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Wednesday 2 - Plymouth 4

Hillsborough, Sheffield

05/03/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 18,474

Wednesday 2-4 Plymouth Argyle

Gary Megson's first full home game in charge of Wednesday ended in defeat as Plymouth Argyle put their off-the-pitch problems to one side to pick up a a valuable three points at a chilly Hillsborough.

Argyle entered administration yesterday and sat bottom of the npower League One table going into the game thanks to receiving a ten-point penalty.

But they put all their worries to one side and received a big boost in the battle against the drop by recording a league 'double' over the Owls.

Bondz N'Gala and Joe Mason sent the Pilgrims into a 2-0 lead at half-time before substitute Giles Coke pulled a goal back for the hosts on the resumption.

Mason extended the visitors' lead with his second of the afternoon before Yannick Bolasie all-but sealed the victory for Peter Reid's side, ex-Argyle man Reda Johnson netting a consolation for the Owls against his former club.

Megson was in the dugout for the Owls' last home game, the 2-2 draw against MK Dons, but the visit of the Pilgrims was his first official game at the helm.

It followed a 1-0 victory at Carlisle United, Megson's first as Wednesday boss, and the Owls boss will have been keen for three more points to open his account on home soil.

The Owls boss kept faith with the same starting eleven that beat Carlisle, with Giles Coke returning from suspension to take his place on the bench.

Wednesday couldn't take their momentum from the victory in Cumbria into the clash with the Pilgrims though and it was the visitors that made the brighter start.

They fashioned the first chance on goal when Stephane Zubar smashed a powerful effort into the side netting.

Gary Madine was the first to threaten for the hosts but he saw his header blocked - with appeals for a penalty for a handball by Curtis Nelson being waved away by the officials.

Argyle also came into the game on the back of a victory - they saw off Colchester United 2-1 at Home Park last time out - and it was they who took the lead.

N'Gala struck in the 12th minute with a low shot which beat Owls stopper Nicky Weaver from just inside the box.

As has been the case throughout a tough season for the Owls, the hosts failed to fashion a response and Argyle had the momentum.

Bolasie forced Weaver into a fine save just minutes later as the Pilgrims looked to double their advantage.

Wednesday enjoyed more of the ball as the half progressed, but just as they were looking to carve something out in front of goal the Pilgrims went down the other end and make it 2-0.

Wednesday's defence, which included former Argyle man Reda Johnson, looked fragile, despite back-to-back clean sheets.

Arnason was the architect, providing a cross for New Zealand international Rory Fallen, who flicked the ball on for Mason to drill home.

It could have gone from bad to worse minutes later when Johnson almost forgot which side he was playing for, failing to connect to a back-pass and allowing Bhasera to nip in to go one-on-one with Weaver, who provided a good save to keep the hosts in the game.

Gary Teale did hit the woodwork when he perhaps should have done better in front of goal, but it was one of very few chances the Owls created.

Wednesday were greeted with a chorus of boos from the Hillsborough faithful at half-time.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-2 Plymouth

The Owls' first-half performance prompted Megson to use all three of his substitutions at half-time.

Coke, Clinton Morrison and Jermaine Johnson were all introduced to add more attacking emphasis to Wednesday's play, with Liam Palmer, Chris Sedgwick and Isaiah Osbourne making way respectively.

It prompted an attacking start for the hosts and Argyle almost gifted Wednesday a way back into the game when Arnasan almost put the ball into his own goal but goalkeeper Romain Larrieu diverted the ball to safety.

The Owls continued to push forward and they saw two penalty claims waved away in quick succession.

Striker Madine in particular will have felt he deserved a spot-kick, being hauled down when he was about to strike on goal early in the second half.

The officials waved away the claims though and it seemed like it wasn't going to be Wednesday's day.

But Coke put some light at the end of the tunnel when he collected the ball at the edge of the box and drilled a low shot into the back of the net to reduce the deficit just after the hour mark.

The goal should have seen Wednesday pile the pressure on their visitors but instead they threw the game away with more poor defending as Argyle restored their two-goal cushion.

It came just four minutes after Coke's strike, with Mason being given the time and space to chest the ball down and strike a powerful effort beyond Weaver.

The game was all-but won for the Pilgrims and they added a four with just over ten minutes to go when Bolasie smashed a 25-yard effort into the back of the net.

Wednesday did grab a late consolation strike through Reda Johnson, scoring against his former club to complete the scoring.

