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Wednesday 4-0 Tranmere Rovers

4 - 0
Tranmere Rovers

Hillsborough, Sheffield

05/04/11 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 15,235


Wednesday's tragic home form since the turn of the year looked a distant memory tonight as the Owls stormed to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers at Hillsborough.

The Owls were without a win in npower League One in 2011 before they swept aside Colchester United in S6 at the weekend, and they followed it up with an even better showing against Rovers which will all-but end any lingering relegation fears for Gary Megson and his men.

Tommy Miller bagged a brace while Gary Madine got on the scoresheet and Neil Mellor made it three goals in two games in a game which the hosts were in control of from the very first whistle.

Megson stuck with the same starting eleven that defeated Colchester at the weekend, with Saturday's two-goal hero Mellor continuing his partnership with Madine in attack. Defender Rob Jones wasn't fit enough to return to the squad.

Wednesday will have been keen to hit the ground running following Saturday's win and they started the game with a high tempo, looking to pin Rovers back in their own half early on.

The breakthrough came after just ten minutes when Miller fired home from close range. Gary Teale produced a deep cross which Mellor headed back across goal and the Owls skipper powered home from point-blank range to give the Owls the lead.

The early goal acted as another confidence booster for Wednesday and they started to enjoy their football at Hillsborough, rather than look like they'd never played together before.

The lead was soon doubled, with Mellor again being the provider after getting on the scoresheet with a brace of his own against the U's.

The Owls top scorer fed Madine, who lashed his shot across Rovers stopper Tony Warner and into the back of the net to give the hosts a two-goal cushion inside just 15 minutes.

Mellor had only just regained his first team place at the weekend but he was central to all of Wednesday's attacking play.

He had a big hand in the third after just 22 minutes when he was felled inside the penalty box by Michael Kay to give Miller the chance to double his personal tally for the evening. And he made no mistake to put Wednesday in cruise control midway through the first half.

With Wednesday it seems that anything is possible in a season to forget, but at 3-0 the game looked as good as won for the hosts.

The Owls were comfortable on their lead, and comfortable in possession, while Rovers already looked like a beaten side before the half-time whistle had even been blown.

Half-Time: Wednesday 3-0 Tranmere

The second half was a pretty sluggish affair on the whole, but Wednesday did look to add to their tally.

Defender Danny Batth almost grabbed his first Owls goal just minutes after the restart but he saw his header well saved, and from the resulting corner Madine also tested the Rovers stopper but couldn't double his personal tally for the night.

Tranmere looked poor throughout and showed little sign of a comeback. Rovers eased by Wednesday in the reverse fixture at Prenton Park, winning 3-0.

But they looked a shadow of that side, while the Owls showed a vast improvement.

Rovers captain John Welsh had a rare opportunity for the visitors but he shot over the bar when he perhaps should have done better for the travelling Tranmere supporters.

With the points all-but in the bag, Megson started to make changes to his eleven, with Chris Sedgwick and Joey O'Brien coming on in place of Teale and two-goal captain Miller respectively.

Sedgwick almost made an immediate impact when he slotted Mellor through on goal with one of his first touches, but although the striker found the back of the net his effort was chalked off for offside.

Jermaine Johnson came close to adding a fourth, but Mellor did manage to get on the scoresheet just a minute before full-time.

Scoring his third in two games, Mellor latched on to a ball and went round Warner before slotting the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle to complete a fine night for Wednesday.

Full-Time: Wednesday 4-0 Tranmere

Date:Tuesday April 5 2011
Time: 10:13PM

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Safe!!! Top result top performance and get mellor signed he was awesome tonight ! Well done and let's try and finish in the top half! Wtid.
05/04/2011 22:20:00
To all you James o connor haters out there he was outstanding tonight, as was mellor , sign him up mr megson!!!!
05/04/2011 22:50:00
what a great performance! mellor was outstanding and i agree JOC was awesome tonight. lets finish the season with a bit of momentum and enjoyment!
05/04/2011 23:51:00
What has happened in the last 2 games?, was it all Milan's speech before the Us game, he is either a great motivation speaker or threatened them all with the sack? Anyway this is a critical point in SWFC history, how Megson analyses the last 2 performances and sustains this is going to be critical. Also, I feel having SUFC in L1 next season should be another key motivating factor.
06/04/2011 08:05:00
Mellor was outstanding again. Scored the last one and set up 2 and made the penalty. Only thing last night that was a on the downside and that was Teale... Putting the defence in pressure trying to do step overs and flicks in the wrong places and sometimes he needs to just put a cross in (like the first goal) but there is so many times when he stops and feels he needs to take someone on when he's already beat them because he has got a fantastic cross at times.
06/04/2011 10:24:00
Great result. And whilst I've not seen the performance it sounds like Mellor and JOC played well. Thing is that's probably JOC's first good game all season, and Mellor has been anonymous for 4 months. So forgive me Iif I don't jump straight on the sign them up band wagon. Let's see who can keep their form up through to the end of the season eh? Cos two weeks ago people were talking about sending Mellor back to Preston early!
06/04/2011 10:49:00
i'v always maintanied that if you give mellor chances, he will score plenty. couldnt make it last night but listened in, sounds like he and JOC had a stormer. JOC is still on my release list though, a pretty average footballer, and thats being kind, i just wish every player at the club had his attitude though. but great performance, i think it would be typical of our season if we go to the runaway leaders and turn them over which i might just have a tenner on. roll on next season.
06/04/2011 10:56:00
fantastic last night best first half at hillsborough for a long time agree with signing mellor the lad now has 17 for the season and goals win games would like to keep batth as well class at the back but cant see it happy for o'donnell as well deserved his clean sheet
06/04/2011 11:39:00
Best home performance since we hammered Bristol Rovers,Mellor was outstanding(worked his socks off all nite) and so did JOC.Iam not a fan of his but he has been excellent last two games,so lets give him some credit. Think Batth has just signed a new 4 year deal with Wolves,so will be going back end of season.All in all an excellent win,now lets have a go at Brighton on Saturday.
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06/04/2011 12:38:00
Was smiling for all the right reasons last night!! Recently the smiles have been the hint that I'm about to break down in to hysterical laughing at how bad we are playing instead of breaking down into tears... BUT last night was so very different. Mellor was truly outstanding and nothing says to a manager "sign me" like being instrumental if not finishing 6 goals in two games. His work rate was first class and e deserved his goal. Mellor and Madine formed the first line of defense with everyone behind them doing their part. JJ was tracking back and surging forward until he had nothing left in the tank and JOC couldn't have given any more. This is the effort and the play I bought my ticket to see and there was a bounce in my stride as I left my seat. I left again at the final whistle instead of 5 or 10 minutes early being that the team on the pitch and the players substituted off the pitch deserved all the applause for playing how we all knew they could! It's not over yet and we've a way to go and this wasn't the end of frustrations, as I see it though the last two games are the start of the end to our frustrations... Well done lads you did me proud and that's all I've ever asked!! WTID ;o)
06/04/2011 13:32:00
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