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Exeter City 5 - Wednesday 1

St James' Park, Exeter

18/12/10 - 3pm

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Exeter City 5-1 Wednesday

THE OWLS came crashing back down to earth with a bang as they suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at Exeter City in the only game to beat the weather in npower League One on Saturday.

Jamie Cureton scored a brace while Liam Sercombe, Scott Golbourne and John O'Flynn made it a famous five for the hosts as Wednesday emphatically missed out on the chance to top the league table.

Tommy Miller had levelled for the Owls in the first half, but it was all Exeter in a second half to forget for Alan Irvine and his men.

The defeat came just a week after Wednesday demolished Bristol Rovers 6-2 at Hillsborough to move up to second in the table.

Wednesday stuck with the same starting eleven that saw off the Pirates in emphatic fashion last time out. Neil Mellor did return following a spell of the sidelines through injury, but he was only fit enough for a place on the bench.

But they couldn't carry on where they left off as both sides cancelled each other out in an even opening which brought no chances for either side in front of goal.

Both sides were passing the ball well on what has to be said a good pitch following the wintry weather, but it took a bit of magic from Jermaine Johnson to carve out the first chance on goal.

The Jamaican, so influential in Wednesday's win over the Pirates last week, used his pace to burst through on goal and fire a powerful low effort just wide of Artur Krysiak's goal in the sixth minute.

The Grecians offered an immediate reply when Ryan Harley tested Owls stopper Nicky Weaver just minutes later with a long-range shot which was comfortably saved.

Liam Sercombe also tested the Owls stopper as Exeter built some momentum but chances in the early exchanges were at a premium.

But the game burst into life around the half-hour mark as Jamie Cureton, Vital's one-to-watch, fired Exeter ahead.

The experienced striker produced a fine finish in the 29th minute when Mark Beevers failed to clear a Richard Duffy cross.

But they hardly had time to catch their breath before the Owls got back on level terms within a minute, in controversial circumstances.

Tommy Spurr did well to produce a cross for Miller to drill in from close range, the linesman deeming the ball to have crossed the line despite appeals from the Exeter defence.

Clinton Morrison and Johnson both had half-chances to turn the game on its head and fire the Owls ahead before half-time.

But the hosts, too, carved out some opportunities to test Weaver in the latter stages of the first-half.

Half-Time: Exeter 1-1 Wednesday

The midfield battle continued at the start of the second half, with few chances at either end.

If anything, the hosts looked slightly more dangerous in their attacks but it was always going to take a moment of magic to find the back of the net again.

It came just before the hour mark when Sercombe produced a sublime finish to beat Weaver from 25 yards and put the Grecians back in front.

He chested the ball down at the edge of the box and gave the Owls stopper no chance with a brilliant volley.

Wednesday introduced Neil Mellor from the bench in reply, Chris Sedgwick making way and Johnson moving back to midfield to allow Mellor to partner Clinton Morrison in attack.

It did little to change the flow of the game though and the hosts extended their lead just minutes later.

Visibly lifted by the second goal, the hosts pushed forward and edged further ahead as the Owls completely collapsed in defence.

It was a goal that could, and should, have been avoided - unlike the previous goal - but Wednesday highlighted their defensive problems as Scott Golbourne produced the finish to make it 3-1.

Johnson tried to get Wednesday back into it with a long-range effort.

But the Owls were down and out and Exeter took full advantage as Cureton bagged his second with 20 minutes to go to all-but seal the points for the hosts.

And Wednesday's nightmare day was complete in the closing stages when John O'Flynn made it 5-1 to the Grecians.

