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Sheffield Wednesday 2 - MK Dons 2

Hillsborough

5th February

Attendance: 17, 631

Owls Earn MK Dons Point

A second half comeback ensured Wednesday took a point against MK Dons at Hillsborough.

With resident goalkeeper Nicky Weaver out through a bout of the flu, youngster Arron Jameson came in for his home debut.

All eyes were on the young keeper, who made his debut in the reverse fixture and it wasn't long before he made an impact, unfortunately for the wrong reasons.

Jameson brought down Keanu Marsh-Brown after he was put through by Luke Chadwick.The referee didn't hesitate to point to the spot and booked Jameson for the offence. Peter Leven stepped up and put the visitors ahead.

Wednesday had started the better, but as in recent weeks had looked frail at the back and they were 2-0 down after 26 minutes.

Marsh-Brown was again involved, finding far too much space, he fed a tempting ball into the box which was slotted home by Daniel Powell.

Hope was to be given to the Owls, though, when MK Dons were reduced to ten men before the break.

Clinton Morrison skipped by Mackenzie who duly brought the forward down to earn his second yellow.

This gave Wednesday new vigour in the second period and the introduction of Paul Heffernan and Neil Mellor at the break ensured that they would at least try to get back into the game.

First Jermaine Johnson's header flashed wide and Neil Mellor had a header on goal before Wednesday halved the deficit.

Played in by Giles Coke, Mellor fired a shot beyond Martin to give the Owls twenty minutes to get something from the game.

Buoyed, Wednesday earned themselves a point through Clinton Morrison's instinctive finish. Coke's corner was met by Michael Morrison and his header was diverted in by his namesake.

The visitors were then reduced to nine men when Leven receieved his own second yellow, but Wednesday, like against Yeovil couldn't make their two man advantage count.

Plenty of food for thought for the watching Gary Megson. He'll have been impressed by the second half spirit shown by his new players, but the defensive problems have to be sorted out and fast.





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Date:Saturday February 5 2011