But a big chunk of the Wednesday support had already left Hillsborough before Johnson's strike.

Full-Time: Wednesday: 2-4 Plymouth




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Date:Saturday March 5 2011

Time: 6:22PM

Your Comments

....Play offs?? Avoid relegation more like. I think we'll stay up, but the irony is that we had 'lesser' players in the first half of the season who could at least string results together.
balli80
Oh well, maybe someday we can string a good run together, cant wait fir the season clearout and A good rebuild for next season, quite sad that all I'm looking forward to is the transfer window to open.
OWL25
Question: Is Hillsborough part of the proboem over the last 10years. i.e. having a near 40K seater stadium only ~40% full, does this negate home advantage? I think it does, I would rather to see a full stadium of 10K, than 20K in a half full stadium. Should we consider strategically closing stands or tiers?
owl1
we were dire today all over the pitch totally gutted tonight i agree owl25 the sooner we get get rid of some of these players the better we should ditch a lot of these ageing has beens and rebuild a new hungry young team with players who want the shirt they have had thier chance and failed .
beverley owl
Looked like too many players werent interested today. Not enough commitment and megson should be looking to get rid of quite a few of these players in the summer and get some in to concentrate for next season. Players seamed to be hiding and marking thereselves out of the game, they didnt want the ball. Its always the same, when were winning everyone wants the ball and wants to push forward but when were losing no one wants it. We just make it too difficult for ourselves. Conceding 2 and that gives us a massive hill to climb. We were undone and were defintely not the better side today. Well done plymouth.
SwfcHadders
Like who Beverley owl? Still think we've gone Down hill since morons hounded out purse! Who's gonna want to come to us jn the summer! Very worried
Bexy1977
I am struggling to think of another club who has been as bad as us over such a long period. I am actually embarassed ashamed to be associated with supporting this club. What other club would be lucky enough in our financial situation to have MM take over and since he's arrived its just got worse. Irvine bought to many similar players in most in my opinion aren't good enough. Boy oh boy what a mess. I am not sure Megson is the man but to be honest you could put any manager in charge of this club and they would fail. Mandaric has some very tough decisions to make on how much he will put in to get this club and playing staff sorted out. I knew it was inevitable we would lose today Plymouth are fighting we are just wimpering around. Poor and should not be tolerated. Oldham havent won scored in 6 games.. I bet they cannot wait to play us to get that record sorted. I don't go to many games and why on earth would I with things like they are. Wish the season would end tomorrow the players seem to think it ended a few months ago.
jamesc1905
Too true Jamesc1905 how many other clubs in this league would be in 16th after having a bucket of money invested in them in Jan!! If this were Southampton they would be TOP!!! We are in a bad place, we have to blame Irvine for bringing in half of this poor squad, it will be interesting to see how the summer works out for us.
balli80
Guys/fans ..over the years we have had our agreements/disagreements, I said some stupid things (especially to DEZZYP, which I now regret, sorry DEZZYP) I thought we would get through this, (and also thought we should of kept Irvine but ne or he it don’t matter}, but can safely say, even after being relegated from the Prem (which weren’t bad years now we look back at them) this is the lowest day in my life. I would love to sit here and say where it went wrong and how i think i could do a better job but i cant but could not even begin to fathem out what is going wrong with us.. I will always have hope and give 100% support to the Owls but something is wrong at the club......Im going for a walk....and i may be sometime................
joseph10
sorry but know way is R johnson better than Purse.What a load of crap 4-5-1 Madine not good enough to be target man and lone striker,better second half but these players need to step back and have a look at thier performances. Bet Heff thinks he's killed a black cat
vic mobley
Bexy I agree purse was hounded, but we were still losing when he was here, he was awful, not saying this lot are any better but he had to go and hopefully the majority of the team will follow suit in the summer, I think it shows how bad Irvine was with the players he brought in!
OWL25
the thing is the vast majority of you who are now saying that 'oh actually purse was quite decent' didn't have the balls to admit that they were wrong when he started to improve, did they? plymouth were even going to capitulate big time, or they'd show a bit of heart and in the end that bit of heart is what we didn't have (again). players like Reda Johnson, Gary Madine ... they've been here not even two months and your on their backs? no wonder players don't have no confidence down at s6. we ALL need to get behind them - we support our team and give 'em three or four games to really turn it around and they're still playing without heart, then fair enough, but your giving a lot of the players who don't deserve the criticism (imo, eg JOC, Reda, Madine, Teale) and should be aiming it at chimps like Potter and Beevers. Plus, where on earth is JJ?
