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Peterborough United

Hillsborough, Sheffield

15/03/11 - 7.45pm



Another home game, another defeat for Wednesday as promotion-chasing Peterborough United eased to an emphatic 4-1 victory at Hillsborough in npower League One.

A brace of goals from George Boyd and strikes from Craig Mackail-Smith and Lee Tomlin saw Posh complete a league 'double' over the Owls, who had just a Paul Heffernan consolation strike to show for their efforts.

The loss continued Wednesday's unwanted home record, which has seen them fail to win in the league at home for over three months - since the thrashing of Bristol Rovers back in early December.

Wednesday boss Gary Megson made a big six changes to the side that lost 1-0 at Hillsborough against Notts County at the weekend.

Gary Madine was deemed fit enough to return in attack, while Tommy Spurr, Richard Hinds and Mark Reynolds returned to the Owls' defence and Jermaine Johnson and Giles Coke came into the midfield. Isaiah Osbourne was also deemed fit enough to start despite picking up a knock against the Magpies.

It meant the Owls reverted to their 4-5-1 formation favoured under Megson, with Johnson supporting Madine in attack, as opposed to the 4-4-2 formation which failed to reap the rewards at the weekend.

The game started in sluggish fashion, with neither side threatening in front of goal in the opening stages.

But the Owls were dealt a blow just ten minutes in when Mark Beevers was forced off following a clash of heads, Daniel Jones coming on and moving to left-back, with Reynolds partnering Richard Hinds in the centre of the Owls defence.

Both sides were cancelling each other out but Owls skipper Tommy Miller created the first spark when he burst through the Posh defence but Grant McCann put the ball out for a corner.

Miller's creativity lifted the hosts and McCann's loose ball was seized upon by Jermaine Johnson minutes later and Miller played a neat one-two with Madine but the Owls striker couldn't get a shot away.

For Darren Ferguson's men, McCann was the creative spark and his superb long-ball got Craig Mackail-Smith away but the striker saw his effort deflected to safety.

Richard Hinds almost got lucky when an intended cross headed towards goal and Posh stopper Joe Lewis had to tip it over the bar.

Wednesday had looked comfortable early on but, in similar circumstances to Notts County on Saturday, the visitors took the lead somewhat out of the blue.

Posh looped a ball over the top and Mackail-Smith got on the end of it before lashing a half volley beyond Owls stopper Nicky Weaver and into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead after 24 minutes.

Wednesday's heads dropped but they had a chance to get back into it when Johnson broke and put Teale in and the winger crossed in with the aim of finding Madine, but the Posh defenders cleared the danger for a corner.

Peterborough hit back immediately from the corner on the break, with some superb counter-attacking play giving Lee Tomlin the chance to lob Weaver with a cool finish and double the visitors' lead before half-time.

Wednesday's confidence was battered and Posh added a third before the interval as the Owls' defence simply collapsed.

This time it was George Boyd taking advantage of more calamity defending from the hosts, putting Peterborough into a 3-0 lead before half-time.

It ended a miserable half for Wednesday and Megson no doubt had some strong words for his men at the interval.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-3 Posh

Megson made just the one change at the interval with striker Paul Heffernan joining the attack alongside Madine, taking the place of Johnson.

And Wednesday made their intentions clear when Coke struck an effort on goal high over the bar minutes after the restart.

The Owls should have got a goal back through Miller following a good cross to the far post which Teale headed back for the Owls skipper to volley towards goal but the Posh defender got the block in to concede a corner.

The deficit was reduced on 51 minutes when Madine slipped a neat ball across the six-yard box and Heffernan smashed the ball into the back of the net to give the hosts a glimmer of hope of something from the game.

It raised the tempo from the hosts and Wednesday saw claims for a penalty waved away just a minute later.

Things could have got better for the Owls when Heffernan found the back of the net for a second time, only for the officials to chalk it off due to Coke, who provided Heffernan with the ball, to be deemed offside.

Posh had a goal of their own chalked off just five minutes later when Ryan Bennett tucked the ball away but was adjudged to be offside.

The visitors seemingly looked happy to sit back on their lead but Wednesday continued to push to try and find a way firmly back into the contest.

