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Oldham Athletic 2 - Wednesday 3

Boundary Park, Oldham

08/03/11 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 4,133

Oldham Athletic 2-3 Wednesday

Wednesday bounced back from their weekend defeat against Plymouth by securing back-to-back away wins thanks to victory by the odd goal in five against Oldham Athletic.

Goals from Mark Beevers and Chris Sedgwick put the Owls ahead eaerly on before the Latics, who hadn't scored in their previous six games, hit back to level before the break through Filipe Morais and Dale Stephens.

Sedgwick put Gary Megson's men ahead again seven minutes after the restart with his second of the night, and that's the way it stayed as a stubborn Owls defence kept their hosts from scoring again.

Megson was looking for a response from his troops following their 4-2 home loss against basement side Plymouth at S6 on Saturday and he made two changes to his starting line-up for the trip across the Pennines.

Michael Morrison came in at right-back to replace the injured Richard Hinds, while James O'Connor came in for Liam Palmer, who also wasn't 100 per cent fit, in midfield.

And the Owls made the perfect start when Beevers fired them ahead after just three minutes.

Some good early pressure forced a corner and Gary Teale whipped in the set-piece for Beevers to power his header beyond Oldham stopper Ben Amos.

Teale has come in for some criticism of late by Wednesdayites, but he was central to Wednesday's second goal just ten minutes later.

Gary Madine held the ball up well and put Teale in, who in turn provided the cross which Sedgwick fired in to continue the Owls' superb start and leave the hosts shell-shocked.

The double strike was just the tonic for a Wednesday side low on confidence following recent outings.

But things weren't going all Wednesday's winner and Madine, so important in the second goal, had to leave the field with an injury just five minutes later, with Clinton Morrison coming on to replace him.

Worse was to follow when the hosts got firmly back into the contest on 22 minutes when Morais struck a long-range effort which flew past Owls stopper Nicky Weaver and nestled into the back of the net to get Oldham back into the game.

The goal lifted the Latics, who were second best until Morais' strike, and Wednesday were forced to defend more as Paul Dickov's men looked for a leveller.

Chances were few and far between though, and it was Wednesday who continued to look the more threatening, especially from set plays.

Centre-back Reda Johnson has been a big threat from set-pieces since his move to S6 in January and he almost regained Wednesday's two-goal cushion before the break but glanced his header from a Teale corner just wide.

The Owls deserved to take a lead into the interval but they were hit with a sucker-punch by the hosts in first-half stoppage time.

It was from another long-range effort, this time Stephens launching the strike which gave Weaver no chance to send the hosts in level and with the momentum at half-time.

Half-Time: Oldham 2-2 Wednesday

The second half continued to follow the entertaining and attacking nature of the first in the opening exchanges.

Wednesday looked lively, despite their late blow in the first half, and they were rewarded seven minutes after the restart when they regained the lead.

It was Sedgwick again, bagging a rare double, when Spurr's cross was flicked on by Johnson and the former Preston man was well-positioned to slam home from close range.

Sedgwick almost turned goalscorer to provider not long after when he swung over a cross which Michael Morrison could only head tamely at Amos.

Oldham upped the temp in search of another equaliser as the game wore on, but despite their increased possession of the ball, they created few chances.

The hosts' frustrations were mainly due to an improved, more stubborn, Wednesday defence that had come out in the second half, determined not to lose their lead again as they did in the first 45 minutes.

The Latics were being reduced to long-range efforts, and in Stephens they had a player seemingly capable of such an effort to mirror his first-half goal, but when he tried again he hit his shot straight at a team-mate.

Wednesday had seemingly shut up shop, confident in their ability to maintain their lead and failing to carve out too many chances to seal their victory at the other end.

The plan almost blew up in their faces though when Oldham missed a superb chance to level late on.

Kieran Lee somehow fired wide of goal from close range from a Ritchie Jones cross, to the relief of Weaver and the Owls defence.

It was the best effort of the half for the Latics, and the last, as the visitors clung on for a crucial three points.

