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Q.P.R. 3 - Wednesday 2

Loftus Road, London

13/04/09 - 3pm

Attendance: 13,742

Q.P.R. 3-2 Wednesday

Wednesday let a two-goal advantage slip in dramatic style to fall to their second defeat in three days at Queens Park Rangers on Easter Monday.

A Gavin Mahon own goal and Marcus Tudgay spot-kick had put Wednesday in a commanding 2-0 lead at Loftus Road despite another below-par performance.

But a superb revival from the hosts, coupled with some rocky defending from Brian Laws men, saw goals from Rowan Vine, Mahon and Damion Stewart seal a win for Gareth Ainsworth's men.

Laws made four changes to the side that last to Derby with Leon Clarke, Luke Varney, Tommy Spurr and Etienne Esajas replace Francis Jeffers, Sean McAllister, Frank Simek and Jermaine Johnson respectively.

Wednesday could have been forgiven for not knowing what to expect from the R's going into the game, given that Paulo Sousa had been given the boot and Gareth Ainsworrth had taken caretaker control of the club.

But the visitors were keen to bounce straight back from their weekend home defeat to Derby and came racing out of the traps when the returning Clarke saw an effort deflected wide from a dangerous Etienne Esajas corner.

The dutchman was involved in his first start for some time following injury, and his first-half set-pieces, coupled with his tricky runs down the wing, gave the Wednesday fans plenty of early positives.

But despite the encouraging early start, Rangers had the bulk of the possession and came close through Heidar Helguson, only for in-form Lee Grant to make a fine save to deny the former Fulham and Watford man.

The Owls defence - who've performed so well at home but so poorly on their travels - was having a tough time at the back and it looked only a matter of time before the R's found the breakthrough.

Richard Wood in particular, who was subbed later in the match, wasn't having his greatest game at the back and was possibly one of a number of Owls players looking forward to their summer holiday's rather than taking the task in hand.

Wayne Routledge saw an effort come back off the woodwork while Jordi Lopez also came close to giving Rangers the lead as the chances continued to come for the hosts.

But it was Wednesday who broke the deadlock against the run of play when Esajas' corner took a deflection off Mahon and went into the back of the net to stun the home fans 35 minutes in.

The Owls couldn't take the momentum off their own goal though and Rangers continued to look for a leveller as the first half drew to close, but Lee Grant kept their attack at bay, despite Helguson seeing an effort chalked off.

Half-Time: QPR -0-1 Wednesday

Laws brought Mark Beevers on to replace Wood at half-time, a change which wasn't forced through injury.

And the Owls had more of the possession on the resumption, resulting in them doubling their lead not long after the restart.

Marcus Tudgay continued his top goalscoring form from the season when he despatched a penalty kick following a foul on Clarke inside the box to see Wednesday 2-0 to the good.

Wednesday were fortunate to be in such a good position to continue their excellent away form, but it wasn't long before the hosts got themselves back in the game.

Wayne Routledge, looking so dangerous throughout the game, cut in and powered a shot which was well saved by Grant but former Luton Town man Vine was on-hand to fire in the rebound to give the hosts hope.

Given the Owls' sloppy yet fortunate defending, it seemed almost inevitable that a goal for the hosts could open the floodgates.

And it wasn't long before the scores were level as a dangerous corner kick was headed in at the far post by Mahon, something which Laws will no doubt have been left fuming about.

The momentum was fully with the hosts, and they had a good chance to turn the game on its head when Lee Cook couldn't despatch a dangerous free-kick from the edge of the box into the back of the net.

But the former Fulham winger was more precise with his net ball, when he gave Stewart a comfortable winning header with full-time approaching from a free-kick.

