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Wednesday 0 - Reading 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

05/12/09 - 3pm

Attendance: 22,090

Wednesday 0-2 Reading

The future of Wednesday boss Brian Laws fell further into question as the Owls fell to yet another crippling home defeat - this time against fellow strugglers Reading at Hillsborough.

As if things weren't bad enough for the Owls, defeat against a side struggling below them on home soil left Wednesdayites wondering just whether they're side will be playing in the Championship or League 1 based on this dour performance.

It was another no-show from the lacklustre Owls, as another poor side in Reading, who now find themselves above Wednesday, show to a comfortable win thanks to goals from Grzegorz Rasiak Kalifa Cisse shot them to a vital win.

The defeat was Wednesday's fourth on the spin on home soil - and what was a relative 'fortress' last season, and the reaction from fans following the final whistle showed the disapproval of the man at the helm.

Changes needed to be made following last weekend's thrashing at the hands of West Brom, and they were - but they had little impact on the performance on the pitch.

Despite Laws hauling Tommy Spurr off last weekend, he kept his place in the back four as Frank Simek got the chop and Lewis Buxton filled in at right-back, leaving Mark Beevers to return to the centre of the defence alongside Richard Hinds.

Etienne Esajas was also recalled to the midfield in place of Jermaine Johnson, while Luke Varney replaced Leon Clarke in attack.

There was still no sign of loan duo Warren Feeney or Tom Soares in the starting eleven, although Feeney did manage a brief showing in the second half, when it was too little too late.

The dropping of Johnson will also be called into question, with the Owls looking lacklustre in the attacking department, and no outlet player to run at the Reading defence - something Esajas should of done but failed.

Both sides came into the game on the back of defeats - Reading fell to a 2-1 loss at Derby last time out - although the visitors had the better form in their last five matches.

Indeed, that was there to show in an opening 45 minutes which will have left the majority of the 22,000 inside S6 questioning whether to renew their season tickets next term - something which was advertised on the free cardboard clappers that were given away to supporters.

And to the Wednesdayites' credit, they did try to cheer their team on when the eleven men on the pitch were doing little to make for a good atmosphere inside Hillsborough.

It was a scrappy affair, with long balls forward doing little to trouble either goalkeeper, and a goalless draw looking the most likely outcome from a first half that created little.

If anything, Reading shaded the game in the first half and carved out the better, if only half, chances in front of goal.

Jobi McAnuff was highlighted as the danger-man by Vital going into the game, and he proved more than a handful for the Owls defence as he was sent racing through on goal only for Beevers to make a fine last-ditch tackle to stop him in his tracks.

Gylfi Sigurdsson also came close for the visitors with a free-kick which zipped inches wide of goal.

At the other end, there was little to cheer for the home support as the Wednesday midfield, with James O'Connor taking the captain's armband, creating little in the way of chances.

The second half needed something to liven up affairs, with a stalemate doing no good for either side, and it got just that - albeit from a Reading point of view.

Instead of trying to take the game to the visitors, Wednesday just came out in the second half and carried on where they left off - doing little to try and win the game - and it played straight into Reading's hands.

The Owls had a warning sign when Rasiak connected poorly with a cross and headed an effort over the bar when he should have done better after the restart.

But although getting no younger, a player with the finishing ability of Rasiak won't miss too many chances, and he made Laws' men pay not long after with the opening goal.

The first strike was always going to prove decisive, and it came when McAnuff provided an inch-perfect cross for the former Derby and Southampton man to slot by Grant from six yards.

The game needed the goal, and it created chances for both sides as Spurr sent a low effort harmlessly wide and Rasiak again came close to doubling his tally for the afternoon.

The best chance of the game for Wednesday came just before the hour mark when Varney turned and shot from just inside the box, but the post came to Reading's rescue and the ball went to safety.

It was a big moment for Wednesday, and the miss proved costly as the Royals went straight down the other end to all-but seal the three points.

It came from the creativity of McAnuff again, creativity Brian Laws would crave for, as he provided Cisse with an easy effort to make it 2-0 to the visitors and game, set and match.

Law tried to change it with Warren Feeney making his debut for the Owls, while Leon Clarke and Johnson also came into the fray.

But it changed little, and Wednesday failed to even push Reading for their victory in a rain-soaked Hillsborough, as Laws is left with the huge job of lifting his men for a big South Yorkshire derby clash with Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 5 2009

Time: 6:58PM

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What a f ing shambles, twice in seven days Ive left on 70 minuets Unbelievably worse than than week. Quick exit poll because they won't put it as the official site poll. Laws in or out Out for me
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05/12/2009 20:25:00

out for me duds
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05/12/2009 20:40:00

out for me after that performance.
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05/12/2009 20:45:00

Out without a doubt. He manages picks trains the players he has to go. Id get rid before Tuesdays impending horror show at Doncaster. We are S***e!!!
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05/12/2009 20:59:00

Having not scored in 3 games its not looking good,and Mr Laws wots the point in bringing in 2 loan signings just to sit on the bench when the players thats out there arnt losing faith in you and your tatics av to be questioned especially with the subs,y wasnt simek playing or even on the bench next its Doncaster Rovers and another battle i can see the trap doors opening for both club and manager.
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05/12/2009 22:46:00

