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Southampton 2 - Wednesday 0

St Mary's, Southampton

19/03/11 - 5.20pm

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Southampton 2-0 Wednesday

Wednesday fell to their third league defeat on the spin at St Mary's as promotion-chasing Southampton made light work of the struggling Owls in front of the Sky TV cameras on Saturday evening.

The Owls held their hosts out in the first half but second-half strikes from Jose Fonte and Ricky Lambert saw Southampton complete a league 'double' over Wednesday.

The loss leaves Wednesday looking over their shoulders at another end-of-season relegation battle, with results elsewhere leaving them just four points off the bottom four.

Owls boss Gary Megson made a host of changes to the side that lost 4-1 at home against Peterborough United in midweek.

Young stopper Richard O'Donnell was given the nod in goal following an injury to regular number one Nicky Weaver, while centre-backs Rob Jones and Danny Batth, who both signed on loan from Scunthorpe and Wolves respectively earlier in the week, also started in a new-look back four. Paul Heffernan also replaced Jermaine Johnson to join Gary Madine in attack.

Wednesday found themselves just four points above the League One relegation places following the afternoon results and were desperate for a win. Southampton were keen for three points for very different reasons, as they looked to close the gap on the automatic promotion spots by completing a league 'double' against the Owls.

The visitors started relatively well, keeping Southampton out in the early exchanges and looking quite comfortable in the opening exchanges.

The Saints threatened first through Lambert when he superbly turned Batth and won a dangerous free-kick on the edge of the box, which he whipped towards goal and forced O'Donnell into an early save.

Wednesday were looking well organised though defensively and were forcing the hosts into long-range efforts, with Adam Lallana being forced inside before unleashing an effort which flew high and wide.

Hitting their hosts on the break seemed to be the Owls' game plan and they broke numerous times early on, only for the final ball to lack the required quality to find either Heffernan or Madine.

The Saints got a huge slice of luck and almost opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Richard Chaplow took advantage of the ball bouncing back into play from the corner flag by passing Mark Reynolds with ease on the by-line and pulling the ball back for Lallana to test O'Donnell.

Lallana was looking the biggest threat for Nigel Adkins' men and he tested O'Donnell again minutes later after bursting through the Owls midfield and launching an effort which deflected into the arms of the Owls stopper.

Wednesday responded and Gary Teale went racing down the right wing to provide a cross which Madine rose above his marker to meet but headed tamely wide.

The visitors were growing with confidence and Isaiah Osbourne came a whisker away from firing the Owls ahead just after the half-hour mark. The midfielder broke with the ball and Madine created space to allow the on-loan Aston Villa man a sight of goal and he shot inches wide to give the Saints their first real scare.

But the hosts finished the first half with a flourish, putting some pressure on the Owls goal late in the half, but the stubborn Wednesday defence didn't allow their hosts through and they were deservedly level at the break.

Half-Time: Saints 0-0 Wednesday

Wednesday forced an early corner in the second half but it was the Saints who had the first chance through skipper Dean Hammond. Hammond unleashed a superb effort which O'Donnell did brilliantly to save and keep the scores level.

Miller saw a free-kick blocked by the Southampton wall before play switched down the other end and Lee Barnard had an effort well blocked by Jones.

But from the resulting corner the Saints took the lead just before the hour mark through Fonte.

Owls boss Megson will have been disappointed at the manner of the goal, Fonte getting in front of Jones to power his header into the back of the net, giving O'Donnell no chance.

Wednesday were then forced into a change when Osbourne limped off injured, Jermaine Johnson coming on to take his place. It was a change the Owls would have made sooner, but the goal triggered a more attacking threat from the visitors.

But it had little change on proceedings as Saints, visibly lifted by the opener, doubled their advantage not long after.

Defensive problems came back to haunt Wednesday as Barnard got free of his marker inside the box and put Lambert in for a clinical finish to make it 2-0 and all-but seal the points for Wednesday.

It could have got worse for the Owls minutes later when Lallana hit the post as the hosts sensed another goal against the confidence-sapped Owls.

With 18 minutes to go Wednesday made their second change with captain Tommy Miller being replaced by Darren Potter, who had a loan spell with the Saints while he was a youngster at Liverpool.

Despite conceding two goals he could do little about, the performance of O'Donnell was one positive Wednesdayites could take from the game, and he produced another top-drawer save to deny Alex Chamberlain in the 77th-minute, palming away a curling effort from the in-deman 17-year-old.

