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Wednesday 0 - Huddersfield 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

02/11/10 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 20,540

Wednesday 0-2 Huddersfield

Wednesday were outclassed by promotion rivals Huddersfield Town at a windy and rain-soaked Hillsborough in npower League One on Tuesday night.

First-half goals from Graham Carey and Anthony Pilkington proved enough for the Terriers, who didn't need to get out of second gear to see off the threat of Alan Irvine's Owls.

Another lacklustre display left Wednesdayites leaving S6 disappointed once again and booing a side who gave little in the way of entertainment value and any hope of promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The defeat sees Wednesday slide down to tenth in the table while the Terriers maintain second spot.

The Owls made three changes to the side that lost at Charlton at the weekend with Darren Purse returning from suspension to replace Tommy Spurr while Jermaine Johnson and Chris Sedgwick both returned in place of Gary Teale and Tommy Miller.

Wednesday wanted a strong start to the match following Saturday's setback at The Valley but it was the Terriers who made the brighter start.

Jordan Rhodes was always going to be one of Town's dangermen, alongside Pilkington, and he almost made contact with a dangerous cross early on as Town came flying out of the traps.

Marcus Tudgay looked to respond for Wednesday when he sent a looping header onto the roof of the net but it was the visitors who continued to look the stronger in the opening exchanges.

Rhodes came even closer when he lashed a powerful low effort by Weaver which came crashing back off the woodwork in front of the healthy following from Huddersfield in the Leppings Lane end.

Lee Clark's men looked more determined, focussed and sharp than their hosts all over the pitch early on - something which Clark will have no doubt been quick to drill into his men.

And they were rewarded with the opener on 23 minutes when Carey struck a sweet free-kick beyond Weaver and into the back of the net.

One of the few positives for Wednesdayites was the welcome return of winger Jermaine Johnson for his first league start of the season.

The Jamaican, who missed the weekend outing at Charlton due to personal reasons, looked to make an impression in his first Hillsborough outing of the campaign and was causing Huddersfield the most problems with his pace.

And he came close to levelling as the half progressed but saw a shot well saved by Town stopper Ian Bennett after beating two defenders.

It should have given Wednesday the boost to continue forward in search of an equaliser but instead the visitors went straight down the other end to double their advantage.

Rhodes was involved again, sweeping forward with the ball before feeding the on-song Pilkington, who struck a sweet effort around Weaver for Town's second.

The visitors were cruising and they could have had a third before half-time but Rhodes fired inches wide of goal.

Wednesday were struggling and couldn't wait for the half-time whistle to come so they could regroup.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-2 Huddersfield

The Owls made a double change at half-time with Clinton Morrison and James O'Connor replacing Marcus Tudgay and Darren Potter respectively.

And the changes almost worked a treat for Irvine as first O'Connor tested Bennett with a low shot before Morrison was also in the thick of the action when he came close to connecting to a teasing cross from Johnson.

To Wednesday's credit they did improve in the second half, but then again they couldn't get much worse from their first-half showing.

The visitors looked relaxed on their lead, and although the hosts did test Bennett more often on the resumption he wasn't too far out of his comfort zone.

Johnson flashed an effort wide as the Owls continued to look for their breakthrough but it didn't come.

Nicky Weaver was a spectator for much of the second period although Rhodes did come close to adding a third for the visitors late on.

Clark's men didn't need to do much though and it was a case of job done, with Wednesday's early second-half pressure fading pretty quickly and Town happy on their 2-0 advantage.

A bad night was made worse for the hosts with eight minutes to go when Johnson pulled up with a hamstring problem and, with the Owls already having made all three substitutions, they had to finish the game with ten men.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-2 Huddersfield




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 3 2010

Time: 12:43AM

Your Comments

Absolutley disgusting, a joke and so glad were not a selling club anymore, and we turned down 2.5 mil for tudgay, the goal machine, shambles Ai needs to go take the deduction in points, and go again next year! I could go on and on, but like the players I can't be arsed anymore!
OWL25
What a f*****g absoloute shower of s**t.What the hell is going on with our team.Withthis team A I assembled in the summer we should f*****g walk this division.For God sake look at the names on our strike force,they should be 15 goals a season lads.I just dont know what to say anymore,nothing changes week in and week out.Now is the time for the take over to happen or go into administration and lets just start again.Maybe A I has run out of ideas? I just dont know anymore.(Bring back Wilko to shake up the changing room i think, and get palying football.In this division a team with our ability should not be getting draws let alone lossing 3 points week in and week out.
garrymo
I sick of AI commenting on a poor 1st half and better 2nd half. The damage has already been done, teams can sit back and let wednesday play in the 2nd half when their 2-0 up and not being troubled at the back. AI needs to get the team fired up from the 1st whistle.
WorksopsNumber1
was there last night they had no ideas we made them look good our defence was none exsistent apart from buxton who did to me put in a shift felt sorry for him as for the others they should play them in the reserves to sharpen up a bit and bring them down to earth. I am sorry to say but AI as to go is style of play is to defencive and tries to hit on the break, we will never get another manager like atkinson & francis who to me played good football which we have not seen since they went
Owlet
Does tudgay have it is his contract to play every game? its the only reason i can think of why he's not benched. He's not alone though, very few turned up last night.....again. Im dreading rochdale coming to town, like huddersfield, they will play us off the park. Southport on saturday? jesus christ, humiliation live on national tv. Balls to it now, November 17th, Administration, out with the old board, in with the new and the old can take irvine with them.
DEZZYP
Oh, if you havent heard, the takeover has collapsed, thanks Mundie and friends for a big ****ing waste of time.
DEZZYP
absolute disgrace worst team i've ever seen no threat at all we was scared of hudders aloud um to much space really dont know what the answer is but irvine is running out of time
retfordowl1867
"I'm bitterly dissapointed" - I am fed up of AI starting his post match interviews in this way. When did we last score a goal? It is pitiful. I travelling all the way from Preston to watch this game. AI - shake the team up and make changes - how about playing a midfield that can win the ball? Change is required and go down fighting - not wimpering!! Get into adminstration now - I see the likes of Dave Allen are now suddenly very worried that they will loose all of their loans!
bluedog
very little to say because it has all been said before and we are still playing the same system. until someone other than tudgay is selected up front we will not threaten enough. i heard irvine on the radio the other day saying heffernan wasn't picked cos he hasn't scored any goals but tudgay keeps his place even though he doesn't score either. yes i know he's got 4 goals but 2 were penalties under no pressure cos the results were already sealed, one was a rebound off a missed pen leaving only the goal at notts county as a bona fide effort in 18 appearances. it sounds like i'm getting at tudgay but to be fair i do rate him, just not up front
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