s5owl
rubbish enough said
retfordowl1867
IMO many fans think were this big sleeping giant and were gonna climb all the way to the premiership, were not and were not going to be for along time, we've got some of the worst players on our books that need to go, and theirs no wonder fans get down beaten and hurl insults towards the players, were in a transition period now and don't think there will be many players left of this squad next season.
OWL25
Has anyone checked on joseph10? Half expect to find him hanging from a tree when I'm out walking Rover. Chin up lad. How many times have we conceded 4 or more goals this season? It must be a record. These lads just can't play, they could'nt get a game for the Dog and Duck.
Northeastowl
joseph10, its all water under the bridge pal. im just looking forward to the end of the season now and shipping most of this squad out. clearly not good enough. when we was close to administration, our heads dropped and alarming form started, plymouth actually go into administration and come to hillsborough and show us the attitude and character we clearly lack.
DEZZYP
Wots so annoying is though 2 games ago we looked ok,same team wots gone wrong?
ollyowl70
the difference is carlisle didn't try to beat us. anyone who has a go at us will get some success
Hirsty's Shinpads
;-) DezzyP .Back on the subject. You want players out? Who goes? And more to the point...who do we get in? We have one of the best (paid) squads in the league but fail to beat ****y teams. This is the worst club for a paranoid schizophrenic to support. Player by player we should be Top 3 at least. Beginning of the season(with the players Irvine singed) i would of have us 1st. What is wrong with our club????
joseph10
well said Hirsty. Iwiil also like to say if Plymouth's players have'nt been paid for 3-4 weeks they were a credit to their club and fans. hard to tell which players wanted to be there (not)
vic mobley
personally i think that there's little that Meggo can realistically do between now and the end of the season in regards of players, lets see what he does over the summer. hopefully he can nab a few players from Bolton (i've heard that Tamir Cohen is a very underated player) and we'll see where we go from there - also agree wholly with hirsty.
s5owl
I can't figure out whats going off. I thought the signings in the summer were good signings, especially up front. I also thought the recent signings in defence were good. Now I can't figure out if I was wrong or they just need time to gel. What happened to Reynolds, did we sign a highly rated defender that rangers were after last year, or did I imagine it? One thing that makes me laugh is that Purses name is even mentioned. Anybody who thinks him staying would have made much of a difference is living in cloud cuckoo land. We lost plenty of games when he was here and he looked wobbly too often.
Radon Barrier
the new defenders have hardly instilled me with confidence - they're just as bloody wobbly.
s5owl
Interesting reading the comments. Purse had to go and should never been signed in the first place. Just remember that clown Laws saying Purse and Miller excellent players when signed them for a suppose play off place in championship 2 yrs ago. Deluded fool. Irvine has put his mark on this club many ways, had money signs rubbish players. I actually rate Madine but I am not a fan of the 451 especially at home and also we have about 5 strikers so why on earth he trying sign Mcarthy other week I have no idea. I remember Irvine making the Hillsborough pitch the widest it can be under league rules at the beginning of the season... I thoought that was madness then. It actually has encouraged teams to play football knock it round play us off the park. Bar JJ who has hardly featured we have no pace on the flanks Teale and Sedgewick who is slowest player I've seen in years. That for me sums up how clueless the bloke was. All we do is lump it long though I havent been since Orient and won't waste my money again this year. There needs to be massive changes in the summer if Mandaric wants a return on his investment. We need a new keeper since Grant gone we have been found out and realise how many games he won for us.. Weaver isnt good enough sorry chaps. I expect Potter O Connor Hinds JJ Heffernan [ How never played don't know] Mellor Reynolds Otsembor[ awful player] maybe others to go. Add Tommy Miller to that list decent but getting old and out contract. We need young hungry players and bit experience from other players. Its getting them to Hillsborough thats going be the difficult part. Well done Irvine for destroying the season.
jamesc1905
..Oh and lets not forget Lee Straford for his part in all this as well!! Rant over..for now.
jamesc1905
Clearly the defence doesn't instill anyone with confidence because of the amount of goals they have conceded, but to point to the sale of Purse as pivotal is ridiculous. its because we had players like him that we needed to overhaul the defence in the first place. As james says irvine must take the lions share of the blame cos hes has signed all these players and his tactics were questionable. However Laws left him with no solid foundations. Hate to say it but as much as i try I can't believe that meggo is the man. Hope i'm wrong cos it will take a few years and another team of rubbish players to find out. Someone tell me i'm wrong and that he signed some good uns at bolton and west brom.