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Your Comments

We've shipped on average 3 goals in about the past 7 games so defence is clearly the starting point for Megson!
TheDon1974
Absolutely! Sounded like things were in shambles at the back. Let's hope it just a gelling problem with our new defenders getting used to each other. At least GM got a good look at what he's working with. Anyone hear anything about Isaiah? Does he have an injury or something?
Colorado Owl
I saw somewhere that he took a knock in training and therefore isn't quite ready but that's not confirmed!
TheDon1974
Well i read it was him that had the virus and was sent home to rest n weaver was struggling with a swollen knee.
ollyowl70
yeah you've got that right olly ! Agree with most defence is awful along with centre midfield to much space for opponets to run into gary need's to make us tighter and getting us passing more we seem very panicky on the ball
retfordowl1867
All credit to the players for getting back into the game and for GM making the changes at half-time, that said all our problems are of our own making. Can't believe we've played against 9 men twice in the last two home league games and not won, I thought we'd go on and win today once we got back to 2-2, looking forward to seeing what GM can do with this squad.
sussexowl
Agree with the above, our defence is shocking, the two new lads at centre half should be looking over their shoulders, they have both had in my opinion shaky starts, redas distribution is at times horrendous
Wedtillidie
mind you there goalie pulled off at least 3 great saves when they were down to 9 men and at least on 2 or 3 times it was going in and hit a defender with him no knowing much about it, what is wrong with that Reynolds he is supposed to be good and he`s on the bench
Owlet
i think we have signed some decent defenders but they are clearly all at sea at the moment. we can't even maintain a line. i'm sure that in the not too distant future they will get their act together. first job for megson in my opinion is to pick an permanent outfield captain who he is going to pick every week then arrange the defence and midfield to suit. we really need a settled team, can't be making 5 changes every match like we have been doing
Hirsty's Shinpads
Hinds must wonder what he's done wrong, and Purse was a mistake, thanks to a section of so-called Wednesday fans.
ecco owl
If Purse had been available for the past few games he would have organised and covered for any of the other defenders selected to play - as he always did! Now the opposition can drive a bus straight through the middle because we are so square. When Johnson made his debut at Bristol he looked awesome - simly because he had the main guy sorting him out and covering for him. Now he looks all at sea when balls are placed past him. Morridon simply does not do the covering job that Purse did - not yet anyway! Don't you guys actually go to away games or understand what happens on the field of play?
Sivadam
Purse was a liability, and had so many shockers, he wasn't selected for his defensive abilities, only natural ability to lead players as a captain!
OWL25
Purse made some errors - as did others! He also had some tremendous games, when he was the outstanding player on the pitch. Were you at Bristol? Did he earn his corn in that first half, which was instrumental in us getting a result when we turned them over in the second half? Would Hereford have scored that stupid goal against us if Purse had been playing? I think not! Would Peterborogouh have carved though us so easily when we had ten men last week, if he had been playing? I think not! Were you even there I wonder? I could go on and on and on ...... But there is no chance of changing the minds of the 'Boo Boys'. They have been a blight to this club since they were partly responsible for us losing Trevor Francis. And that started the decline of this club. When will they ever learn.....??? (Unfortunately I missed Orient because of other commitments so cannot comment on that result, but I have my tickets for Rochdale. Do you ...??)
Sivadam
I hope Meggy brings his own team in to train the players cause AI took the flack for those clowns that was left behind to choose the team. I hope that was their last game or it`s same again for the rest of the season
Owlet
Trevor Francis caused his own decline,he took a great team on from Atkinson and when he tried building his own team thats wen we f***ed up.And yes Purse did do well at Bristol but it was Weaver that saved us in the 1st half not Purse.He was a leader but made so many mistakes,recent one that spring to mind the Charlton game for the needless pen then nearly scoring own goal,he was always getting caught out of position and not avin the legs to get back.And yes fast forwards always destroyed him.
ollyowl70
Sivadam! Boo boy.... Nah I'm just fan that didn't sit there like a mindless tit and do nothing! I don't go to away games anymore, having a young child a job and family prevents that! So Ive got some pretty important priorities there but if you want to discuss my season tickets for god knows how long and how much I've paid to see crap like purse than we can. This is the first time in along time I can see promise and a future with this team! And hope gm can show his worth!
OWL25
OWL25. Apologies for the way my post sounded. It was not directed at you personally! I think you all know somebody that it does apply to! Ollyowl70, May I remind you that big Ron walked out to AV before he had chance to prove his worth as a manager of SWFC in the top flight. It was Francis that brought in the likes of Waddle and Walker! It is that calibre of player that took us high enough in the league to make Wembley 4 times in 1993. And we still finished 7th in his last full season (1994/95) before injuries led to a poor start to the folllowing season! That's when the 'Boo Boys' took over and helped aid our demise! And as for that penalty against Charlton - Purse was in that position because he had the vision to get round from the rightside CH position to cover for the mistake of Johnson on the leftside, when he did not track back with his player. Yes DP made the mistake of fouling the man as automatic reaction to the push by the forward, but many would not even have managed to provide the cover that he did on that occasion. I too hope that GM can lead us into a new era. Now that we can actually buy players that we want and provided he has time (a luxury that AI did not have, except when having to use 'rejects' from other clubs) then there can be no excuse for him not to succeed.
Sivadam
These Boo Boys are reminisant of the Francis era and please remember the upshot of that. They got their way and we got David Pleat when he left the we were at the bottom of all leagues including Pontins and Northern Intermediate The boo boys were responsable for that and arguably the clubs down hill spiral with Dave Richards feathering his own nest with the FA using our club as a front Everybody get behind MEGGO he'll get us there hopefully he won't run out of time this year but its gunna be close we all know that deep down.
Tentown-Owl
Purse has stepped up a level to the Championship with Millwall, he played Saturday and they kept a clean sheet, enough said! If you thought our defence was poor with him it's positively dire without him. I'm sure GM will get it sorted though and we'll be keeping clean sheets in no time.
sussexowl
ollyowl70 you are just as entitled to your opinion as anybody, even if it rocks the boat a bit. I think you are spot on about Francis. He took over as manager when we had a great team from atko and left us with a lot worse team after spending a load of money on players like andy sinton. Purse was a disaster from day one and he seemed to rub a lot of other people up the wrong way initially. I wonder if Wood would still have been here but for him. sivadam you seem to think opinions are only valid from people who go every week, but that is just not possible for everyone.
Radon Barrier
ollyowl70 you are just as entitled to your opinion as anybody, even if it rocks the boat a bit. I think you are spot on about Francis. He took over as manager when we had a great team from atko and left us with a lot worse team after spending a load of money on players like andy sinton. Purse was a disaster from day one and he seemed to rub a lot of other people up the wrong way initially. I wonder if Wood would still have been here but for him. sivadam you seem to think opinions are only valid from people who go every week, but that is just not possible for everyone.
Radon Barrier
Thanks for that Radon Barrier much appreciated.
ollyowl70
 

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