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United 2 - Wednesday 2

Bramall Lane, Sheffield

08/04/08 - 19:45

Attendance: 31,760

United 2-2 Wednesday

An injury-ravaged Wednesday side picked up a much-needed point against the odds at Bramall Lane in the second Steel City derby of the season, making it a win and a draw against our red and white neighbours this term, and more importantly giving the Owls a huge boost in the battle against relegation.

Most Owls fans would have taken a point before the clash, but Owls boss Brian Laws put out a side to make it two wins from two against Kevin Blackwell's troops this season, and two goals from Adam Bolder either side of half-time looked to have put the Owls en route to a fine win.

But an unfortunate own goal from Richard Wood and a superb James Beattie free-kick rescued a point for the Blades, although Wednesday still had late chances to snatch all three points.

It was an action-packed Sheffield derby, with huge amounts of passion from both sides, and goals to match.

Owls boss Brian Laws made just the one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe United at the weekend with Mark Beevers fit to return to the heart of the Owls' defence alongside Richard Wood, with Peter Gilbert dropping out of the squad and Tommy Spurr moving back to left-back.

United boss Kevin Blackwell also made a trio of changes to his Blades line-up despite their comfortable 3-0 victory over Leicester City at the weekend.

Former Owl Derek Geary returned to the starting line-up at the expense of John Halls, while Paddy Kenny came back in for Ian Bennett and Chris Morgan returned to the defence in place of Ugo Ehiogu.

Blackwell stuck with Saturday's hat-trick hero James Beattie and former Owls target Billy Sharp, who came up against his former Scunthorpe boss, and will no doubt have been keen to bag for his boyhood side.

The start of the clash had a minutes applause for former Owls goalscoring legend and former Blades chairman Derek Dooley, with the clash being the first derby since the death of the Sheffield footballing legend.

But, as is common with big Steel City derby matches, the clash started off in sloppy fashion with neither side making any clear-cut chances from the opening exchanges in front of the fine atmosphere inside Bramall Lane.

Wednesday made the brighter start as they took control of the match in the opening minutes, forcing an early corner for the visitors but causing little concern for Kenny in the Blades goal.

Wednesday had struggled to mount any serious challenges on Kenny's goal, but in Jermaine Johnson they had an attacking winger who could cause something out of nothing and the Jamaican international raced away and forced Kenny to spill the ball just before the half-hour mark, but no Wednesday players followed up to pounce.

And with the game bursting in to life, United had a good chance at the other end minutes later as Sharp tried a cheeky chip over Owls' stopper Lee Grant, but the Wednesday number one did well to tip the ball over for a corner.

United were making the better of the width of the pitch and David Cotterill was causing problems for the Owls defence, dancing by Mark Beevers but seeing his effort cleared by Richard Wood.

Former Leeds man Matthew Kilgallon had a good chance for the hosts just before the half-hour mark but his header went comfortably in to the arms of Grant from a Michael Tonge corner.

United were having the better of the play but the breakthrough came against the run of play and it was through the unlikliest of sources as Adam Bolder popped up to head home the opener and send the travelling Wednesday support ecstatic after 38 minutes.

Steve Watson had had a relatively quiet game but provided a superb cross for the QPR loanee to head home from the edge of the six-yard box and give Wednesday the lead.

The goal gave Wednesday a huge confidence boost and they enjoyed the better of the remainder of the half, possibly being unlucky not to add to their lead before the half-time interval as Frank Songo'o saw his effort tipped over by Kenny, before the Portsmouth loanee should have done better with an effort from inside the box minutes before the break.

But regardless of the Blades enjoying the best of the possession and the chances, the Owls were leading at the break and boss Brian Laws needed a top half-time teamtalk to rally his troops for the second half.

Half-Time: United 0-1 Wednesday

And despite United making the better start to the second half it was Wednesday who looked relatively comfortable in the early stages and they had a half-shout for a penalty when Chris Morgan looked to have handled in the box.

Another unlikely goalscorer in captain Richard Wood almost made it two when the United defence were left sleeping, but the Owls defender fired his effort straight at Kenny.

The Owls continued pushing forward as Songo'o again carved himself out an effort on goal but Kenny comfortably picked up the effort.

But he was left picking the ball out of the net for a second time just a minute later, Songo'o again involved as he put in Bolder to bag his second goal of the match from the edge of the box to send the Owls' fans behind the goal wild.