Wednesday made their final change with ten minutes to go when James O'Connor came on to replace Teale.

The visitors kept plugging away to try and get back into the game and Potter whipped a cross in which Jones met with his head but the ball was comfortably saved by Kelvin Davies.

Coke also zipped a powerful low effort wide of goal with two minutes to go.

But Wednesday faced the long journey back to South Yorkshire with nothing to show for their efforts and needing points to haul themselves away from a relegation battle.

Full-Time: Southampton 2-0 Wednesday




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Date:Saturday March 19 2011

Time: 7:13PM

Your Comments

dire. we will be lucky to win another game this season. we are totally negative and don't attack with any purpose. we don't deserve to take anything out of games at the moment. i'm not impressed with the players at all but megson most certainly is not sending them out to win games. we had both centre halves and the goalkeeper making their debuts in the same game and that wasn't all enforced upon us. we have lost the plot as a club completely. i heard mandaric saying this week that megson would have carte blanche to do as he wishes this summer, well we may be in league 2 by then. i think we have made the wrong appointment as absolutely nothing has changed at all, it might be best to admit asap and start from scratch
Hirsty's Shinpads
we were rubbish again hardly any shots on goal midfield totally inafective gave the ball away all the time and created nothing.
beverley owl
I thought first half we ok though when had possession didn't keep it well. No real chances apart from osbourne effort. Madine looks good and holds up but no one got any spark flair. Really concerned. Defence was better I thought and keeper did ok. Gary teale is useless no decent balls into the box can't beat a player. Hope we stay up at min I am very worried. I do like megson but don't look great does it. Lose next week he may be out of a job.
jamesc1905
Y'see I don't think we deserved to lose the game - we need to get real... you can't go away to someone like Southampton and just go attacking them from word go. First half we looked steady and the only problem in the second half was the slice of luck we didn't get. I'm just as pessimistic as the next wednesdayite most of the time, but I really feel that it's coming. Let's get behind the lads and get some wins in on the board!
s5owl
Felt sori for Heffers today cos he kept running and looking for the ball and wen received it passed sum decent balls around the field,it just didnt fall rite for him to show wot he can do.Wud like to see the same stikeforce pairing agen.Thought new lads did well and O'donnell did well and cud nothing bout the goals.Wot i dont get is we are losing 2-0 and he replaces 2 midfielders with 2 midfielders,surely it wud av made sense to bring an extra striker on and go 3 at the back and go for it,think he hasnt a clue wot to do and im still goin with wot i sed that he isnt the rite man for the job.Bring on the Daggers
ollyowl70
Agree with you s5owl (but do think we deserved to lose marginally based on the 2nd half display). When the half-time whistle went you wouldn't have known who was top half or bottom half in the table. The midfield (apart from Osbourne) were poor today and Osbourne was brought in to sit in front of the defence which he did but he was also the main player trying to drive forward and support. Didn't realise Miller was playing!!
TheDon1974
end of the season cant come quick enough. 1 or 2 good points in an otherwise dire performance. thought osbourne was very good, keeper did well, the 2 new centre backs looked encouraging. sick of having my weekends ruined, roll on the final whistle on game 46.
DEZZYP
Do u think we need to get a loan keeper in??????????????????
ollyowl70
think we were very poor attacking wise today teale and reynolds are terrible we have no creativity and no attacking threat thought o'donnell did well on his debut and osbourne again was are best player r jones looked very slow but good in the air and batth did'nt look to bad either think we could do with a loan striker
retfordowl1867
we are really in the shiznit now aren't we. Thought we did ok but gave the ball away constantly and didn't really test their keeper at all. At halftime I was praying for a similar performance next half and maybe pinching a point... should have been realistic though and remembered we were on feckin Sky!!! we never win on feckin Sky!!! Osbourne was by far our best player but Heffer and Madinio didn't really get anything to work with. O'donnell did ok between the sticks, looked confident and was shouting alot... Personally I think the season is way too long for the poor players and thus should finish about now.... twitchy bum time from now until the end of season. I too am not sure GM is our man(although I do like the guy), hope to god he proves me wrong. I just wish I could stop watchin cause I'm fed up of it ruining my weekend but it would appear I'm clinically insane, UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
only positive out of that pile of crap was the fact that richard 0'donnell looked like a good keeper and was fairly confident. other than that , totally rubbish and wouldnt be suprised if we were relegated after that performance
