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Plymouth Argyle 3 - Wednesday 2

Home Park, Plymouth

18/09/10 - 3pm

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Plymouth 3-2 Wednesday

WEDNESDAY'S woeful form continued in League One as they fell to defeat in a five-goal thriller against ten-man Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.

Carl Fletcher, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Craig Noone bagged the goals for Argyle, who were reduced to ten-men on the stroke of half-time when Bondz N'Gala was given his marching orders for a foul on Neil Mellor.

James O'Connor had levelled for the Owls before half-time before Tommy Miller hit a response for a second-time shortly after his second-half introduction but it wasn't enough as Noone's strike proved to be the winner in an entertaining game.

The defeat sends Wednesday down to eleventh in the league table and will put some major questions marks above the Owls' desire to achieve automatic promotion this season.

Owls boss Alan Irvine made two changes to the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Carlisle United last weekend.

Striker Neil Mellor returned in attack following a bout of illness to replace Clinton Morrison, who dropped to the bench, while James O'Connor came into the Owls' midfield, replacing Gary Teale. O'Connor partnered Darren Potter in the centre of the midfield, while Giles Coke moved out to the wing in the absence of Teale.

Wednesday started positively and forced two early corners but neither troubled the Argyle defence, while Mellor forced a powerful header a foot wide of the target.

Peter Reid's men also had a good early chance through defender Krisztian Timar in the end-to-end opening exchanges but he failed to trouble Nicky Weaver in the Wednesday goal.

Argyle upped a gear as the ten-minute mark approached and Bradley Wright-Phillips forced Weaver into a good save following some good pressure from the hosts.

The hosts were taking control of the contest in terms of chances and possession and Craig Noone fired an effort which came inches wide of giving Plymouth the lead.

An opening goal was looking likely for Argyle and it came after 19 minutes when skipper Carl Fletcher fired a low shot from outside the box which flew by Weaver into the back of the net.

Wednesday were sloppy in their passing and struggled to threaten the Plymouth goal in the first 30 minutes as the hosts sat relatively comfortably on their lead.

The attacks from the visitors were rare but with Wednesday's first real threat of the match came their leveller out of nothing.

It wasn't deserved on the balance of play but O'Connor wasn't complaining as he forced his header down on to the ground and into the side netting for his third goal of the season.

Wednesday had been poor up until the goal but grew in confidence after getting on level terms and Potter fired a powerful effort way wide of Romain Larrieu's goal minutes later.

Wednesday's chances of turning the game around were given a boost just minutes before half-time when Plymouth's Bondz N'Gala was sent off in controversial fashion.

N'Gala looked to have hauled down Neil Mellor en-route to goal and although the referee didn't see the foul, the assistant did and called the man in the middle over before giving N'Gala his marching orders to the dismay of the home supporters.

Half-Time: Plymouth 1-1 Wednesday

Wednesday will have been keen to play a more attacking style on the resumption given their man advantage but they made the worst possible start to the second half.

Argyle came flying out of the traps and regained the lead just a minute after the restart when Wright-Phillips headed home a Noone cross to the delight of the home support.

And they didn't sit back on their lead as Wright-Phillips came close to doubling his tally for the afternoon with an effort which drifted just wide of goal.

It looked more like the Owls were the team with ten men and not Argyle, who continued to look the more dangerous team.

The visitors continued to struggle creating chances at the other end but Tommy Spurr did break free to provide a cross which just evaded Marcus Tudgay.

Wednesday made a double change 18 minutes into the second half as they looked for a way back into the game with Miller and Morrison coming on to replace Potter and Sedgwick respectively.

And the changes almost worked immediately when Tudgay forced Larrieu into a fine save to divert the effort away for a corner.

They did pay off with 15 minutes to go when super-substitute Miller volleyed a superb effort into the top corner to level for a second time for the Owls.

But, after bringing former Owl Steve Maclean on in place of Wright-Phillips, Argyle hit back less than two minutes later to regain the lead for a third time in the match.

Wednesday had been poor at the back throughout the match and they were made to pay again when Noone turned from provider to goalscorer with a headed effort from a James Paterson cross.

The Owls made their third and final change when Spurr was replaced by Daniel Jones as Wednesday looked for a more attacking threat.