Off the pitch, scuffles broke out following the goal, with dozens of riot police being called to the Blades' Kop to sort out the antics going on off the pitch.

The clash had burst in to life, both on the pitch and off it, and it wasn't long after before United got themselves a lifeline as Richard Wood unfortunately put the ball in to the back of his own net just after the half hour mark.

With the match reaching its peak, both managers made tactical substitutions with Stephen Quinn coming off for Jonathan Stead for the hosts, while Ben Sahar came off for the more physical Bartosz Slusarski.

But United were back in the game and were forcing the pressure as James Beattie and Stead both had efforts saved by Grant when they should have done better.

But Wednesday had probably the best chance as substitute Slusarski saw his powerful effort brilliantly saved by Kenny, who also prevented an Owls corner at the same time.

United were still looking for a way through the Wednesday defence but they failed to gain any momentum and found their chances coming few and far between as Wednesday looked to break on the counter-attack.

The Owls managed to calm the play down with ten minutes to go, with Jermaine Johnson, Bolder and Burton both doing well in holding the ball up at the United end of the pitch, thwarting any trouble at the other end.

Speedy winger Johnson continued to pose a threat for the Blades with his pace and he ran half the length of the pitch on the break before seeing his shot on goal well blocked and going in to the arms of Kenny.

But it was all level on 86 minutes as James Beattie produced another top-drawer free-kick from the edge of the box and slotted it low and by Lee Grant's near post to bag the leveller for the Blades and leave Wednesday sweating for a point in the latter stages.

The fourth official indicated four minutes stoppage time and the Owls almost snatched the winner in the first minute of added time as Tommy Spurr collected a neat pass before lashing the ball across the face of goal but no Wednesday players were able to get the finishing touch on the ball.

And Jermaine Johnson lashed an effort over the bar after good work from Burton O'Brien and Deon Birton as Wednesday looked to finish the stronger.

But the Owls had to settle for a point in an absorbing contest, hopefully a point which will help Wednesday towards safety this season, and which will put an end to United's promotion hopes.

Full-Time: United 2-2 Wednesday

Wednesday: Grant, Watson, Beevers, Wood, Spurr, Johnson, Kavanagh, Bolder, Songo'o, Burton, Sahar. Substitutes: Burch, Hinds, O'Brien, Boden, Slusarski.

United: Kenny, Naysmith, Morgan, Kilgallon, Geary, Tonge, Cotterill, Speed, Tonge, Sharp, Beattie. Substitutes: Bennett, Halls, Ehiogu, Hulse, Stead.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 8 2008