SWFC_LUKE
We look absolutely devoid of ideas! It's just so depressing and can't see where when or even if it will improve!
Bexy1977
Totally agree with SWFC_LUKE and Hirsty's Shinpads. Looks like we have employed yet another "nice guy" manager. I like him but he does not inspire me at all , so god knows what he sayís to the players. These guys need a rocket up there arse. So frustrating. Cant believe people on here are saying that we didnít deserve to lose the game and that we played ok??? We were absolutely appalling!! When Teale was not kicking the ball out of play we were watching them attack. Very lack lustre and looked like we knew we were beaten from kick off. I donít understand how you can go into every game with heads down and not attack. No doubt Heff will be dropped as he didnít score and we will go back to playing boring negative 4-5-1. Well done O'Donnell some great saves...and JJ what is wrong with you. Clearly not interested in playing for us anymore.
joseph10
s5owl i agree southampton are a decent team but in general we don't really attack any team with any real intent. i was happy enough with the first half performance but then we need to build on that in the 2nd half and we didn't. osbourne's work ethic, tackling and running was good but like the rest of the team his passing was simply atrocious, how can we pass the ball into touch or cross beyond anyone in the box repeatedly when under no pressure as happened numerous times in the first half?!
Hirsty's Shinpads
$hit! I'm taking up cricket!
Owls That!
Were crap, mm u may as well if thrown that money on the fire, you've invested in dog crap, if we lose but yet fight for it, I don't mind is shows the players want to play for us, bu they don't, they don't care, I think the only player who can hold his head high at the moment is heff, I dint think we will go down, it will be close and I can't wait for the transfer window, I'd release the lot of them!
OWL25
Hirsty I agree with you too, our attacking performance was hardly wonderful. Thing is is whether we're 16th in League One or had we been great all season and we were still top of the table destroying every team in front of us, Southampton away would've still been a difficult game to come away from unscathed so I think we need to put it into context. I realise our attack showed very little but I honestly believe if a bit of confidence gets through the team we can improve. Chin up lads, at least the scum are struggling aswell!
s5owl
And still a manager who wen losing doesnt go for attacking formation jus swaps midfielders 4 midfielders wen we have a striker (well Mellor)on bench,kind of reminds me of certain other manager/s we've sacked.
ollyowl70
A few Statistics for you guys:- 1 P23 34pts GD+12 2points below playoffs 2 P26 35pts GD+6 7points below playoffs 3 P36 43pts GD-4 18points below playoffs The different stats: 1=Purse's last game; 2=Irvine's last game; 3=Now I said at the time:- Get of Purse and Irvine's backs and support them and the team. Are the boo-boys and the rest that hurled abuse at these guys now happy? Do you think we would be in this position now if those two (and the rest of the team!) had been given the support they deserved. I, for one, believe that the so called fans again have a lot to answer for! And it is not the first time this has happened with this club either! Best fans in the land - who are we trying to kid?
Sivadam
GOOD POINT SIVADAM!
TheDon1974
Not one for getting rid of managers but I think Megson isn't going to be taking us up a league and I'm also starting to realise why Bolton Wanderers fans disliked him. I like Megson as a manager because he's passionate. But the tactics are basically hit Madine and hope for the best. Think there are no signs of any change.
SheffWed93
Our stats since we lost Irvine:- P10 W2 D2 L6 Pts7 F10 A20. (Not inc Cup!) And many of you guys wanted shut of Purse & Irvine? Well you got your wish and now you know the results of that massive error!
Sivadam
totally agree sivadam. I never wanted rid of either cos i had a feeling we would end up far worse off, which we have. the stats are truly frightening but unfortunately it won't stop them that launch these campaigns
Hirsty's Shinpads
I find many Wednesdayite's to be disgracefully two-faced. Get a backbone people, those who pushed Purse and Irvine out the door should put their hands up. We were never going anywhere under Alan Irvine... number one: he had adequate time and a strong enough squad to keep us in the Championship last season. number two: he was completely useless in League 1 this season and made a real mess of January signings. Whether or not Meggo is the right man, Alan Irvine certainly wasn't. The reason there's so much disparity in S6 is because we put ourselves down - Wednesday have amazing fans who put up with a lot more than many other clubs, so stop telling us we're crap and get behind the team. The only way forward is if everyone is united. Remember the saying... 'We are Wednesday. Forward together.'? But let's put something straight - Wednesday's recent demise has been in absolutely no way down to the fans. We've stuck behind them through thick and thin. The oafs that get appointed to represent us on the field have let US down. We've let no-one down. Get a grip.
s5owl
