If they continue to play like this, with a bit more creativity and some luck on the injury front, Wednesday will be enjoying Championship football again next season.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-1 Coventry

Wednesday: Grant, Johnson, Wood, Beevers, Spurr, Songo'o, Kavanagh (Watson 76), McAllister (Bolder 44), O'Brien (Slusarski 83), Burton, Sahar. Unused substitutes: Burch, Gilbert.

Coventry: Schmeichel, Duffy, Fox, Dann, Ward, Tabb, Hughes, Doyle, Gray (Osbourne 90) Mifsud (Hines 75), Simpson. Unused substitutes: Marshall, Hall, Thornton.

Star Player

Franck Songo'o

The Portsmouth loanee continues to get better and better each game and will be vital in the Owls' current battle against the drop.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 1 2008

Time: 11:14PM

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Jesus christ laws.please please drop kav he is pure crap..cannot pass run or cross a ball!..all wednesday fans should pray tonight that sean macca is not badley injured as he is key for me to wednesday staying up..he is the only guy with any drive in midfield and yet again up until him going off he was superb and my man of the match,as soon as he came off and bolder came on we looked a spent force in midfield.
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01/04/2008 23:47:00

I felt physically sick as coventry went 1-0 up, Which ever way you look at it, we've had our 3 home games now and not managed a win. So we are relying on other teams now. should of, would of, could of - counts for nothing.
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02/04/2008 00:16:00

were not having to rely on other teams at all bigash,we have a game in hand still on most around us..its still in our hands..every chance we can win at Scunthorpe on saturday and i dont see any reason why we cannot get anything from pig central next tuesday..keep the faith mate!
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02/04/2008 00:29:00

We've gone up two places, out of the bottom 3, last minute equaliser, still a game in hand on most, easier run in then a good few of those around us, plenty of positives.
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02/04/2008 01:39:00

johnson right back!!!!???? wrong!!!???
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02/04/2008 06:18:00

johnson had a blinder playin out of position n got stuck in well!! unfortunately he made one mistake n it cost us!! chin up JJ u played very well!! kavanagh needs shootin... if anyone sees him around sheffield knock the t-wat out!! or break his legs just anythin to stop him playin!!
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02/04/2008 08:06:00

I listened to the Cov commentary last night, and they were rather amused by Kavanagh. Great. Still, as I thought we were stuffed, to get a draw is quite pleasing.
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02/04/2008 08:36:00

I agree Futures - seeing the team line up before ick off I couldn't believe my eyes with JJ at fullback but thought he did a great job and though he was at fault for their goal you can't berate him for one mistake. His tackling technique of just running in and knocking the player over does scare me though - could see him being sent off in a more physical game! Can't understand how BL can't see what we see - Kav has been hitting the first defender at corners and free kicks all season yet he still lets him take them -haven't we ANYONE else who he'd let have a go???? I'd have Songo'o having a pop at free kicks every time!
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02/04/2008 08:41:00

Any news on Macca anyone???
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02/04/2008 08:42:00

for once we get the good luck, last minute equaliser. so many times we've been on the wrong end of that one!
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02/04/2008 09:43:00

About time we scored in the 93rd minute for a change. But just a shame it wasn't the winner!
will it ever happen
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02/04/2008 10:53:00

Felt awful for JJ! He had such a good game! We really need Macca back. He brings a great energy to the midfield. Absolutely spot on SuperOwls! We need to give someone else a chance at corners and free kicks. Kav just isn't up to it. An absolutely horrible display last night. I think he passed to more Cov players than the Cov players did. Shame after he seemed to do so well when we first brought him in.
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02/04/2008 11:16:00

Was glued to the Sky Sports Live Score service last night - was gutted when we went 1-0 down, but it's about bloody time we were on the right end of a last minute goal.
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02/04/2008 12:10:00

christ these owls are really not good for your health! god bless RW. was desperate for a win last night and admittedly felt it was v. important to win one of our 3 consecutive home games however after going behind so late was delighted the lads kept going and that equaliser might just save our ass. scunny on the wkend is massive. we have to beat them or we get sucked back down there. if we win and southampton lose, with barnsley not playing it,ll create a gap albeit a small one but psychologically maybe an important one. we,ve now only lost one in 10. southampton have a tough run in (and of course weve still got a game in hand on em) and hopefully the cup semi whatever the result will effect barnsleys form. its in our hands. for now.
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02/04/2008 12:46:00