Time: 9:51PM

Your Comments

Great Job Wednesday! It was REALLY disappointing not to take all three, but here are the facts...1. We were the better side 2. They had to catch up to us UP THE OWLS! We'll get both in next year.
Disappointing with the manner of it but would have taken a point before the match. Blades can't even beat our reserve side! :)
*laugh* Right you are Welshy!
2-0 and we f****d it up? Not really, 2-2 and we f**** up piggies' waning play-off hopes. I still think we will beat either Plymouth or certainly Norwich at home, we should be OK.
And I believe that makes it 4-2 to us for the season. Muhahahahah.
well, i'm unbelievably dissapointed with that, although i expect you will be more so. The second half you matched us and perhaps edged it but being completely honest you have to admit we absolutely murdered you the first half. Songo'o & Johnson impressed me again, but wasn't all that impressed with Mr. Beevers.
Yep you did win the first half but we did win the second. Feeling both emotions at the moment. Disappointed with letting a 2 goal lead slip but happy witht the point because most of us would have taken the point before the game.
will it ever happen
Phew!! feels like 2 points lost but it is definitely 1 point gained. would have been delighted with that result if it was offered before the game. It is just the manner in which we drew. I had us down for a loss on the bbc predictor and we still stayed up, so were 1 point ahead of schedule for me! good game, good game.
no Robson to blame for u not beating us this time is there piggies?? sure ul think of some *****!! thanx for the four points!! am i also right in thinking u could sell out ur tickets in such a small ground?????
pig fans are a disgrace i will never take my kids to that s5hit hole themselves a family club..we had bottles coins pies beer you name it thrown down at was only luck that know one got injured..******** shockinging!
feels like we have lost throwing that 2 goal lead
as we said before worksop ther animals well pigs
you are absolutely correct, we don't have Robson to blame, we have noone to blame but ourselves. We did well to get back from 2-0 but we should never have been in that position in the first place. As for the throwing things, there's no way of condoning it, but do you think if it was the other way around, that your fans would all be "gentlemen?"
your right there mick..were was this huge crowd pigforlife kept going on about by my reckoning there were less than a thousand more than at s6..woope doo!
shepshed the fans should not be put in that position to do these things..that would never happen at s6..sorry but your club are a discrace for what they let happen tonight..they should be fined for not policing it propely.
to be honest it was pretty dyer arrangements on our behalf, but going on about it being a disgrace is a bit much. theyre not a disgrace just completely incompetent.
no shepsblade it was a ******** wouldnt have said that if you had to cover up your 13 and 14 year old kids from getting hurt would you!!!..they were supposed to be there to enjoy a football game and were terrified!
It would happen if it was the other way round, no two ways about it. Just poor organisation on the Blades part. We have to segregate god knows how many seats, yewt the Blunts can do that?
actually you're right. it's not fair on the kids.
take points off them fine too they want the right thing doing dont they or so they say. the tevez fiasco proves our point
come on mick, don't be daft. I like the wednesday page on here because it's not got as much ***** on it as ours but points?? that's a bit much. If they did that kind of thing Millwall would end up on negative points every season. If you don't lose points for breaking the league rules then we shouldn't lose them for that. A fine maybe, but points is ridiculous
probli so but we knew it was going to happen putting blades above owls and the ticket policy was a recipe for disaster . someone has to be made a scapegoat for this so it doesnt happen again
That is an absolute disgrace, they should have had stewards stood around their upper tier and ejected anyone caught throwing anything. Worksop..Owl is there anyway of complaining about this? ? ? I must say ringing football heaven radio show in the evening - would make the treatment you recieved more public.
the policing and organisation both inside and outside the ground was nothing short of disgraceful, my brother got hit on the head by a flare, yes a flare , again!, whilst q ing up to get into one of the two turnstiles that was open! disgusting good performance tho would have taken a point b4 , and although its the worst way to get a draw i thinkk its defo a point gained. uto
Well it sounds like it was known that trouble was going to happen, so why wasn't the police ready for all of this. It took them 10 minutes to get to the trouble in the kop, by this time someone could have been seriously hurt, if not already?! Shocking!!
will it ever happen
I had already posted beforehand Worksop Owl about the stewards allowing anything to be thrown over on to the away supporters, that is why I didn't go when I found out we only had the bottom tier.I'M afraid the blunts regime are'nt as good as what they think they are on all fronts, team, segregation, tickets on open just goes on and on.
How many extra tickets were sold in the 3 days before kick off on General Sale? Easily 3-5 thousand, I'd say. With probably upto a 1000 owls in the home end.
Shame you didn't hang on for the win.
Dreaming of the 3 points for a while but on balance a point a piece probably fair, would have taken a point beforehand but at 2-0 up, there should only have been one winner! In reality it took an unlucky own goal to get them back in the game then a wonder free-kick to scrape them a point, a morale victory if not an actual one that would have given us 3 points!! Taking 4 points off them this season is acceptable I suppose but a double would have been incredible, maybe next season!! Hopefully Barnsley don't make use of their games in hand but would happily see the saints go down!
to be honnest i thought you were lucky, you got 2 goals which you didnt deserve at all after being totally out played in both halfs. your keeper was the man of the match so whats that say. nevertheless your forwards were mega quick and songo was a handfull - i do rate him. jj was excellent again. we could have and should have won that in the end. you didnt look like a team struggling at the bottom and with performances like that you will be ok just this season. there were 6 nobs sacks who got absolutely battered in the kop as you can expect. ticket allocation was terrible same old same old and the blades fans in the upper tier should be ashamed of themselves. as ive said before away fans should be allocated 2,000 tickets on the south stand (bramall lane side) with relevent segregation.