Morrison had a half chance to level for a third time for Wednesday when he broke the offside trap but couldn't find the back of the net as the Owls continued to frustrate.

Captain Darren Purse also came inches wide of levelling from a set-piece but his effort went the wrong side of the post as the visitors pushed forward.

But the Owls couldn't find their way back into the game before the end and deserved all they got from the game.

Full-Time: Plymouth 3-2 Wednesday




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Date:Saturday September 18 2010

Time: 5:05PM

Your Comments

WTF is going on? Disgusting, some one needs to step up and tell the fans wots happening and I don't mean a half arsed letter neither HW !!!!
OWL25
You can't win the league in the first ten games but you can play yourself out of contention. Rapid shaping up to be like Chris Turner's first season in League 1.......promising start, but found out very quickly. Sootuhampton next week I think? Hardly looking forward to that. I'd give AI three more games and if there is no improvement, get shut. It's League 1 FFS, we've got the second highest budget and we're playing like complete tools. I'm ashamed and embarrased to be a Wednesdayite right now. (Edit - with no money to pay off his contract, that's not going to happen). Another fine mess.
The Owler
What is it with us and constant boardroom strife and with managers who are afraid to make team changes. On the pitch we lack some energy. pace and creativity. Some team changes need to be made. I'd also like to see some of the youngsters get a chance at some point during the season. Letting Simek go is looking like a costly mistake. C'mon Wednesday pick it up! *WTID*
WhoNeedsKaka
this is absoloute f****** B***** and a discrace ,and i am being nice with my words.I know there is a lot going on behind the scene at Hillsborough but that does not and should not effect these idots we pay week in and week out to see.Look at the size of our club and our following week in and week out.And we have to watch clubs with the standard of our second string turning us over week in and week out,with a following of 3000 per game.They should treat these idots like we get treated at work,three warnings and your sacked.I would give everyone one of these people that wear our shirt with passion as they say a final writtern warning,then sack em from next week. With a club the size of ours and the quality of big names we have in our side a draw is not exceptable in this league let alone getting turned over three times on the spin.Tudgay,Morrison,Mellor,hefferman,could not hit a barn door between them.
garrymo
Same old *****, different league!!
will it ever happen
as now we cant win, and the board have no clue to run a business..they need too put hands up and put us finally in adminastration, we've lost 9 points in 3 games and another 10 aint gonna hurt us, once we get out of debt and get rid off those idiots who sit on there arse getting paid shed loads (dont they realise..no fans,,,no pay!!!) im losing the love for my team, and like all off us, now is the time too bring our support and fight!!!
lmcowls
Absolute disgrace.
CLIFFANDJ
Big and I mean big protest and let them hear our anger, why should people pay good hard earnt cash to those fxxxxxg cxxts on the board, I didn't want us to go into admin but seems like the best thing now! Give AI a few more games if no change get shut! Why is it so hard being a Wednesday fan?
OWL25
And even worse they played the whole 2nd half with 10 men and did we take advantage did we f***.Never a dull moment being a Wednesdayite.
ollyowl70
It is now time for the fans to have a say. Boycott the next home match.
Handsworth Owl
disgrace what was happening at the back today shambolic starting to lose intrest rapidly eleven *****ers have ruined my first day on holiday thanx guys
retfordowl1867
Dont hold back retfordowl1867 lol
ollyowl70
think teale, sedgewick and morrison are pasted sell by date and as a team we've been cr-p since getting purse, AI won't change the team has to many favourites, fans have to do something because we keep getting sh-t on week in, and season after season.
tommy craig
Something has to change, and change quickly, as to what that is I really do not know, none of us really know what is going on behind the scenes and we are told nothing, HWs statement told us nothing we did not know, where is the vision for the future, we all know we have debts, so where is the business plan to reduce them, not good enough from the club I love, we as hard working predominently working class people who spend our hard earned money to endure this, we support our club and sing our hearts out for the team, we all deserve so much more than not only the poor performances but the sheer disregard the board have for us by their silence. I will support this club until I die, but just starting to feel a little drained of passion for it now, if the club loose this from the loyal support then there is a serious problem, attendances will dwindle, resulting in reduced revenue, we have a serious problem but the board must know that, what is more important to them, their indivual gain or that of the club!!!
Donny Owl