Kavanagh has got to be dropped. Hopefully McAllister will be ok for saturday but needs to play in centre with either Bolder or O'Brien, Johnson moved to one flank Songo'o on other and Watson at right back.
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02/04/2008 12:57:00

lucky lucky wendy as always. you have alot of work still to do ,and i carnt see you getting anything at all on tuesday night apart from a right battering!!
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02/04/2008 13:06:00

Dear me...! I'm not sure what Laws sees in Kavanagh, but I definitely don't see it! He was shocking (again) last night. He gave the ball away almost everytime he got it, and as usual, couldn't clear the first man on corners. Songo'o had a good game - shame the forwards appeared to be asleep in the second half! Looking forward to saturday - really need the 3 points. Not sure about the decision Johnson in defence... lets hope he's not in goal next week! :)
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02/04/2008 13:27:00

Like last time pfl? You know how silly you're gonna look again come Wednesday morning with all that talk of battering us!
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02/04/2008 13:30:00

we are a different class now, and there wont be 8,000 empty seat either. lol
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02/04/2008 14:48:00

there will be 5 minutes from the end wen uv all *****ed off!! i love away days at pokey little grounds!! n different class?? preston beat u 3-1 sweetheart so stop talkin out of ur arse!!
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02/04/2008 15:15:00

hey pig for life..i am one of the 2800 wednesday fans who has a ticket for next tuesday night..come and have a chat well see how ****** cocky you are then scumbag!
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02/04/2008 15:28:00

Pfi is that the same class that loss 3-1 to North End last Saturday?
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02/04/2008 15:52:00

Haha Futures! Pokey little ground...PFL talking out of their arse...made me chuckle!!! How he can be crowing after getting a battering at our place I have no idea. I'd keep your mouth shut Piggie!
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02/04/2008 17:09:00

worksop nob - dont make me laugh. thing is u poor relations like to go on everyone elses site and post abuse, but as soon as anyone comes on this 5hit hole of a site you get all arsey and start snorting like pigs u are, you snortbeasts make us all**** our pants. going down!!
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02/04/2008 17:16:00

whos getting arsey now **** face!!..the pig is biting!!..must be a great ***** hole of a site then!..your never off it little billy no mates piggy..i dont want to and never have been on ayone elses do us all a favour and **** off back to your pig sty!..go and make another movie you were great in babe!!
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02/04/2008 17:42:00

take a look at the barnsley site and what you pr1cks are posting on there.
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02/04/2008 21:10:00

it riles me when you lot go on other clubs forums and take the p1ss and abuse them like you have done on the barnsley site. then we give you the same back and you kick off a get the hump. fu**ing winds ppl up. why do you think its ok for you lot to do it but no one else has the right to return the compliment on you crap site?? just wait untill you get relegated!!
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02/04/2008 22:04:00

your here again piggy on this 5hity site..i think your a wednesday fan really..come on admit cant stay away!..have you ever been to see utd?..i doubt it..have come across your sort before..just like utd all mouth never won a god dam thing.
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02/04/2008 22:29:00

got 2 season tickets and had them for the past 21 years, only missed 2 away games all season due to business meetings and ive got 40k invested in club shares, my company has had an executive box in the bramall lane stand for the last 3 seasons not bad for a part timer eh worksop-nob!!
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02/04/2008 22:39:00

pig for life - u make urself sound all prefessional n mature with ur own business so why do u write such childish nonsense on here?? my guess is u spent all ur time working n building ur business ur probably a virgin or ur wife has left u n now the only pleasure u have in life is talkin rubbish on here!! but keep postin cus u make me laugh!! but dont be fooled... im laughing at u not with u!!
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03/04/2008 08:19:00

whatever piggy...keep dreaming!
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03/04/2008 09:53:00

sound like you guys could do with going for some spelling lessons
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03/04/2008 12:45:00

total opposite actually fbnw but i have been know for planting my seed & prob done your wife if you have one you sad sack!!
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03/04/2008 12:57:00

clutching at straws with the spellin aint ya?? n u call me sad!! t'was a typing error!! the "done ur wife" comment merely further endorses my opinion that u r just childish!! cant fault u for spreadin the love.. im 21 n single and spread my love on a regular basis!! only difference is i have sex with women n not men!! o yeah n im still laughin.....
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03/04/2008 13:27:00

ha ha ha xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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03/04/2008 18:51:00

Bring on the play-offs! Win every game to the end of the season and who knows?!!!!
will it ever happen
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03/04/2008 20:06:00


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