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Wednesday 1-3 Brentford

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Hillsborough, Sheffield

29/03/11 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 14,797


Wednesday's woeful home form continued on Tuesday night as Brentford completed a league 'double' over the Owls with a convincing 3-1 victory at Hillsborough.

It took just three minutes for Michael Spillane to fire the Bees ahead but Rob Jones responded with his first goal in the blue and white stripes just ten minutes later to get the hosts on level terms. Loanee Jeffrey Schlupp restored Brentford's lead and Sam Saunders' strike with eight minutes to win sealed the win for the visitors.

The defeat piles more misery on Wednesday, who've failed to bag a league win at home this year, and leaves them just four points above the npower League One relegation places.

Despite being pleased with Wednesday's performance in the 1-1 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge at the weekend, Owls boss Gary Megson made four changes to his starting eleven.

Lewis Buxton and Tommy Spurr came in at the back, in place of Michael Morrison and Mark Reynolds, whole Isaiah Osbourne replaced Tommy Miller in midfield and Paul Heffernan joined the attack, with Chris Sedgwick making way.

Megson also emphasised the importance of his side defending set pieces well but his men were behind after just three minutes from a Brentford corner kick.

Nathan Byrne swung the corner over and Spillane rose highest to power his header beyond Owls stopper Richard O'Donnell and into the back of the net to give the Bees the perfect start to the game.

Wednesday needed a response and they got one, with Madine smashing a header just over the bar from an Osbourne cross before Jones grabbed the leveller in the 13th minute.

The tall centre-back, on loan from Scunthorpe, had seen an effort deflected wide for a corner, but he made no mistake with his second effort as he beat Brentford stopper Trevor Carson to get the hosts on level terms.

Wednesday had the momentum and they needed it to continue to get their noses in front, but, in almost typical fashion at S6 in recent months, Wednesday let their hard work go to waste as the Bees swarmed in to restore their lead.

It came after 18 minutes as Byrne produced a fine ball for Schlupp, on-loan from Leicester City, to bury for his third goal in two games for his new club.

The Owls were dealt another blow just five minutes later as Jones was forced off following a clash of heads and Jon Otsemobor came on in his place in defence.

The visitors were content to sit back on their lead and hit the confidence-sapped Wednesday defence on the break, and their plan was working well.

Wednesday did have more of the ball as the first half wore on but they lacked any quality in getting through Brentford's stubborn defence.

The closest the hosts came was a Darren Potter free-kick which flew harmlessly over the bar and Brentford looked good for their 2-1 lead at the interval.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-2 Brentford

Wednesday no doubt got a half-time hammering from Megson at the interval and it seemed to work, for the first few minutes or so at least.

Keen to get back on level terms, Carson had to be alert to deny Madine with a fine save and then Craig Woodman was the hero has he cleared Gary Teale's resulting effort off the line.

It was a big moment in the game, with Brentford then settling back into their game and allowing their opponents few chances in front of goal.

It forced Megson into a double change before the hour mark, with Clinton Morrison and Jermaine Johnson coming on to replace Heffernan and Potter respectively.

Megson will have wanted a more attacking threat from his men as a result but it hardly came.

Johnson did look lively in parts and saw a shot well blocked by Karleigh Osborne, but he too struggled to find a way through the Bees defence.

He zipped another effort wide of goal but chances were coming too few and far between to cause the visitors any great concern, while the 14,797 Owls fans, one of the lowest gates in recent times at S6, started to stream out of the stadium.

If their mind hadn't been made up, it probably was with eight minutes to go when substitute Sam Saunders came on and added Brentford's third to seal their victory and make it another painful 90 minutes viewing at S6 for Wednesdayites.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-3 Brentford

Date:Tuesday March 29 2011
Time: 10:40PM


29/03/2011 22:41:00
owlswfc pretty much says it all. if we dont win one of our next 2 home games i think super milans trigger finger might start getting a bit twitchy.
29/03/2011 23:02:00
It's scary how bad that was, scary. Milan has never been known to wait around...
29/03/2011 23:04:00
The trouble is dezzy mandaric has made some moronic decisions. Prob the first was investing in us. Though seriously Irvine should never been allowed cash spend terrible signings esp lad Reynolds he is awful was skinned to bits sat by a dag+ red player everytime. Then to sack him after allowing him to spend money never made sense and hiring megson. Well if sat and tonight and most other performances are to go by then we have clearly got the wrong man yet again. Mandaric, sack him let him take the majority of the squad with him put mcauley in charge or boothroyd impact till end season go from there. These lot are bloody pathetic a disgrace I except low confidence but come on this is beyond a joke now. Mandaric make wrong right and do it tmrw morning.
29/03/2011 23:12:00
i couldnt get down tonight, glad though now. listened to it on player, even the commentaters said it was turd. never in my life have i wanted a season to end before until this season, roll on summer time.
29/03/2011 23:28:00
Are we going down? i cant believe it
29/03/2011 23:57:00
He's had what 13 games now? We are worse than when Irvine was here, the players are clearly not playing for him, prob due to the fact that he has done nothing other than slate them from the minute he came in( admittedly they have not given him anything to praise them for but sometimes you have to make them think they are better than they are) I am normally the last on a managers back but I think MM has made a mistake here. Irvine didn't know his best team and got the boot, megson has now played 24 players since being here and we are still no nearer to knowing our best 11. Irvines football was dire to watch but this is worse. IMO we have gone backwards and we now face a massive week, one team allways ends up in the sh@t and it is looking increasingly like that team could be us.
30/03/2011 09:30:00
I left at the showing of the board by the fourth official as I'd waited for the mass crowd exit to subside!! The pain was all to familiar and I was left with those around me on the brink of Hysteria. I can't believe the complete change from the weekend, I understand you may need to swap your style of play home and away if you aren't good enough to play the same for both but why swap so much. While driving to the ground I heard the team sheet and I was already fearing the worst! The justification was that Megson wanted more quality on the ball to play more attacking football front to back and he promised a fast paced attacking start to the game... That is almost confirming that we'll be scored against first and early on! I'm starting to feel like a confused prozzie I'm paying my hard earned cash to get violated over and over again! WTID
30/03/2011 10:21:00
awful right from the start why the hell was potter on the right wing ? Osbourne was terrible and teale is useless the games vs walsall bristol rovers swindon and tranmere are must wins am worried we are that poor league 2 looks very likely anybody want a season ticket for the remaining games ?
30/03/2011 10:25:00
The irony is that we nearly went under, nearly got the big point deduction, instead we were saved, things looked promising, and then we let a baffoon spend money on crap and now were staring relegation in the face!! Really all I can do is laugh, Ive shed enough tears and time on this club, no more now, I'm gonna laugh all the way to league 2 (division 4).
30/03/2011 10:45:00
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