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Wednesday 2-4 Plymouth Argyle

2 - 4

Hillsborough, Sheffield

05/03/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 18,474


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

Date:Saturday March 5 2011
Time: 6:22PM


....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.
05/03/2011 18:30:00
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.
05/03/2011 18:34:00
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?
05/03/2011 19:38:00
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
05/03/2011 19:42:00
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.
05/03/2011 20:02:00
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
05/03/2011 20:03:00
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.
05/03/2011 21:28:00
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.
06/03/2011 00:22:00
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 donít matter}, but can safely say, even after being relegated from the Prem (which werenít 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................
06/03/2011 01:14:00
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
06/03/2011 01:35:00
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