Before you start chelping, i come in peace!!! - what a change 3 games can make....you need to back the club and the manager, carn't believe some of you are wanting irvine out, you lot were so confident and full of it before the last 3 games...lol....regardless of the board back the players and the manager and stop all the silly comments. If irvine goes who the hell are you going to bring in? what effect will it have on the players?..yes you are league 1 and rivalry to one side you have one of the best squads in the division. for me there is only huddersfield and southampton who are on par with you lot squad wise this season but you need to back them,,,,,,forget about the board, yes they are a bunch of low lives but they are there and for whatever reason are sitting there quite happy.....don't forget it was this so called shocking board that invested very heavily in the relegated sqaud this summer to give you an instant return to the championship. A lot of boards would have sold off all their star assets....you have only sold grant and strengthened heavily....This is a reality check to league 1 and for many of you who thought this was going to be a push over league. 3 gams gone and 3 defeats doesn't signal the end of the season!! for me irvin had enough time to turn things around last season but struggled under difficult situations....back your club, forget about the board and stop these crazy off the cuff comment. it is early days the league means nothing yet. For me you will finish in the top 6 at least, i don't think you have enough to finish as champions but second place is very much achievable with the money spent on the squad in the summer in terms of league 1 wages on playes and keeping everyone apart from grant!! stop moaning and back the club carn't say it enough!!
bladesforlife1889
Well I can't believe it, bfl has posted one of the best comments I've seen on here recently! Always good to get someone on the outside commenting on the club. I agree re: Irvine and backing him and the team. Can't say the same for the board though mate, they need to go ASAP
pob
Look! we all feel fed up (to put it politely) with the poor form on the pitch and all the embarrassing goings on off the pitch, but we need to keep faith in the team and manager. Don't get me wrong. I moan about the team and certain manager selections but thats just part of the reason we love football (we all think we could do the managers job better). Times are dark for Wednesdayites as they are for many other clubs but we need to hold on to the hope that one day we'll be packed into Hillsborough watching our team play premier league football hopefully along side the Blades. Thats what we all want STEEL CITY derbies in the promise land.... So come on people lets not jump on their (team&manager) backs but get behind them and encourage them. For once BFL speaks some sense, I hope I don't end up eating these words but just keep faith UTO WTID
Owlsmad
well said mate that's what us football fans all dream off...and it will happen maybe with united first but eventually i can see sheffield derbys in the premiership....won't have the same feeling to it though when im 94 can only see with one eye and my zimmer in hand...lol....pod and owlsmad are right you have to stick by the players and the manager....least we had a dam good reason for demanding nobson and blackwell out....for me irvine has done nothing wrong and the board have backed the manager this summer in a way that no one expected!!! yes there are big off field problems but save it for after the match....my advise to you lot is get it that bloody car park and get those shoes off......we are living proof that it works mirricles!!! lol.
bladesforlife1889
BLFL what have you taken? (Are you Wednesday in disguise lol).I have read two articles from you and they are so true and clear to see.(You know you want to cross the divide lol)
garrymo
my best mate and best man at my wedding is a huge wendyite...we have banter ever weekend and yesterday was a good one for me!!...we have said many of times it would be great to support the same team but it will never happen...we now have 2 boys between us who are currently in the process of been brain washed my little lad is 4 and my mates little lad is 3 and they both call each other 'little piggies'....not good i know but it has to be done!! ha ha
bladesforlife1889
christ it bad enough being a blade and we are in a much better position and state as a club than you lot...can you imagine if i was a wendy fan....jesus i'd never get out of bed through depression!! lol
bladesforlife1889
I have to say... I think Irvine is tactically inept!!! This is a better squad than last year on paper and he has been backed with bringing in new players. Start delivering Alan and the team or things will get a whole lot worse.
jamesc1905
i'll stick to my original prediction...If you are in the top 6 at xmas than and think you will go up automatically...If you are outside the top 6 then i think you will have to settle for a playoff off place. I carn't see wendy losing to anyone in the playoffs unless you totally lose your bottle like us on the big stage, which you normally tend to up you game..whatever i do think wendy will get promoted this season. On paper and providing you can keep the squad together and no one is sold off in january because of your bad financialy difficulties...then i reckon you will get promoted....However i did think that about united after we got relegated the season after and signed sharp and beattie and look where that got us!!
bladesforlife1889
 

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