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Wednesday 1 - Crystal Palace 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

02/01/10 - 3pm

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Wednesday 1-2 Palace

Wednesday took their dire league form into the FA Cup as they crashed out of the prestigious competition at the third round stage in a lacklustre clash against Championship rivals Crystal Palace.

Neil Danns and Calvin Andrew bagged the goals that saw Neil Warnock's men through in front of a poor crowd of over 8,000 at S6, the Owls' response coming from a Clint Hill own goal a minute before half-time.

The Owls will have been keen to kick-start 2010 in winning style, especially given the FA Cup gives financial rewards that the club could do with at present.

But a good cup run could well have been even more important in the grand scheme of things, with a much-needed confidence boost required to help Wednesday lift themselves out of the Championship's bottom three.

It was even more disappointing for Wednesdayites given the fine performance last time out at Hillsborough, as the Owls performed well and held table-toppers Newcastle to a 2-2 stalemate on Boxing Day.

Wednesday caretaker boss Sean McAuley gave Francis Jeffers a rare start in 4-3-3 formation, with Marcus Tudgay and Leon Clarke also in the Owls' attack in light of Luke Varney's return to Derby County last week.

The game was arguably one of the worst Wednesday could have got glamour-wise, and it lived up to its billing in the early stages with neither side threatening in front of goal.

A scrappy midfield battle unfolded in the opening 15 minutes and it came somewhat out of the blue, although not unexpected, when the visitors took the lead after 19 minutes.

Wednesday's defence continued to look brittle and when Shaun Scannell broke down the right, former Birmingham midfielder Neil Danns was well positioned to tap in the opener from point-blank range.

The goal gave Palace a big lift and put a big dint in Wednesday's frail confidence, and the Eagles could have doubled their lead just a minute later when the same man again, Danns, thumped a long-range volley just wide of goal.

But after falling behind 2-1 against Newcastle on Boxing Day and coming back, Wednesday knew they weren't out of the game and kept pushing for a leveller, without really testing Julian Speroni in the Palace goal.

The Owls did get more into the game as the first half wore on, with Marcus Tudgay and Jeffers both having half chances.

And the equaliser came at what should have been just the right time for Wednesday, in somewhat fortunate circumstances just a minute before half-time.

Former Palace man Tom Soares and Tudgay both had shots blocked before Leon Clarke's effort, which looked to have been heading towards the corner flag, was unfortunately put into his own goal by Clint Hill on 44 minutes.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-1 Palace

The goal just before the break understandably lifted Wednesday at the start of the second half, with Clarke having an early effort in the second half, while at the other end Alan Lee came close for Palace.

The game upped a gear in the opening exchanges of the second 45 as both sides looked for a winner, with Wednesday enjoying arguably their best spell of the game possession-wise.

Mark Beevers also came close with a glancing header from a Jeffers cross, before Palace went straight down the other end to bag what turned out the winning goal.

And it came somewhat against the run of play.

The Owls, and in particular Frank Simek, should have dealt with the threat of Andrew as he muscled his way into the box and tucked his effort by Grant to see the visitors regain their advantage.

In reply, the lively Jeffers came close to capitalising on a defensive error from Palace, but Speroni came to the rescue as he rushed out of his goal to thwart the former Everton and Arsenal man.

And that's as good as it got for Wednesday, who failed to mount any kind of pressure on the Londoners' goal in the closing stages, with Speroni relatively untroubled.

Substitute Etienne Esajas had probably the best chance when he came on to the pitch to a dangerous looking free-kick, but couldn't beat the wall as Palace got the danger away in comfortable fashion.

It'll be worrying for Wednesdayites, but a much bigger game lies in wait next weekend in the Championship, with relegation rivals Peterborough United the visitors to Hillsborough.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 2 2010