Full-Time: Q.P.R. 3-2 Wednesday




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Date:Monday April 13 2009

Time: 10:32PM

Your Comments

Very gracious report - that was our best performance in weeks. Gotta commend Wednesday for being where they are in the league with all the upheavel at the club.
Boxer
Very gracious report - that was our best performance in weeks. Gotta commend Wednesday for being where they are in the league with all the upheavel at the club.
Boxer
We know all about upheaval.. you too!
Auckland Owl
We know all about upheaval.. you too!
Auckland Owl
Just read that BL is unhappy with the quality of play, likening Wednesday to a pub team. What does he expect? We won't go down, we can't make the playoffs. There is nothing to play for. Whether or not the players will admit it, their heads are already away on holiday. Those with injury problems won't push things as they want to stay fit for next season. This is a long list at Wednesday. I'll say it now, I don't care about the top ten. Yes there are financial rewards ( and yes we need every penny) but football wise they mean nothing. This season we were also rans, yes we triumphed over united, twice. Which was nice. But it was our piggy chums who pushed on from those games and made the drive for the playoffs. We faltered after each game. What was it? Did we feel we had done enough? Did we throw too much into the derby games? Probably a little of both.I believe that Wednesday have the nucleus of a good side. From the beginning of the season I said we only lacked a goalscorer. As the majority of the games lost were by a single goal I still believe this. Top ten, mid-table is nowhere. Safe but dull. Could do better. BL knows this. He knows he needs every penny and wants that top ten but the players are human beings and they won't break their necks for mid-table. Sorry but there it is. You can't fight the subconscious. I can't wait for next season. Set out your stall from the off BL, playoffs are the minimum to be expected. C'mon Wednesday!
robc
Just read that BL is unhappy with the quality of play, likening Wednesday to a pub team. What does he expect? We won't go down, we can't make the playoffs. There is nothing to play for. Whether or not the players will admit it, their heads are already away on holiday. Those with injury problems won't push things as they want to stay fit for next season. This is a long list at Wednesday. I'll say it now, I don't care about the top ten. Yes there are financial rewards ( and yes we need every penny) but football wise they mean nothing. This season we were also rans, yes we triumphed over united, twice. Which was nice. But it was our piggy chums who pushed on from those games and made the drive for the playoffs. We faltered after each game. What was it? Did we feel we had done enough? Did we throw too much into the derby games? Probably a little of both.I believe that Wednesday have the nucleus of a good side. From the beginning of the season I said we only lacked a goalscorer. As the majority of the games lost were by a single goal I still believe this. Top ten, mid-table is nowhere. Safe but dull. Could do better. BL knows this. He knows he needs every penny and wants that top ten but the players are human beings and they won't break their necks for mid-table. Sorry but there it is. You can't fight the subconscious. I can't wait for next season. Set out your stall from the off BL, playoffs are the minimum to be expected. C'mon Wednesday!
robc
robc-totally agree with everything you said!!!!!! 1 thing i couldnt understand about the squad picked-why did he play o'connor when macallister was on the bench??? o'connor has got worse as the season has gone on-he loses the ball then fouls the player trying to win it back-just not good enough!! i know it wont happen but i think we needs at least 5 new signings!!!! and no jimmy smiths please!!
supersibon
robc-totally agree with everything you said!!!!!! 1 thing i couldnt understand about the squad picked-why did he play o'connor when macallister was on the bench??? o'connor has got worse as the season has gone on-he loses the ball then fouls the player trying to win it back-just not good enough!! i know it wont happen but i think we needs at least 5 new signings!!!! and no jimmy smiths please!!
supersibon
p.s-the interview with BL was brilliant after the match!!!
supersibon
p.s-the interview with BL was brilliant after the match!!!
supersibon
the interview was so predictable and fake!! he just says what the fans want to hear. robc is on drugs if he thinks the playoffs are a minimum. wendy have over achieved like made this season and will struggle next season. on the otherhand we will be playing in different leagues next season so............ UP THE PREMIERSHIP BLADES!!
bladesforlife1889
the interview was so predictable and fake!! he just says what the fans want to hear. robc is on drugs if he thinks the playoffs are a minimum. wendy have over achieved like made this season and will struggle next season. on the otherhand we will be playing in different leagues next season so............ UP THE PREMIERSHIP BLADES!!
bladesforlife1889
yawn pfl.
johnnywalker69
yawn pfl.
johnnywalker69
jealousy at it's best piggy!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
bladesforlife1889
jealousy at it's best piggy!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
bladesforlife1889
PFL-no-one on this site cares at all about any of your opinions!!!!!!!!
supersibon
PFL-no-one on this site cares at all about any of your opinions!!!!!!!!
supersibon
I have to admit though pfl, you're right. I'd much rather be where you lot are than mid table xxxxx
johnnywalker69
I have to admit though pfl, you're right. I'd much rather be where you lot are than mid table xxxxx
johnnywalker69
course you would johnny-boy thanks for the xxxxx too. ha ha every wendy fan i know thinks we are going up. i'm very very nervous. knowing birmingham have got reading away last game of the season is keeping us all believing that its actually going to happen. what an achievement it would be, especially in the current financial climate. get ready for a red n white onslaught.
bladesforlife1889
course you would johnny-boy thanks for the xxxxx too. ha ha every wendy fan i know thinks we are going up. i'm very very nervous. knowing birmingham have got reading away last game of the season is keeping us all believing that its actually going to happen. what an achievement it would be, especially in the current financial climate. get ready for a red n white onslaught.
bladesforlife1889
 

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