Your right s5owl, Irvine was taking us knowwhere, his football was driving people away from Hillsborough, everytime i hear anybody in the media or on telly talking about us, they always say can't understand it, your team is a championship team, they should'nt be struggling like they are, which brings me to my point, i personally believe the players want us to go down, somethings happened in the club which some or most off the players don't like, and they are taking out on us. So what could it be, Irvine been sacked, don't think so, M.M taking over, could be, or Megson taking charge, well one things for sure some of these player are not performing like i know they can, so something upset them anybody else feel the same.
ecco owl
Irvine needed to go... As for Purse he is a Millwall fan and was out of contract at end of season I bet he was jumping at the chance to join them. He was never really consistant and had high wages I think wednesday jumped at the opportunity to get rid. Good move for everyone.
SheffWed93
Ecco owl. To say that the players are deliberately taking us down is as daft a comment as I have ever seen on here, and there have been a few. Your entitled to your opinion as am I. You are frustrated and are looking for a reason why the team are not performing. THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH end of chat. Jermaine Johnson was a complete waste of a sub. Then at 2-0 down lets see what we did. Harry Potter came on, another waste of a shirt, Des O'Conner, tries hard but not good enough. The two new signings. Danny Bahht, too slow, turning circle of the QE2. Rob jones, 6'7" and getting beat in the air, whats that all about. Thought he had a decent game then watched it again, beaten for the corner for the first goal, beaten by Lambert (the 2nd goalscorer) for the header in the build up and didnt track back with Lambert, just jogged into the box. So on reflection not upto it. Basic errors at the back, again and again. Osborne the only outfield player to come out with any credit. Reynolds and Morrison awful, Coke on a different planet. Have we still got a reserve team, or a youth squad. Why are non of these players good enough to step in?
fed_up_owl
Saying Irvine and purse shouldnt have gone is the easiest thing in the world to say, the truth is irvine had lost the plot, once you stop winning at home to teams with 9 or 10 men, you know its time to go. What we didnt do correctly was hire the right replacement for irvine. i found megsons interviews refreshing at first, but his whole 'im a fan' and 'we are a huge club' is starting to wear a little thin on me. not at all keen on him naming individual players either after making a mistake, he must be a nightmare to work for. But, despite my doubts im not one to call for a managers head so early, always think a year is a good length of time to assess. its actually funny if you look at the league table, all the attractive footballing sides are in the top 6, all the long ball riff-raff are in the bottom half. anyways, i hope to see the back of most of this team in the summer.....why is supporting this great club of ours such hard work at times?
DEZZYP
fed_up-owl. To say that the players are not up to it, is the most foolish comment i've ever seen on here for years, and there has been many, i know your entitled to your opinion as i'am. I know your disappointed and looking to why we are playing so bad, but to say that we should put the reserve team instead of the first team is just mad, have you seen the reserve teams results this season, end of conversation.
ecco owl
Just back from the South thought I'd make a weekend of the long trip being that I use to live that way of the world. Watched the game and was fairly happy to make it to half-time without much issue. Was a mixture of good and bad points really, the drop in centres-halfs look like an improvement to me, I think O'Donnell did really well for his first time in the shirt as did Batth and Jones. I felt however that those who played outside of the them gave us and overall negative approach, that's not their fault that's just how we were geared to play. Teale was looking for way too much time on the ball and frustrated me time and time again and Coke playing wide never fills me with confidence. (Having said that I'm really glad we had Issaih in the middle.) As for Paul I really felt for him the number of times I saw him make perfectly timed runs off the shoulder of the last defender without the ball even being attempted to put him in was so depressing. WTID survival is now the only focus!!! UTO
4evaOWL
...Oh wanted to make one very clear point having reviewed the footage on BBC website my conclusion stands firm on the first goal and how I saw it the first time on the day! Jones wasn't to blame! Both loan player Batth and Jones had a good game in difficult circumstance. (Ok The "Bart man" picked up a booking when he was stripped by skill but if he'd let him go and a goal had come from it so early we'd have faced a drubbing!) It was clear who should have picked the goal scorer up and he just let him go and do what he wanted... I wont name him but watch the footage!! You'll see how he was brushed off and let the attacker do what he wanted oh and look at who Jones looks at after the goal if you still can't work it out...!! WTID
4evaOWL
 

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