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Wednesday 0-1 Southampton

0 - 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

25/09/10 - 3pm

Attendance: 18,198


WEDNESDAY's terrible league form continued on Saturday as Lee Barnard's 61st-minute strike gave Nigel Adkins' Southampton three points to inflict a fourth straight defeat on the Owls.

Barnard's goal ended a run of five games without a goal for the Saints and heaped more pressure on Wednesday boss Alan Irvine as the Owls slipped down to 14th in npower League One.

The visitors were well worthy of their victory with Nicky Weaver being much the busier goalkeeper throughout the 90 minutes.

Wednesday had their moments but couldn't breakthrough the Saints defence and left the field to a chorus of booing following another below-par performance on home soil.

Irvine promised changes to the side that fell to defeat against ten-man Plymouth last time out and he did make two, with Daniel Jones coming in for Tommy Spurr at left-back, and Gary Teale coming back into the side at the expense of Chris Sedgwick.

But it could, and probably should, have been more given the lacklustre showing from most of the Owls' XI - strikers Clinton Morrison and Paul Heffernan will definitely be wondering what it takes to get a starting role, while Darren Potter and James O'Connor will probably be very lucky to retain their starting shirt for Tuesday night's home clash against Oldham Athletic.

Both sides were pre-season favourites for promotion to the Championship but both had endured torrid starts to the campaign, with Alan Pardew leaving the south coast club to allow Nigel Adkins to become boss.

And Saints came into the game with no goals and just one point to show from their last five outings.

But with the arrival of a new manager usually comes new belief for a side, and it was Saints who made the brighter start as they looked for a first win under the former Scunthorpe United boss to get their campaign up and running.

Barnard was first to test Weaver just nine minutes in after getting in behind the Wednesday defence, while Jason Puncheon then came close as the Owls were sluggish out of the traps.

Wednesday struggled to show any creativity in the early exchanges and their first real threat on Kelvin Davies' goal came from a set-piece when Potter fired inches wide.

As the first-half progressed the number of chances increased but it was still Southampton who were looking the more likely to break the deadlock as Barnard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came close for the visitors.

James O'Connor tested Davies with a header straight into the stopper's arms from a Gary Teale corner while Neil Mellor forced the Southampton number one into a save when he capitalised on some slack Saints defending.

The Owls perhaps enjoyed their best spell of the match as half-time approached, with a number of corners and some pressure on the Southampton goal while attacking the Kop end.

But they couldn't turn their chances and possession into goals, and it was Weaver at the other end who was worked the harder when he had to be alert to deny Rickie Lambert.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Southampton

Irvine was forced to take skipper Darren Purse off with an injury at half-time, Jon Otsemobor coming on to replace his former club at right-back while Lewis Buxton moved to partner Mark Beevers in the heart of the Wednesday defence.

And despite the change Wednesday came out in the second half having upped their attacking gear.

Giles Coke, having a relatively quiet game in comparison to his rapid start in a blue and white shirt, tested Davies with a long-range effort which flew straight into his hands.

But the hosts couldn't build on their fine start and allowed Southampton slowly back into the game.

The visitors always looked the more likely to open the scoring, despite their latest goalscoring problems, and they got their rewards just after the hour mark when Barnard netted what was to be the winning goal.

Wednesday caused their own downfall, a familiar tale this season, when a sloppy ball by Buxton allowed Barnard to nip in and take the ball round Weaver before slotting into the net in front of the Kop.

It marked the start of a meltdown in confidence by Wednesday, not aided, although justified, by a chorus of booing from the majority of the 18,000-plus inside S6.

It could have been 2-0 just minutes later when substitute Adam Lallana came close to finding the back of the net for the Saints.

At 1-0, Wednesday were always in with a chance of getting something from the game, although weather that would have been justified is another thing, and Irvine brought Clinton Morrison on for Potter and Tommy Miller in for Teale.

The changes did little to change the flow of the game though and although Tudgay saw a header come crashing back off the woodwork when a lot of those inside Hillsborough thought the ball had found the back of the net, Wednesday couldn't find a way back into the game.

And the Saints hung on relatively comfortably to secure a morale-boosting win and leave Wednesday desperately needing one of their own to get any hopes of promotion back on the right track.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Southampton

Date:Sunday September 26 2010
Time: 7:22PM

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The stats show that the game was a bit closer than that. In fact our keeper kept us in front with three brilliant saves two right at the end. I still think you will soon come out of your run and be up there at or near the top come the end of the season.
SFC Forever
26/09/2010 19:57:00
Iv'e just watched the embarrasing clip of HW fronting up to the morons on YOUTUBE> i'd like to apologise to him for the abuse dished out by the morons masquerading as supporters. I respect HW for the effort he's putting in to try and move the club forward and I know he has SWFC at heart. Please don't let some idiots with no brain cells deflect you from helping our great club to move forward. WTID
Whitham's Jockstrap
26/09/2010 20:12:00
Whitham's, I've always said you can't reason with stupidity.
26/09/2010 20:33:00
just watched it, wilko must wonder why he bloody bothers. fair play to him for coming out and speaking, shame it was a group of retards. as for the game, dire, yet again. was going to go against oldham on tuesday but forget that, im not driving for 90 minutes to watch that. oh, i'll give somebody a fiver if they give that little kid screaming at wilko a clip round the ear....little fecker.
26/09/2010 21:55:00
There's ways of doing things, but can you blame those folk for there outbursts, no and I dare say yourselves can neither, tje anger should be directed at the real culprits not HW but really hand on my heart there just passionate and sick of watching that shxxe over and over again!
26/09/2010 22:32:00
absolute rubbish, we're gonna end up fighting relegation at this rate, last year. good start- lost some games- mid table- relegation battle. must win game tuesday...
26/09/2010 23:38:00
Did i hear right on youtube that Wilko said the board was resigning?
27/09/2010 00:32:00
if screaming abuse at an old man who's the one person trying to help is classed as passion, then there is something wrong with the world. i never thought id ever be ashamed of being an owls supporter, but thanks to a bunch of retarded monkeys, i am.
27/09/2010 00:37:00
Here here Dezzyp,they ask for them to come out then dont want to listen to wot they av to say,Wilko made me laugh wen asking the lad who was saying its ***** to come forward and explain took his hood down lol.
27/09/2010 00:43:00
Just watched the 11 min version of HW after the game, it really does hit home the state the club is in and the severity of the situation, I agree with HW in that we should be getting behind the club and showing our continued support to ensure we have a club for the future, but this has to be a two way thing and as fans we need to know what we are supporting and who, if the club want our support the club should be honest and open with how we got to this situation, where has the Grant money gone, why has the debt increased when we have spent very little for a decade but kept good attendances, how much do we owe, other than the bank who else do we owe money to and on what terms, these questions have never been answered and as fans we do not understand why our club has declined for a decade, if we understood and knew the facts I for 1 would feel happier parting with my money if I understood where my money was going, is it into the club or lining individuals pockets, after a decade of doing so and will be doing so on Tuesday, these questions need answering or fans will not come, a decade of decline and getting worse, come on be honest with the ones who deserve better than this. Rant over, Come on Wednesday play your hearts out this week.
Donny Owl
27/09/2010 00:48:00
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