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Tranmere Rovers 3-0 Wednesday

Tranmere Rovers
3 - 0

Prenton Park, Birkenhead

15/02/11 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 5,941


TEN-man Wednesday saw their winless league run since the turn of the year continue in Birkenhead as Tranmere Rovers inflicted a 3-0 victory that all-but ends the Owls promotion hopes this season.

Lateef Elford-Alliyu headed the hosts ahead on the hour mark before Owls midfielder Giles Coke was sent off four minutes later to leave the visitors with a mountain to climb.

Ian Goodison doubled Rovers' lead before former Owls striker Enoch Showunmi rubbed salt in the wounds with a third with less than ten minutes to go.

It leaves new boss Gary Megson looking to avoid relegation and keep the Owls in npower League One, rather than looking to secure promotion - the aim at the start of the season.

Megson promised changes following the 2-1 loss at Rochdale on Saturday and he made them, with five changes coming at Prenton Park.

As predicted, striker Gary Madine and midfielder Isaiah Osboure both started, while Reda Johnson, Tommy Spurr and Gary Teale all got the nod as Wednesday looked for a first league win since the turn of the year.

Tranmere were going to be no pushovers though, as their recent good form showed, and it proved to the case on a cold evening at Prenton Park.

The Owls made a bright start though and Madine almost carried on where he left off at Rochdale, but he steered his header over the bar from a Coke cross in the early exchanges.

Megson had emphasised the importance of good start for Wednesday following recent poor first-half showings that had left them with a mountain to climb.

And they contained Rovers pretty well in the opening chances, with the Owls having the best of the early exchanges, limiting the hosts in front of goal.

Rovers' first chance came when Lucas Askins powered fired into the side netting from a deep cross, but Owls goalkeeper Nicky Weaver had the effort covered.

Owls midfielder Gary Teale was an unused substitute at Spotland on Saturday but he was brought back in by Megson and was at the centre of most of the Wednesday attacks.

First he almost picked out Madine with a dangerous cross before beoing the provider again in setting-up Clinton Morrison, but the skipper saw his shot well charged down by the Tranmere defence.

Far from the poor defending seen on Saturday, the Owls kept their hosts pretty quiet in the first-half, with chances coming few and far between.

It was a good sign for a side that have been struggling in the first-half of matches that Wednesday took a 0-0 draw into the break.

Half-Time: Tranmere 0-0 Wednesday

Wednesday have improved in the second half of late and the travelling Wednesday fans were hoping it was going to be a case of more of the same in Birkenhead as the teams came out for the second half.

indeed, the visitors started the second half well and Coke shot over the bar before Wednesday almost took advantage of some calamity defending from the hosts.

Confusion between a defender and Tranmere stopper Tony Warner gifted Clinton Morrison the ball, but the Owls skipper wasn't able to find the back of the net and the Rovers defence managed to clear the danger for a corner.

Gary Madine also came agonisingly close to connecting to a Coke corner as the Owls had the upper hand.

The Owls were made to pay for their missed chances shortly after though as the hosts took the lead against the run of play.

John Welsh's cross found Elford-Alliyu, who made no mistake in beating Weaver to break the deadlock.

It was a blow to Wednesday, and the game was as good as over for Megson's men just minutes later when Coke saw red and Rovers scored from the resulting free-kick.

The Owls midfielder was late in a challenge on Welsh and the referee had no option than to send him off.

Goodison was then well-positioned to steer in Cresswell's free-kick to make it 2-0.

A miserable night in Tranmere was complete with nine minutes to go as the hosts netted a third, with former Owl Showunmi powering home a volley to complete the scoring.

Full-Time: Tranmere 3-0 Wednesday

Date:Tuesday February 15 2011
Time: 10:48PM


Total garbage!! Other teams with 10/9 men battle we fall to pieces. God knows how we are going get out of this rut. What is clear is the cen mid needs totally revamping thanks Irvine for signing some terrible players. Grim days.
15/02/2011 23:14:00
How can we have become so sh&te? I keep saying it, maybe purse wasn't that bad! Just looked at the sky match stats, they only had 1 shot on target and scored 3 times! Says all there is to say really. Just picked up tickets for Oldham away! Not sure I fancy it much now! If this keeps going it could be down the owls, league 2 here we come.
15/02/2011 23:25:00
What a F*****g shambles.How can a team with our ability be playing like this.I just dont know anymore i cannot find any more answers.This team should be now looking forward to the championship again almost?not looking at a f*****g dog fight to survive. For F**k sake we got the money we buy players now were not in debt ,someone please tell me whats going on
16/02/2011 07:40:00
this string of poor performances mean that not only are some players not performing very well (or are simply not good enough) but they have also lost the battle mentally. Once again we fail to score a goal. Our walking striker Morrison (re rarely runs) is captain simply because no-one in the defence or midfiled looks good enough to warrant a prolonged run in the side. However, I feel that Megson knows his stuff, and thankfully we have Manderic behind him, so I am confident he will sort out our woes. What is the worst loss we have ever suffered? This comes to mind as we are away at Birmingham this Saturday and on this form look like we will be hammered!
16/02/2011 08:37:00
Looking forward to the end of the season for the big clearout, nothing else to look forward too, need to be out of the fa cup this weekend, need to put everything into avoiding relegation, mm and gm I think will be drawing up the list for the firing squad, at this rate the city of Sheffield will have no one in the championship or league 1 maybe we should combine and become sheffield city fc, uuuummmmmm I wish! Joke.........
16/02/2011 09:12:00
they all need sacking absolute *****e are away form is shocking and we have'nt got a home game till 5th march cant see us getting any points till at least then
16/02/2011 09:56:00
I've kept away form posting on here since this run started, as I had hoped that with MM coming in we could look forward to a bright future and wanted to say something positive. Well a 2 hour drive to Tranmere on a cold and windy Tuesday followed by 2 hours home to watch that!!!! - For 15 minutes at the start of the second half we were well on top and the backing from the Wednesday fans was fantastic - then they scored and .............. WE DESERVE BETTER FROM THE PLAYERS!!!
16/02/2011 09:59:00
I say drop the lot and play the youth and reserves, they would want it more than the current bags of sh£te!!
16/02/2011 11:11:00
Why do we just collapse when we go behind away?Its happening every match now and we end up getting hammered.Birmingham could get their record win on our form,its scary.The players should be embarrassed,they dont deserve the fantastic support they get.Its gonna be a relegation dogfight again and its simply embarrassing.Getting thumped by poor teams.
leons gloves
16/02/2011 12:30:00
At least we'll achieve our aim of getting out of league 1 at the first attempt, not in the desired direction though!!!! I have to laugh otherwise I'll cry, thought getting to half-time on level terms was an achievement and hoped we'd kick on in 2nd half. Still at least watching Gattuso thinking he could take on Joe Jordan gave me a laugh last night, would only have been bettered if JJ had knocked him out.
16/02/2011 12:38:00
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