Radon Barrier
I thought we actually played quite well and have been playing well all season. We've just not had any luck......PAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Only joking, we're ****.
balli80
I've got a funny feeling he signed James O Connor when he was at West Brom or he may have just been there. But my point being he played him and to be fair he use to be decent enough but doesn't have the pace to keep up with the game anymore.. so hence why he's bloody crap! He signed Elmander at Bolton and a few more, just have to wait and see. Oh and I'd like to point out Simek has played every game for Carlisle pretty much.. we replaced him with Otsembor!! Well, the clown Irvine did. So many bad managers so many terrible decisions. I do think we will turn the corner but how much more waiting do we have to do???
jamesc1905
to be fair,its not just irvine and laws. the last time i got excited by a signing at wednesday was probably wim jonk, and he turned out to be pants. the point being for well over a decade he havent had the money to invest in anybody decent. we have had to survive with cheap second rate managers and cheap second rate players in hoping we unearth a rough diamond, its only brunt and whelan who have gone on to do decent things. its no wonder we are where we are at the moment. but, roll on summer time, if megson is the man to taked us forward only time will tell but bwith super milan at the helm hopefully this will be the end of sheffield wednesday shopping in the bargain basement department.
DEZZYP
Not sure everything can be blamed on Irvine due to the fact that for the past 10 seasons we've been in a continual decline. At the start of the season he had NO budget to work with and we found ourselves in League One so not very appealing even for players on a Bosman. Before that Laws was the last man to spend any money and what does he do - he goes and signs Francis Jeffers! Anyone with an ounce of football knowledge knew that was never going to work out. I'm not one of those that hounded Purse out of the club and think he should have been retained in some aspect but certainly wouldn't have been using him as a first-team regular because of the number of mistakes he made. Let's not forget he was the mainstay of our 'relegation' defence! Problem is that it doesn't appear that we've replaced him adequately and with a little experience. Not only did we get rid of him to begin with but then his regular partners (Beevers/Buxton) were replaced with the other new addition. The whole management process is comical at times and I give up! Hope Megson can turn it around next season but a lot will depend on who he can get rid of and how much MM is prepared to give him to invest in players.
TheDon1974
There is absolutely no point ruing over past players, managers or even chairman. The problem is NOW, not Purse, Laws, Irvine.... I once too believed we were a sleeping giant, but in all honesty it's been far too long for us to keep using that term. We are a club with history theres no denying it, but that is exactly what that is... HISTORY!!. Don't get me wrong, I will be an Owl as long as I live but we don't have this automatic right to beat all L1 teams because we were once a big club. I agree with the previous comment about being in a transitional period and pray that Meggo and King Milan can work some magic and build a new club. A club we can all be proud to support and not when asked make that silly little joke "Sheffield who?!?...." I'm as fustrated as any other Wednesdayite but at the end of the day all we can do is support our team. We all live in hope. UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
At least the derbys back on again next season, fingers crossed! Good old micky Adams!
OWL25
I have been around a long time, now getting on for 60 years of going down to Hillsborough and in all that time I have never seen such a demise in our club. I consider myself lucky to have played down there for a few seasons although never making the mark I was able to mix with the likes of some of our greatest players, John Fantham, Peter Swan, Tony Kay, Alan Finney, Colin Dobson, Johny Quinn all of whom came through the ranks at Hillsborough. Where are these "home grown" players these days? Just a couple in the last 5 years, so much for an accademy. Most of the above came from Shefffield and district schoolboy teams, do we even have a Sheffield boys team anymore? I agree with some of the emails above, poor managers have been chosen by poor Chairmen and there lies the problem. These managers could not spot a good player, take Francis for example who let Cantana go on to Leeds and he was probably our last decent manager then the rot set in. My first post on here.
The Fantham
Have to agree with jamesc1905 in that (except JJ) we must have the slowest wingers and the widest pitch in the League.All that happens is that the opposition attack us down the flanks with their fast wingers and cross into our box where our inept defence cant deal with it and we concede goal after goal.It happened on Saturday against Plymouth,Huddersfield did us,Bournemouth,etc.Sedgewick must be the slowest winger ever and Teale cant beat a man on the outside,he always has to cut inside.His delivery on Saturday was appalling.Perhaps we should look to shorten the width of the pitch because it is only helping the opposition.
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