couldnt believe it when we went 2-0 down we didnt deserve it as we were the better team. nevertheless SIR BEATTIE PLEASE RISE!!
have look at stats pigforlife before you open your snout. 19 shots apiece both with 12 on target you had slightly more possesion lot more even than you want to admit i think .as you say we were a big clUB but not so now get used to it. well on last nights performance pfl you were a big club last season but not now GET USED TO IT
STOP THE PRESSES!!! Our very own bladeforlife has complimented you, what more do you want? The two wednesday wingers were excellent and dicked all over Geary & Naysmith. We wasted posession far too much, and weren't a patch on how we have been recently, however that's probably downt o how wednesday pressured and didn't let us play. that doesn't mean stopping us playing was your sole purpose because you often looked dangerous on the attack, but in the end probably a fair result
Your running out of games to stay up, wins are needed not draws.
Tiny T
pig for life you showed your true colours yesterday with your childish and inane ranting, when you were 2-0 down your so called following was all ready for going home, you could hear pin drop, don't talk to us as though you are superior, last night and the previous derby game proved that we are better than you think, premiership your having a laugh!!! and stay off the WEDNESDAY websites
ha ha see sheps what a bunch of idiots!!
Can't we have a proper discussion on here without it getting abusive. Blades have recognised that we have good players and did OK on the night and we have to compliment Beats on a class strike. Both sides have agreed the ticket fiasco was a farce and who ever thought putting Blades fans in the tiwer above Owls needs shooting this morning. We were unlucky not to hold on and win it and by the end of the game Blades should be happy they got a point from it. Can't be bothered with all this abuse though - banter yes, petty minded abuse no. Sorry to sound like my Dad but it takes away from a good honest debate
superowls you are spot on mate and im glad someone one here has some common sense.
don't mind a debate at all, but when the comments become moronic as they did from piggy boy yesterday then all common sense flies out of the window, bottom line is we acheived the unexpected in both games against what is on paper a better side than us, however four points out of six proves different, that is so sweet to know that for all their so called superiority they do not have the bragging rights this year, WE DO!!!
cheers for the 4 points this season, without them we'd be in relegation zone.
Just start posting on this site but am slightly bemused at some of the childish nonsense written at times, takes me back to the playground! The simple fact is whilst we have earned the bragging rights for the season by taking 4 points off Utd, a look at the league table tells the story. Utd have won more games, scored more goals and conceded less which is why they are 8 places above us in the league and not scrabbing to avoid relegation which pains me! i acknowledge local bragging rights are important but so are the other 44 league games, if Wednesday averaged 2 points per games in these matches as we've done against Utd then we'd win the league hands down. The financial position of both teams in most telling, Utd can spend 4m on Beattie where as any player of quality or value Wednesday have has to be sold (Bougherra, Brunt, Whelan etc). When were Wednesday last able to spend that sort of money on anybody! Whilst with so called inferior players Wednesday can compete with Utd for 2 games a season, a genuine sustained season long assault on the league will only be achievable through serious investment/takeover, anybody have any news on that front!!! Wednesday have always been the bigger more fashionable club but mismanagement of the club and it's finances 10-15 years ago is still affecting us now, I'm hoping theres light at the end of this bloody long depressing tunnel!
i was in the upper stand last night. very very ashamed. some idiots could have caused some really trouble or some one could of been really hurt. i think if roles had been reversed the same would happen though, as you cannot have that many fans and that much passion and not attract a few idiots. why we cannot turn up and support our teams without all that i dont know..sufc and police must sort that out.. anyway great derby loads of passion, lets look forward to more of them but without the idiots
Good post sussexowl and agree with what you say. There does seem to be light at the end with the impending takeover, it could well be the best pre-season for a long time should we survive and get the green light for new owners. The Blades are on a comedown from the Premiership, they have cash to spend and in James Beattie they have imo the best striker outside the Premiership. They'll do well to hang on to him next season, imagine life for them without him.
i think u shud change ur user name to sussex blade pal! its only banter, i know it gets stupid sometimes but everyone luvs it really!
there is light m8 trust me
im only pullin ur *****er about the sussex blade thing, sounds like u know ya stuff mate
Good post Sussex, but don't forget about all our injury problems and not having a settled side for weeks on end.The blunts are well in front of us on the commercial side agreed, and their ground has been improved ( well it couldn't be any worse than it was) but that's about it!!!!! Apart from Beattie, who else would you have in preference to ours. The famous multi-million blunts academy........just how many were playing last night on on the bench?
To be honest, without the obvious exception of Beattie, I wouldn't have any of their players, can't see how any of them would improve us! Every team has injuries but it seems we suffer more than most, just imagine a settle team week in week out featuring Simek, Wood, Sodje, Jeffers etc etc, even macca came in and was doing well until he got struck down with the injury curse, tuds was hitting his stride and he got done! At least with our money problems it's highlighted how good some of the players the academy are producing, would Beevers have played as many games this season if money was no object and we could have gone out and bought someone?

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