With just over 20 minutes to go Daniel Jones got free and lashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal but no Wednesday attacker could get on the end of it.

Peterborough still posed a threat on the counter-attack thought but Wednesday's defence looked more stubborn in the second half.

Wednesday made their second change and brought on Darren Potter to replace Hinds, going with a three-man defence in the latter stages.

But any hope of Wednesday getting back into the game were killed off with ten minutes to go when Posh added their fourth.

It came in tame fashion, and it was one Weaver will be keen to forget in a hurry as he failed to deal with a shot from Boyd and palmed the ball into the back of the net to all-but seal the visitors' win.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-4 Posh

Date:Tuesday March 15 2011
Time: 9:45PM


List players to go: Weaver JOC POTTER MILLER JONES HINDS TEALE SEDGWICK TEALE C.MORRISN MELLOR OTSEMEBOR JJ Glad I don't live in Sheffield, and have to watch this. I doubt i'll make another game and it looks like the players have not turned up again. We are worse than a pub team. Megson should be sacked tonight had no effect at all. Mandaric has made a mistake in hiring him. Worse thing to do was let Irvine near the cheque book should sacked him straight away.
15/03/2011 21:50:00
sack em all, start again!
15/03/2011 21:54:00
This is getting beyond a joke, we are now officially a laughing stock!!! I would just sack them all tonight and play the kids, or the ladies team, at least they would show some commitment
15/03/2011 21:59:00
Not much to say apart from just sodding sick of it. Quite frankly I got better things to do with my Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings and from now on I will be doing them instead, the team dont give to flips. I wouldnt sack Megson though jamesc1905 mate. Lets face it ya cant make s:#t shine no matter how much ya polish it and hes inherited one great big steaming pile of it. He needs a chance with a new team then lets judge him. Feel deflated and let down tonight, Im speaking from the heart when I say Ive just had enough of it.
15/03/2011 23:33:00
15/03/2011 23:41:00
15/03/2011 23:41:00
so bad it posted my comment twice!
15/03/2011 23:42:00
Painful to listen to, can't imagine how much it hurt to watch! It's hard being a Wednesday out of the country, but it must be even harder to put down good money for the show! I agree that Megson needs a chance with a decent side. I say cut out the deadwood this summer, hope M.M. will throw some scratch for a good squad (I gotta say I really feel for the man, right about now), and make the team match the caliber of the fans. Utter rubbish what we're putting up with. WTID
Colorado Owl
16/03/2011 03:33:00
GM will pick you up some quality players absolutely the man can spot a player. Tragically he is Manager and not chief scout, once he has got them on board he will destroy their confidence and play them out of position, and then blame them for not doing a job. I am sure in spite of GM you will stay up, but fear that with him at the helm you have a number of years in that division. Good luck, funny how witht he same players and a little man management we have a trip to wembley and sitting 7th in the Prem (actually GM thinks this is because of him).
16/03/2011 09:13:00
It was like being stabbed repeatedly Colorado... The second that Daniel Jones came on I knew that my hope for limiting the scoring went out the door. I don't normally mention players by name or single any man out but last night when Beavers left the pitch and he came on we effectively played with a back three and not an experiend or very good one at that. Daniel's natural game when playing left back is to pass Teale or whoever he's playing behind and head for the box, unfortunately we can't and shouldn't play like that against the leauges highest scorers DJ is just not a good defender (Megson could have told him however to concentrate on his defensive responsibilities instead of letting him play his way!)... The writing was on the wall after the enforced change. The first goal was a calm finsih but the goal was made when Jones made no contact on an attempted clearence and the Posh with laughable ease bypassed the centre-backs to provide a 1 on 1 with Weaver and it went down hill from there. We had something to cheer as the team having already effectively lost the match came out in the second half and played some attacking football but it didn't last for to long and although Paul got himself a goal and nearly a second the Posh's 4th ended the game. Ref shocking, Wednesday terrible and fans heartbroken not looking forward to watching Saturday but if they play better away from home again my suggestion would be to MM to give all the fans 25 to stay home and play the next home game behind closed doors. WTID
16/03/2011 09:23:00
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