Leyton Orient 4-0 Wednesday
Brisbane Road, London
22/01/11 - 3pm
Wednesday's winless league run continued in emphatic fashion on Saturday as struggling Leyton Orient thrashed Alan Irvine's men 4-0 at Brisbane Road to leave the Owls five points adrift of the top six.
It was even up until half-time before the hosts, who have a decent record at home this season despite their position just above the relegation zone, took Wednesday to the cleaners in the second half thanks to four goals without reply.
Ben Chorley fired the hosts ahed from the penalty spot after Gary Teale was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, before Harry Kane, Alex Revell and Paul-Jose Mpoku sealed a big win for Orient.
It was Wednesday's fourth league defeat on the spin in the league and sees them drop down to 12th position in the table.
Irvine made two changes to the side that drew with Charlton Athletic at Hillsborough lass time out.
New signing Gary Madine went straight into the starting eleven at the expense of Neil Mellor, who dropped to the bench, while Lewis Buxton returned from a hamstring injury to replace Darren Purse in defence.
Buxton played at right-back with Michael Morrison partnering Reda Johnson in the centre, and there was no place in the squad for Mark Reynolds, another new arrival at S6.
Goalkeeper Nicky Weaver was handed the captain's armband following the departure of Purse, and it turned out to be a game the Wednesdayite will be keen to quickly forget.
Chances were few and far between in the first half as defences came out on top.
Chorley was first to test Weaver with a volley before Chris Sedgwick has the Owls' first chance on goal - and he should have done better with his effort.
The midfielder made the most of some sloppy defending by the O's in and around their penalty box, but Sedgwick saw his effort cleared off the line.
Wednesday were shading the game in terms of possession and chances but the hosts were the first to have the ball in the back of the net, although Revell's effort was chalked off by the referee for offside.
At the other end, Gary Teale, one of Wednesday's better performers, saw another good effort come and go in a game which never looked like being a one-sided affair in the first half.
Half-Time: Orient 0-0 Wednesday
Little was seen of Madine as an attacking threat, and the former Carlisle United man had to depart the action early at half-time through injury, as well as Buxton, with the duo being replaced by Neil Mellor and Mark Beevers respectively.
The visitors took their time to regroup in the second half and Orient came flying out of the traps.
Dean Cox had an early effort saved by Weaver before the hosts opened the scoring five minutes in.
Teale was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, something he disagreed with, and Chorley stepped up to fire the ball by Weaver from the spot to open the scoring.
The goal gave Orient a huge confidence boost and saw Wednesday's confident shattered.
It almost led to the hosts doubling their lead not long after through Revell, but Orient didn't need to wait too long to find the back of the net again.
It came seven minutes after Chorley's spot-kick success, and Revell was central again as his dangerous free-kick picked out Kane, who netted in his first senior start for the O's.
Wednesday's defence was all over the place and it was the cause of their downfall at Brisbane Road.
Orient threatened to make it embarrassing for Wednesday and they did just that, with Revell taking advantage of more sloppy defending by their visitors with 11 minutes to go when he headed home from another free-kick which the Owls failed to deal with.
It was 4-0 in the closing stages as Mpoku came off the bench to get his name on the scoresheet, in rather fortunate circumstances, when his free-kick bounced straight by Weaver and into the back of the net to complete a miserable day at the office for Alan Irvine and his men.
Full-Time: Orient 4-0 Wednesday