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Carlisle United 3 - Wednesday 1

Brunton Park, Carlisle



Carlisle United 3-1 Wednesday

Wednesday bowed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the northern area semi-final stage with a 3-1 defeat against Carlisle United at a freezing Brunton Park on Tuesday night.

Goals from Francois Zoko, Lubomir Michalik and Ben Marshall put the Cumbrians through, despite a late consolation stirke from Wednesday skipper Darren Purse.

The Owls will turn their attentions to achieving promotion from League One, and also FA Cup duty following the defeat in Cumbria.

It was a game that could have easily have been postponed given the snow on the Brunton Park pitch before kick-off and the freezing conditions for both players and fans alike throughout the match.

But the officials agreed the pitch was fit enough to play on and, following a poor performance which brought a six-game winning run to an end, Wednesday will look to put the competition firmly to bed and focus on the more important issue of points in the league at Swindon Town this weekend.

Owls boss Alan Irvine made just the one change to the side that beat Northampton Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Jermaine Johnson handed a start in place of Gary Teale.

And Wednesday made a bright start, seeing claims for a penalty when Chris Sedgwick was felled by Tom Cruise inside the box fall on deaf ears early on.

Gary Madine had Carlisle's first chance when he forced Owls stopper into a neat save, while at the other end Neil Mellor sent a chance wide following good link-up play between him and strike partner Clinton Morrison.

Chances were few and far between, mainly down to the poor playing conditions at Brunton Park, but the hosts broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark.

A Madine cross found its way to Zoko, who steered his header beyond Weaver and into the back of the net to give the hosts the advantage.

The goal clearly lifted the hosts, but Wednesday kept pressing for a leveller before half-time and Sedgwick issued the best reply with an effort which flew across the face of the goal.

The Owls suffered another blow just before half-time when top-scorer Neil Mellor was forced to leave the field on a stretcher following a challenge with Michalik.

Play was held up for five minutes before Mellor departed, and was replaced by Gary Teale, which Johnson moving up to partner Morrison in attack.

It was a sign that Irvine could have possibly rested some of his key players in a competition which isn't high up on the priority list this season.

Half-Time: Carlisle 1-0 Wednesday

The next goal was always going to be crucial in the contest and Wednesday came flying out of the traps in the second half.

Flying, as in literally for Johnson, who burst into the Carlisle box immediately after the restart and seemed to be hauled down by the home goalkeeper, only for the Wednesday appeals to be waved away for a second time in the match.

JJ was Wednesday's biggest threat and he almost got through on goal again not long after only to be thwarted by a fine, late challenge by Michalik inside the box.

Carlisle got back on a level footing though after Wednesday's fine start to the second half and Weaver had to be alert to deny Marshall.

But from the resulting corner the hosts doubled their lead to all-but seal their progression to the area final.

Berrett's corner-kick found loanee Michalik, who powered his header into the back of the net to double Carlisle's lead.

Wednesday seemingly threw in the towel following the second goal, with Weaver having to produce a strong of fine saves to stop the hosts from adding a third.

But his efforts proved in vein as Marshall smashed in the Cumbrians' third in the 70th minute to secure the victory and make it a long and miserable trip for Alan Irvine's men.

There was time for Purse to grab a consolation when he headed in Tommy Millers' corner-kick, but it was too little too late from the visitors.

It was a poor performance and a bad defeat for Wednesday, but there won't be too many alarm bells ringing following the exit in a competition which Wednesdayites, and Irvine, judging by team selections, weren't too bothered about.

Full-Time: Carlisle 3-1 Wednesday

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 30 2010

Time: 10:11PM

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fecking hell, i was looking forward to a trip to wembley more than promotion. Mellor might be buggered too, what a w*nk night. i didnt go to wembley in 91 or 93, im desperate to go. this really has p*ss*d me right off.
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30/11/2010 22:46:00

Well pardon me if i don't agree with that last paragraph Nick, but we should want to win every game we play, i said after the home game with Carlisle that this manager was not the one to take us back up, and nothing has changed my mind, his style of football boring, inept,negative. Milan Mandric's please get rid of this imposter who calls himself a football coach, before it's too late. Strong words i know but this is how i feel, this will not get the crowds back at Hillsborough, it will drive them away.
ecco owl
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30/11/2010 23:02:00

Well, it wasn't ever going to be Mission Impossible for Carlisle, was it...
Auckland Owl
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01/12/2010 00:43:00

I'd take a league win over this anytime so hopefully Alan and co. can produce the goods on Saturday.
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01/12/2010 00:59:00

Anyone know the outcome on mellor? As much as we'd of liked a trip to wembley I don't think he he should of played mellor! The leagues more important and should rested mellor for this weekend!
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01/12/2010 06:20:00

Our winning streak had to end at some stage, and i would prefer it to end in the cup, than in the league. Now the loss is out of the way, let get another 6 wins in a row. PS: All gone quite on the Manadric front, i know he has to wait until the EGM, but I assume he has paid the HMRC, anyone know?
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01/12/2010 08:06:00

Great point owl 1 you cant win em all but as many league gqames as possible has to be the priority ecco I can see your point but who is out there at the moment. who would be dedicated remeber AI took the role with no money. sometimes its got to be scrappy and boring in league 1 and like i said you cant win em all mate
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01/12/2010 09:19:00

agree with last few comments. lets get this in perspective we need to get promoted at all costs. out of the 2 cup competitions I would prefer to progress in the FA Cup. whilst I want us to win every match this is the one I would have picked to lose if there had to be one. even if we had got to wembley and won so what? this is a competition for teams who live in the 3rd and 4th divisions and the sooner our name is free from being associated with these footballing back waters the better! i want to be beating the best teams in the land to win competitions not cups created to give small clubs a bit of fun
Hirsty's Shinpads
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01/12/2010 10:25:00

so what? it would have been a great day out, some people would like that. i actually think after the last few months it would have been great for the club and supporters to have a really positive day out. oh well, a promotion party will have too do (hopefully). back to the proper stuff at the weekend, be nice to start another 6 or 7 game unbeaten run in the league, we was 14 points behind brighton at one point, only 6 now so its time to start putting proper pressure on the teams above.
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01/12/2010 11:16:00

i know what you're saying Dezzy but I desperately want that promotion party most!
Hirsty's Shinpads
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01/12/2010 14:06:00

just the FA cup/league 1 double this year then? agree with dezzyp a day out at wembley would've been brilliant - wembely bosses must be gutted too, they would've loved us to get to final and fill the place... leagues the priority though, is heffernan finaly gonna get his chance now that mellors done his ankle and tudgays gone?
Patrick Blondeau
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01/12/2010 14:18:00


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