Oh Christ, we can't lose to Donny can we? Don't answer that, I'm off to tie a noose. BL out.
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05/12/2009 23:13:00

you cant blame BL the players are crap hes a good boss its the board we should want out if he only has peanuts to spend we can only buy monkeys and the ones he didnt buy are not far behind them
dublin owl
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05/12/2009 23:45:00

Sorry but you're wrong Dublin. He's wasted what little money has been given. It's time for a change.
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06/12/2009 00:42:00

Has anyone else noticed that since lee came in that moral has been low? nobody players manager etc know whats happening at the club. If we get investment who will still be in a job? if we dont we go into administration. would you be at your best in your job if you was unsure of your future! laws was best thing since sliced bread since lee came in we want rid i admit its not good enough at min but i think we need to look at bigger picture our chairman talks rubbish and i think the manager knows it and so do the players. I think the thing that lee is doing is setting us up to go bust in new year. Lee Strafford out then if no change laws out.
bodsy owl
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06/12/2009 01:23:00

sir brian!!
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06/12/2009 03:34:00

shocking attendance too considering it was cheap day at the pig farm. £10 for the grunters & a fiver for the piglets
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06/12/2009 03:35:00

It was over 22k dip**** and we didnt hear you lot f00king moaning when your scrubbers were dropping ticket prices. Ive told you before if you want to come on here and discuss football fine, but if you cant even scrape half a brain cell together to do that then dont bother. The mods have also warned you about your conduct before.
Skeggy owl
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06/12/2009 10:39:00

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06/12/2009 11:31:00

Dublin sorry m8 but laws is crap bad signings poor coach tactically inept if we had Howard downstairs he tighten the team up sell the ***** and rebuild from the bottom up then we can get investment thatís how business works people wonít invest in a ***** product brand Wednesday is damaged goods we need to rebuild & then consolidate before we can go forward. lee Strafford is a very good business man I know firsthand yes he talks too much but that confidence if he canít talk us up to potential investors then no one will even look at us wake up people it is a business do you want to go back to the Allan days?
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06/12/2009 12:47:00

Total shambles. I havent got a clue whats going on at Hillsborough at the moment. Strafford is a waster and talks total Bull and Laws well god knows whats happend to him. At this rate we should just go into adminstration quite clearly there is no money from Strafford and no one wants to put any money in. Laws has had a bit of dosh and money spend on free transfers wages and in my opinion totally wasted it. Hes got to go
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06/12/2009 12:48:00

its just not good enough, the playes arent motivated and are constantly playing long ball and being pulled out of position. abysmal in every department yesterday, i thought grant was very poor his distribution is terrible. all he does is hoof it, only once yesterday did he make a pass rather than hitting long ball. oh and olly owl, please lose the CAPITALS.
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06/12/2009 13:05:00

Jamesc1905, why is Lee Stafford a waster ? Is it his fault the team are playing the way they are ?
Skeggy owl
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06/12/2009 14:30:00

Erm.... What has he done since he came in??? Oh thats right he has just gone on about Investment in fact I remeber him saying it would be march this year then it was the summer... oh and he seems to blame the fans for not buying season tickets thats why we cant afford new players. The bloke is a joke. Full of public stunts getting fans hopes up then no end product. Thats why Skeggy.
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06/12/2009 14:38:00

Absolute garbage yesterday and very dissappointed in Laws team selection. Soares should have played instead of O'Connor, JJ should have started and EE should have come on, he seems to have more impact when coming on, Simek instead of Buxton and Micky Gray in place of Spurr, McCallister should be playing as well. Why the long ball all the time as well? Get it down and play, it's kids stuff. Not sure if getting rid of Laws is the answer as who would we get in? Not many quality jobless managers out there
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06/12/2009 14:47:00

1 Point and 1 place now scunny won, not good enough
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06/12/2009 15:18:00

Still didnt answer my question though James !!!
Skeggy owl
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06/12/2009 15:27:00

SORRY ozzietheowl
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06/12/2009 16:55:00

lee strafford has made a lot off changes to wednesday since he became chairman there was a lot to sort out and in my opinion has done a decent job the only thing he has failed in is getting investment into the club as for laws i still believe he is a good manager and i hope he will get a chance to turn things round if we sack him what then we have to pay up his contract and find another manager who can work with little or no cashhow many managers have we got rid off in the past and got nowhere nothing will inprove untill we get investment so lets hope laws picks a team that will grind out some sort off result at doncaster and build on that come on wednesdayites get behind our team and lets get through this together.
beverley owl
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06/12/2009 17:24:00

Think its time for a change, but wont happen. They dont have the money to pay BL off, and get anyone half decent in. If it does happen, i would love to see J Sheridan given a chance, he had a great run with oldhanm about 2 years ago, and seems to be stable enough with chesterfield. One thing would be sure, everone would be well behind him.
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06/12/2009 17:55:00

I have to confess that of all the former Wednesday players currently in management I would be uneasy with all but one taking over. That one is Nigel Pearson and there's no way we'd ever get him.
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06/12/2009 19:26:00

Final roll of the dice for me tomorrow night, Soares and Feeney must start otherwise why bring them in?
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07/12/2009 08:59:00

EXACTLY sussexowl.i wud stil like the youngsters to get a chance.We may av wot we r looking for in the reserves.
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07/12/2009 12:06:00


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