Full-Time: Exeter 5-1 Wednesday




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 18 2010

Time: 5:00PM

Your Comments

I'm so annoyed i'm posting this again in the right place!! THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING!! This is twice in 3 weeks we've cocked this kind of opportnity up!! That Maximo Park song 'Apply Some Pressure' springs to mind!! Good effort to all those fans who made the long trip!!
Owls That!
disgraceful what has happened 2day awful defense is just shocking !
retfordowl1867
5 - 1 against Exeter has to be one of the worst defeats ever and i've been a supporter 45 years, the defence has been bad ever since we signed Purse, and Beavers and Spurr have gone backwards.
tommy craig
WTF! This shud not be happening to a club like ours with the players we have.
ollyowl70
Abosolute disgrace our defending today,school boy errors.Looks like last weeks praise n efforts went to the $hitter.
ollyowl70
I said for a long time Purse and Beavers must go maybe Spurr too weak in my oppinion,use this January window and bring in 2 quality defenders or Purse and co will continue to drop ********* !!!
dicanio1974
Disgraceful
owlswfc
Really, really bad news. Looks like the lads got a bit high on their horses after last week. AI and captain's gotta keep a cap on that. This might help decide who we try to bring in in Jan. transfer window. A team like ours should NEVER give up points like this. Shameful...
Colorado Owl
A very timely reminder of action needed during the transfer window. Last week's result against Bristol could have too easily disguised the fact that the defence badly needs new recruits. If today's result leads to action then it won't seem too bad at the end of the season.
Prestonowl
We can't win every game, but a being battered is disgraceful, let's just hope it's a blip!
OWL25
Mad aint the right work. It's 11:10 pm just crawled into Birmingham New Street via train, no way of getting home. Told to go to Customer services at station cos there's no trains going anywhere.Thoroughly hacked off!! Bet all the players are bloody home and dry! Such priveleges these players have and to put in a display like that, I can't even try to put into words. Look out Tranmere!! I fear a backlash for you!
tarnyowl
im not happy, we have the best squad in the league by a mile, but we sit 2nd and every1 has games in hand, these would send us to 10th, 11th. irvine has to go! he had enough rescources to keep us up last year and failed, and we should be romping this league, yet we sit 2nd and the teams with games in hand could send us into the bottom half!!! its not good enough! im glad i cant go for 4 years because this is shambolic
smiggyswfc
lets give exeter credit they knew wednesday wouldn't fancy this trip just like carlile did they took there chances we were rubbish a real wake up call if we want promotion we must be up for every game where ever it is and what ever the conditions.
beverley owl
lost 8 out of 21, thats over a third of our games we have lost, in my eyes thats too many wake up calls. it says a lot about this league that we are still 2nd, for now anyway.
DEZZYP
Rubbish. I blame Purse the bloke is a clown was an awful signing until he goes expect the defence to be all over the place. Another xmas where we pick up nothing. IRVINE be ware Mandaric will not like what happend yesterday at all.
jamesc1905
Time for a leader at the back, ****** obviously not up to job. Dispite a drop in divisions and lower quality opposition he just aint up to it. Personally think we need two center backs (of pedigree) in january ! Solid at the back = Solid base to go forward !
INOUTFLS
Cat reference/play on words above ! Purse !
INOUTFLS
Dezzyp your spot on, last seasons champions Norwich lost 9 games,runners up Leeds lost 10, season before Leicester 4 , Peterboro 9, and season before that, Swansea 8, Forest 8 says it all, we've lost 8 before christmas plus only 6 other teams in our league have lost more than us. Good teams or promotion winning teams don't win 6-2 one week, then loss 5-1 the next, and before anyone say's it Norwich lost 7-1 first match of the season, but what did they do, they sacked the manager, it's never too early for me, so i'm sorry if you don't like it Hirstys shinpads but facts are facts, if we don't get rid of him now it may be too late. Many Wednesday fans wanted Brian Laws out, Irvine had plent of time to keep us up, but he did'nt, i think he should have gone then, B L had lost 11 games at this stage last season, and got the sack, Irvine 8 in a league below, it's just not good enough, and don't just blame Purse for everything, because i've seen all but 4 games this season, and the two players that have disappointed me most at the back are Beevers and Spur, if we fail to go up this season, everyone would say why did'nt we do it earlier, so Milan if your going to spend some money please do it on a manager before we have alot of suicidal Wednesday fans.
ecco owl
don't know what the budget is, but just read article on Sam Allardyce, if he would come and Milan could afford him, he would be a brilliant choice, i like Alan Irvine and always gave him the benefit of doubt but after yesterdays result we need a change before its to late, we will never do anything with irvine in charge
tommy craig
Nor with Sam Allardyce,he did nothing with Newcastle getting the sack same at Blackburn.Below is his record as a Manager. Blackpool 19 July 1994-29 May 1996 G W D L WIN% 102 44 23 35 43.14 Notts County 16 January 1997-14 October 1999 G W D L WIN% 145 56 39 50 38.62 Bolton Wanderers 19 October 1999-29 April 2007 G W D L WIN% 370 153 103 114 41.3 Newcastle United 15 May 2007- 9 January 2008 G W D L WIN% 24 8 6 10 33.33 Blackburn Rovers 17 December 2008-13 December 2010 G W D L WIN% 90 32 24 34 35.56 And thats with a better squad of players to deal with.
ollyowl70
Blackpool - playoff, Notts County div 3 champions, took Bolton into premier league and qua ilfied for EUFA cup 2004-05 didn't get time at Newcastle saved Blackburn from relegation, what has Alan Irvine achived ? you haven't a clue ollyowl70
tommy craig
Dear oh Dear oh Dear!!I am so glad that I didn't listen to the match as I was being entertained by THREE absolutely Brilliant Owls at a local nature reserve. I saw Long Eared Owl ,Barn Owl and Short eared Owl all in the space of time it took Exeter to swallow us whole! . Watching the Long Eared devour a vole in one mouthful sums it up as today I found the regurgitated remains. These Owls are consummate hunters, are single minded and ignore all around in pusuit of their goal.Perhaps AI should forget training this week and make the 'players' watch videos of what being an Owl is all about.
tommacandernie
But like i stated Tommy.WITH A BETTER SQUAD OF PLAYERS.
ollyowl70
http://www.swfc.co.uk/page/News/0,,10304~2248005,00.html
Hills-Owl
Hills, best fans in the World aren't we, despite a disappointing heavy defeat life's pretty good as an owl at the moment.
sussexowl
don't think he had a better sqaud of players at blackpool, notts and bolton when he first took over, but built his own teams with good management skills which we seem to be lacking.
tommy craig
K well i apoligise for my statement earlier m8 i just read up on his wikipedia page.I thought he took on agud squad at Newcastle and Blackburn.
ollyowl70
K well i apoligise for my statement earlier m8 i just read up on his wikipedia page.I thought he took on agud squad at Newcastle and Blackburn.
ollyowl70
 

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