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Wednesday 2-0 Hartlepool United

2 - 0
Hartlepool United

Hillsborough, Sheffield

16/04/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 16,385


Home wins have started to come along like the proverbial London bus for Wednesday after they recorded their third win on the spin at Hillsborough with a 2-0 success over Hartlepool United.

After putting a disastrous run of form at home to bed with wins over Colchester United and Tranmere Rovers, the Owls eased to their third successive home win to all-but seal their League One status.

Tommy Miller returned to the starting eleven to fire Wednesday ahead from the penalty spot against his former club before Gary Madine added a second after the break against Pools.

It was Wednesday's third win in all competitions from as many matches against Hartlepool this season and hauls them to within a point of Saturday's visitors.

Owls boss Gary Megson made four changes to the side that lost 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out. Rob Jones returned to the starting eleven in place of Reda Johnson, while Tommy Miller and Gary Teale came into the midfield for Chris Sedgwick and Joey O'Brien respectively and Madine partnered Neil Mellor in attack.

It was a bright and sunny day for football at Hillsborough, and the Owls had the positive start to match the positive weather as they took full control of the opening exchanges without really creating too much up top.

The first chance came through Jermaine Johnson, who enjoyed one of his better games of the season in the blue and white stripes, when he forced Scott Flinders, the Pools goalkeeper, into the first save of the match.

Although chances were few and far between in the first half, Wednesday looked comfortable and Richard O'Donnell, in the Owls goal, rarely looked threatened against a Hartlepool side who seemed to be going through the motions with the end of the season in sight.

That said, Wednesday struggled to break down their stubborn defence, for the first half at least, and Flinders too was relatively untroubled for the first 45 minutes.

That was until just before the break when the hosts were given a golden opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot.

Owls striker Neil Mellor fell under a challenge by Sam Collins in the box and Miller was given the chance to fire his side ahead - a chance he didn't give up and Wednesday were given a huge boost going into the interval 1-0 up.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-0 Hartlepool

The goal for Wednesday meant Hartlepool had to show more of an attacking intent on the resumption to take something from the game and avoid a hat-trick of defeats against the Owls this season - Wednesday had beaten them 5-0 in the reverse league fixture and also at home in the JP Trophy.

Bit it was Megson's men who came flying out of the traps, eager to carry on where they left off in the first.

Mellor tested Flinders minutes after the restart before then seeing another effort fly over the bar with the help of a deflection.

Wednesdayites felt a second goal was on it's way and it came just after the hour mark to all-but tie up the crucial three points for the hosts.

Johnson did the hard work down the right, dribbling his way by two defenders before providing the cross for Madine to drill in in front of the Kop to double Wednesday's lead and leave the visitors with a mountain to climb.

Hartlepool never looked like getting back into the game and Wednesday had chances to add further goals before full-time, most notably to Danny Batth who had two good headed attempts.

The victory was as comfortable as they come in npower League One and Owls boss Gary Megson will be keen for his men to continue their good form until the end of the season.

Full-Time: Wednesday 2-0 Hartlepool

Date:Sunday April 17 2011
Time: 3:26PM

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Solid at the back which was great to feel comfortable with our defenders. Rob Jones looks absolutely quality. Megson puzzles me at times, how poor was Teale but he gets 90 minutes? Don't think Megson has proved anything just yet. Don't think we'll lose another home game this season. Don't think he'll be taking us up next season, hope he proves me wrong.
17/04/2011 16:46:00
rob jones and jj were immense dont think we played that well but hartlepool were never a threat we should be beating all the teams we got left to play now and go into next season with confidence
17/04/2011 16:49:00
It all starts from the back so we need to sign up Jones as soon as possible. He encourages those around him and has helped O'Donnell heaps in recent games!
17/04/2011 18:42:00
Donít like the manager. donít like his choice of style of play but for some strange reason I am starting to like him, more importantly his results. But 1 tree donít make a forest!!!! Hope this continues. UTO!!! In Milan we trust!!
17/04/2011 19:42:00
Any more on Millers contract issue, i thought he didn't play at Brighton due to a clause in his contract about to be activated giving him a new deal yet he played yesterday?? Does this mean the amount of games left isn't enough to activate this clause or GM will pick the games to play him in or he's in GM's plans for next season?
17/04/2011 20:15:00
sussexowl apparently he can play 3 more games,he wanted a 3 year contract but was only offered 2 years with this put in if he played 30 games he wud get that extra year..sheffwed93 i thk on his performances here Scunthorpe will want Rob Jones back.
17/04/2011 20:43:00
Well megsons looks like he's steadied a sinking ship! Safe so job done, just hope we end on a high and have a good run to the end of the season. Nice to see the team playing as one, I agree with the comments about his style of play, but I rather take the 3 pts with dull tactics Next season an get promoted through it than having another season down in this league. Hopefully with some players of his own he will play more attractive football.
17/04/2011 20:51:00
In a previous thread I pointed out the average points per game a) under AI and b) After AI had left. This post is to update those figures in the light of Mr Megson's apparant misunderstanding of statistics in his Radio Sheffield post-match interview. Under AI we averaged 1.58 points per Leagues Game (plus winning all those cup games!). If we had continued that average we would now have averaged 66.5 points over the 42 games played. This is the same total as Bournmouth, who are currently 6th in the league and looking to be in the play offs at the end of the season! Since AI left we have avearged 1.12 points per league game, which would have given us just 47 points over the 42 games, putting us in 19th place - only just above the relegation places. Mr Megson really does need to check his facts before slating previous managers and blaming them for his errors since taking over management of the team! Even if we win the last 4 games then this average will only go up to 1.50 points per game - still below that of AI who (I again repeat myself!) had to contend with building a team with all rejects from other clubs!
17/04/2011 22:11:00
GM talks crap in his interviews and that's his biggest failing! I'd still like to know if the players brought to the club were AI signings or not but guess we'll never know. Odd that he was given the money to buy them but not the time to use them. Bring on next season!!
17/04/2011 22:40:00
I agree Don. From what I have heard, Madine was always on AI's horizon and some of the others were MM's. But, as you say, we will never know for sure! I just hope that GM can change for the better now he is with his home club but he is a bit old for that! They reckon a leopard never changes it's spots!
17/04/2011 22:59:00
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