Time: 5:11PM

Your Comments

it just gets worse
bradford_owl
absolutely pants, although its only the cup could have done with a confidence boost, not looking forward to the peterborough match
barton6435
and worse and worse!!!!! The 1st thing the new manager has to do is to put clarke and tudgay on the transfer list!!! Then he needs to buy a completley new squad!!!! league 1 here we come!!
supersibon
Should have sold Tudders to Burnley when we got the chance, Who is going to invest in the current side, would you ?
owl75
Just gone round in a circle back to the pre-sturrock era need a manager with first division experience now, that's were we are going...
brinsworthowl
disgraceful refereeing aswell!!!
supersibon
and pi$$ poor attendance,think shud let youngsters play for rest of season
ollyowl70
and pi$$ poor attendance,think shud let youngsters play for rest of season
ollyowl70
Get Megson in, played for the club and we cant get any worse
owl75
will he score us goals lol.
ollyowl70
Do ya no, Im sick of the excuses, sick of the ohh its work ethic thats needed. The fact is our players simply aint good enough. Time and time again, excuse after excuse. We have too many players who feel they can sit on a first team position regardless of how well they can be bothered to play cos they know that we dont have the money to replace them. Easy money for players who cant be arsed. How can anyone motivate them when they are in this mind set. They know they cant be replaced so lets just reap the money then bugger off when we can and flee the sinking ship. If I went to work with the attitude these players have I wouldnt last very long, they get paid alot of money to play football and I dont take their lame excuses when us supportes pay good money to support them think and thin and pay their wages. I wish I could be possitive but like us all Im just feeling pretty dejected at the mo and peeved at our team of rejects. I want to be constructive cos I usually am but I cant be. AWFUL !!
stevetheowl
sir warnock does you pigs yet again!! nice 1 son!! ***** ground no fans..but you can survive on back handers from richards and his FA bum chums!!
bladesforlife1889
Sad times for you. It's interesting how much many want Megson despite constant criticism in recent years.
Nellup
bfl=retard
ozzietheowl
I don't want megson.
owlswfc
Its time for you to go Lee youve done nothing for Wednesday since youve been here then you have the cheek to blame Brian Laws and sack him................
Handsworth Owl
Lets do what Crystal Palace do and don't pay the over paided vvankers, then if they don't perform at least they'll get axactly what they are worth nothing - STRAFFORD OUT !!!!!!!
ecco owl
Our players get paid good money and show nothing to our fans who pay there bloody wages i am not going again until things change! Palace have not been paid and still beat us wtf is that about jeffers 10k a week joke! Laws fault dont think so its all at board room level LS go away and leave our club alone done nothing but lie since you got here. We want our wednesday back
bodsy owl
We got no manager, the team aint good enough, Hillsboro is desperate for a revamp, and the crowds are declining. But we amazingly have been selected for 2018 "what an opportunity", but if we dont sort ourselves out we gonna lose it. The bottom line and starting point is we need to clear the debt, cos no one will invest until thats cleared. We need a true blue wednesdayite with that kind of money to clear it. Can you think of anyone that fits the bill Mr STRAFFORD?? Put the money up and reap the rewards of 2018 its going to be massive and theres never been more money in football. Make this club Mighty again!
MightyWednesday
wow, that's a whole lot of complaints. Sadly most have merit. Right let's try and address them so people cannot say websites such as these are not purely negative (though I confess it is difficult to take any positives from yesterday). Firstly and above all, a new manager needs appointing this week. I am going to give no opinion as to who, I had backed Mac but he has only slightly improved things since Laws (we have at least scored). I will say that regardless of who is appointed they will get my support (as ever it will not be unquestioning). Secondly our dwindling attendances. It is a combination of poor performances, poor pricing policy and economic circumstances that is responsible. Times are hard we know, the club made an effort with the prices but got its sums wrong. If the football on the pitch had been worth seeing then these sums may have been right but sadly it is not. As has been said already too many players are not performing. Why is this? Difficult one to answer, Mac (who turned things around once before) is struggling. The quality of payers may be to blame in which case poor old BL may be to blame. BUT these same players showed so much promise last year, what's happened this year. I'll leave that for the new manager. Yes there are players who have consistently underperformed and not earned their wages (no names, wouldn't want to upset anyone), again that's for the new manager. Whoever he is, even if it's Mac, please give him the leeway to by and sell. Trading may be our only option. That means parting with our supposedly better players without complaint. Some sacrifices will have to be made. Unfortunately our chances of parting with the wage vultures may be quite small. Whatever the case the new man will need the whole of January so appoint him this week, monday if possible. Thirdly the stadium will be upgraded, that's taken care of, give praise where it's due for that, well done Mr Chairman. This praise must be tempered with a note of criticism, Lee you took to long in sacking BL, don't take to long in appointing the new guy. New year, new start. A little optimism please folks, we aren't down yet. Lastly BFL, no matter how bad things get at Hillsbrough, not one of us would ever consider watching your lot, some things are beneath us, thankfully the Blunts always will be.
robc
so far from the actuall facts though robc!! look at the league table for the last what 13 years!!!! as for the 2018 bid we all know exactly what happened there and it's nothing less then scandalas and dirty back handers....well done richards you *****!
bladesforlife1889
I knew you'd bring up the table but you could be on top of the Premiership and we at the bottom of the fourth div (or whatever they're calling it) and you blunts would still be beneath us. Form is temporary, class is permanent! UTO
robc
your season just dont get any better does it .
kimbo
it doesnt matter who the next manager will be without any money we will go down......... fact
Handsworth Owl
bfl. Hillsborough is a much better ground than the Lane. You are basing your argument on a recent lick of paint and a hotel. But you can't polish a turd. You make yourself look pathetic with your conspiracy theories.
Radon Barrier
pig force get over it our pitch is better and to have world cup games you need a good pitch fact now get back on your own site. Shearer has now come out said he wants the job please no.but i agfree with that we need someone this week or maybe too late
bodsy owl
 

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