Full-Time: Oldham 2-3 Wednesday




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Date:Tuesday March 8 2011

Time: 10:22PM

Your Comments

Well done you Owls,thought we was going to slip up agen wen we let them back in after being 2 up,result doesnt reflect the performance in my eyes cos we wa by far the better side.Hope Madines ok and its nothing too serious.Must say feel sori for Heffers hes still not getting a look in with CM getting the vote every time and i dont know why.Oldham not scored in 6 games b4 today but like always we seem to be the team that ends bad runs for teams.O.T.I.D.
ollyowl70
Very happy to take all three. Keep it up lads, but lets keep it consistent now, PLEASE!
Colorado Owl
great win normally we would crumble when letting teams back into the game apart from saturday seems we are getting some fight back in us hope we can go on a run now wont make play offs but top half finish would be good after a poor season
retfordowl1867
superb, great win, 3 points and a 20 bet win with my mate. they made me sweat for it though. 13 games left to play for your futures boys, prove your worth for next season.
DEZZYP
Made it hard for ourselves again but it's 3 points at the end of the day. That's now 7 points from a possible 12 and the same again in the next four games would be just fine for me considering that Southampton and Peterborough are in the next 4 games!
TheDon1974
Well done DEZZYP!
Colorado Owl
Think we were the better of two poor teams last night. Said on Monday I could see us winning 4-0 and thought it was on after ten, but typical Wednesday don't do anything easy. Thought osbourne and miller had good games but Morrison was awful! Can't play upfront on his own, should have been mellor for my money. UTO WTID
Bexy1977
Bringing Morrison to play on his own probably changed the game he's not a target man and the ball won't stick. Thats why probably ended up back at 2-2. Still worrying though we let them back in when in total control of the game that shouldn't happen. I think there will be another mass clearout in the summer there has to be. Half of the players in the summer need moving on. We need some young hungry players mixed with a bit of experience.
jamesc1905
Watched Saturday as Fallon occupied (Bullied) our defense on his own allowing player to play off him and was peaking through my fingers as my head laid heavy in my hands. I finally lost the will to stay after the fourth went in and so was hoping for an appropriate response last night to show that Megson can get through to the players. I was Dizzy when we took a two goal lead and wasn't even drinking - the defence I think is improving (slowly) but we are being punished for the same mistakes. My concern is we have a painful run in where as things stand facing only 6 teams above us and the rest with the number of games they've played fighting for their place in the leauge. 3 months I've been waiting for a win at home and I'll be there Saturday cheering them on, for how long I'm there depends on how much the players show the desire to win I don't care what the result is as long as we win. (I'll be there at the end even if we lose if the players deserve my applause) 4-5-1 seems to be working if the players keep their heads up but if Madine isn't fit then I don't think we can't play it. Maybe we could consider a 4-4-1-1 and play Heffers or JJ as the offensive link up player off a point man maybe give Mellor a chance. UTO WTID
4evaOWL
I think Morrison is one of those players living off his reputation. I would play Heff or Mellor ahead of him all day long. Its clear his best days are behind him now and in all honesty unless he scores he does nothing much at all except moan alot.
baldowl
Don't forget he also backs in alot and falls over claiming for a foul that's never given! ;o) i wonder if Mellor's switch will be made perm in the summer or we'll just give him back. Have to agree that I think the best days are behind Morrison. I think Heff and Madine are worthy of their squad numbers but think we'll be looking for two new faces up front in the summer with obviously additions to the midfield and defence along with the expected clear out!
4evaOWL
Why when playing 5 in midfield did they get time and space to score 2 goals with long distance efforts? Surely it is a midfield problem, not a defence problem. That said although Beevers won most in the air, the defence still looks a little nervous, especially in possession with time!!
Bexy1977
well in the owls! agree morrison is a bag of ***** now and needs leaving at home now till the summer... heff would do just fine as lone striker if madine was injured! anyway 3 points lets look forward to another 3 on saturday if they pull there fingers out....UTO
catterickowl
We are getting goals scored against us from distance but that's a team issue. I couldn't single out the Defense of the Midfield, sometimes it's one or the other but can equally sometimes be a combination of them both. (Too long as a team we've been fragmented with people sherking their responsibilities, it's got to be defend and attack as a team!) It's getting to the ball and making a comitted but fair challenge to either get hold or get clear properly! I'm looking to the positives our defense is being turned less and less and that's due to the improved protection coming from the centre of the park. The first goal on Saturday was a good strike but we had chances for someone to put a foot through it! Potter and O'conner were never a solid guard in the centre and I'm thinking with what we have on the staff we are playing the right way! 7 out of 12 is a great improvement I just hope our home form improves on Saturday.
4evaOWL
To be fair their 1st goal took a deflection off Clinton Morrison and their 2nd was a peach of a strike but really apart from that we didnt get troubled.Wot iam worried about though is the amount of long distance goals we concede,Weaver seems 2 far from his net and gets beat too easy in my eyes.
ollyowl70
... have to agree with that, I think Weaver has been brilliant most of the season but his starting position recently especially since his stint as captain has crept further and further from the net being that he's got little or no trust in his defensive line and feels like he'll be called upon to clear the decks. Think he's gonna need more confidence to start to keep nearer the net and be the fabulous stopper and distributor we know he can be and has been.
4evaOWL
I have had the same thoughts on Weaver. Don't get me wrong, i'm not getting on his back as i think he is a good keeper but i can't help thinking if we still had Grant that he would of saved some of the long efforts. That is suppose is by the by but i wonder if Milan had bought us earlier, paying more for the club initially, would he have saved money that we will lose by not getting promoted and money lost from not playing in the Championship from sponsors, attendances etc etc ?.
markjswfc
Ifs buts and maybes, we are where we are and we need to deal with it, the sooner we get to grips with this league and get out of it the better, in MM and GM I trust, can't say the same for some of the players!!
sussexowl
 

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