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Dag & Red 1-1 Wednesday

Dagenham & Redbridge
1 - 1

Victoria Road

26/03/11 - 1pm

Attendance: 3,549


Wednesday were forced to settle for a share of the spoils at Victoria Road in a controversial League One clash with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Gary Teale fired the Owls ahead in the first half but the Daggers grabbed a point through a controversial Danny Green spot-kick with ten minutes to go.

Owls boss Gary Megson was also sent to the stands in a game which leaves Wednesday just four poinsts above the relegation places.

Megson made three changes to the side that lost at Southampton last time out. New loan signing Joey O'Brien came into the Owls midfield, as did Darren Potter and Chris Sedgwick. Lee Nicholls, another loan addition, had to make do with a place on the bench with Richard O'Donnell picked to continue in goal.

The game started in scrappy fashion, with neither side stamping their authority on proceedings in the opening exchanges.

It was a bit of a midfield battle, but it played to Wednesday's advantage and they foumd the breakthrough with their first real threatening attack in the 17th-minute.

The Owls have become more of a threat from set-pieces, especially with the arrival of centre-back Rob Jones, and his height played a key role when Michael Morrison's long throw-in into the Daggers box allowed him to flick the ball into the path of Teale, who made no mistake in giving the visitors the lead.

The Owls looked happy to try and sit back on their lead and the hosts hit back with plenty of possession play but struggled to break through a resolute Wednesday defence.

Chances were few and far between for the hosts, Bas Savage having one good opportunity from a loose ball following a corner from the home side but O'Donnell came racing from his goal to stop the danger.

Daggers skipper Mark Arber had another opportunity from a corner kick but kicked fresh air after totally mis-judging the path of the ball.

The Daggers did have the ball in the back of the net before half-time but saw it chalked off by the referee after he had deemed O'Donnell to be fouled inside the box following a long ball forward by Damien McCrory which rolled over the line.

Half-Time: Daggers 0-1 Wednesdsay

Wednesday will have been keen to find a second goal to put them in command of the game and on course for three points, and they started the second half with attacking intent.

Teale almost connected with a Chris Sedgwick cross a few minutes after the restart but the ball just evaded him.

The Daggers upped their game and enjoyed more of the possession, with Wednesday's stubborn defence holding out.

When the hosts did find a way through they also found O'Donnell in good form, the youngster saving well to deny Jon Nurse in the 55th minute.

Wednesday struggled to create much in front of goal in the second half but they also looked more than capable of stopping their hosts finding an equaliser.

That was until ten minutes to go when the Daggers, who went into the game on the back of five games without a loss, won a controversial penalty.

The referee adjudged Sedgwick to have handled a Darren Currie-struck shot inside the box and the man in black had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Green stepped up and made no mistake with the spot-kick to get the hosts on level terms.

The Owls almost regained the lead instantly but Tony Roberts made a superb save to deny Potter from long-range.

The Owls also had claims for a penalty of their own but the officials waved away the protests, much to the annoyance of Megson, who was sent to the stands for carrying his protests on too far.

The Owls will have been disappointed not to hold on for maximum points, but the point could well prove a handy one in the battle against the drop.

Full-Time: Daggers 1-1 Wednesday

Date:Sunday March 27 2011
Time: 9:01PM

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Dull, boring and utterly depressing. I always like to give mangers a chance but don’t believe that Megson is the right guy for this job . His track record is proven, defensive 4-5-1 long ball crap, making every game a scrap in midfield is not what I personally want to see at this club. Im sure he would love to put 10 defenders throughout the 2012 season if he could. Players for once were not at fault (for their ability) OK the referee was the worst I have seen all season but if our biggest goal threat is going to be from a throw in then we have problems. We battled hard, but with a game that we need to win, with the score at 1-1 we make no sub’s!! leave one up front and leave Heff on the bench yet again!! and then go defensive. A million miles away from our 1st game of the season when we were poor but won 2-0!! To say we got rid of Irvine because he was driving fans away then this guy is going to leave our stadium empty.. If this is the style of football Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is going to adopt then I will reluctantly decline my season ticket next year. p.s. Guy’s can we please remove the poll “Can Wednesday still achieve the play-offs this season “
27/03/2011 22:20:00
We did make a sub m8,oconnor 4 thk was sedgewick/miller.Agree with rest of comment 100% m8
27/03/2011 22:26:00
Oh n buxton for reynolds.
27/03/2011 22:34:00
Olly... O'Connor for Miller in the 92nd minute... hardly going to do much is he. Agree with Joseph Megson praised us yesterday which proves we are long ball 1 man up front. How Sheffield Wednesday can go to Dag & Red and play defensivly is an embarrasment. I don't like getting rid of managers but it is so blatently obvious we are going no where. And by praising us yesterday just highlights the fact we are not doing anything next year and long balls is all we can expect.
27/03/2011 22:43:00
I could also understand that it was a penalty. We would have been screaming for it if was reversed right? As for players like M. Morrison (Who won League 1 with Leicester) M. Reynolds (Turned down £800,000 from Rangers for him) Madine (Probably the only player who has looked decent) ...I think they're all clearly low on confidence... and telling them to hoof it to Madine will solve nothing just make it worse. I wish we'd listened to these Bolton fans because the whole reason they was so annoyed is because they had a team with so much potential and they were clearly right by where they are sitting now...
27/03/2011 22:50:00
Just before Irvine left, we were shipping goals at an alarming rate. I can understand Megson playing a more defensive route now and trying to build a platform to then play from but just hope this isn't the way forward next season!!
27/03/2011 23:25:00
thankfully pur next 3 games are at home to pretty average teams.....actually thats a bad thing these days. we need to make our games in hand count now, only 4 points clear.......dire!!!!
27/03/2011 23:37:00
If we can get 3 or 4 points from our next three games then this would put us in a much stronger position!
28/03/2011 00:16:00
This is exactly how Megson played at Bolton. Nothing will change. Dezzy... Next 3 games are "average"... Brentford who beat us, Colchester who drew with us but are a decent side in this league and Tranmere who beat us 3-0 a month ago. So expect the same long balls and defensive formation (Which still concedes). We could have the best footballing side in the division if we had a non-defensive manager. We have gone back not forward. Megson Out!
28/03/2011 08:21:00
I understand we had a lot of bookings in this game - have we suddenly become a lot tougher or was this yet another example of shocking referreeing?
28/03/2011 09:40:00
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