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Bristol Rovers 1-1 Wednesday

Bristol Rovers
1 - 1

The Memorial Ground, Bristol

30/04/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 8,340


Wednesday's good April form continued at the Memorial Ground on Saturday as Tommy Miller fired the Owls to a well-earned point from their final away game of the season.

Miller struck from the penalty spot after just three minutes before Will Hoskins did the same for the hosts after 12 minutes in a game which all-but relegated the hosts.

It could so easily have been Wednesday in relegation trouble just a month ago but an impressive run of just one defeat from seven games in April has left Gary Megson's men safe in mid-table.

The Gas need a minor miracle to retain their League One status on the final day of the season next weekend, with a huge goal difference going against them meaning they're all-but down.

Danny Batth returned to the starting eleven alongside Rob Jones at centre-back, while midfielder Liam Palmer was also given a start and Gary Teale returned on the wing.

Rovers simply had to win their final home match of the season but they made the worst possible start just three minutes in.

Owls striker Gary Madine was tripped inside the box by Danny Coles and the referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Miller stepped up to drill home from 12 yards in emphatic fashion to give the visitors a superb start.

The Owls had enjoyed a thumping 6-2 victory over Rovers in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough last December but Rovers weren't going down without a fight this time.

The leveller came after just 12 minutes when the hosts won a penalty of their own after Lewis Buxton felled Wayne Brown on the edge of the box. The spot-kick was given and top-scorer Hoskins made no mistake to get the hosts on level terms.

The goal gave Rovers a huge boost and they enjoyed more of the ball in the Wednesday half. Owls stopper Nicky Weaver was troubled too many times but the hosts came inches away from taking the lead after 22 minutes.

Byron Anthony powered a header from a deep cross beyond Weaver but the crossbar came to the Owls' rescue as the ball bounced away to safety.

The hosts were enjoying a purple patch midway through the first half with Weaver becoming the busier of the two goalkeepers. The Owls did get back into the contest but Rovers' on-loan goalkeeper Conrad Logan didn't have much work to do.

Weaver was at work again on the stroke of half-time when he superbly denied Chris Lines from long range.

Half-Time: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Wednesday

The half-time team-talk for the Gas must have been one of an attacking nature - with three points vital in their quest for survival - and they came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half.

The hosts enjoyed large chunks of the possession and looked the most likely to gain the lead, although they didn't trouble Weaver too much on the restart.

The Owls' sluggish start prompted boss Megson to ring the changes with a double substitute. Jermaine Johnson and Chris Sedgwick were introduced in place of Gary Teale and James O'Connor.

And the changes seemed to change the flow of the game, with the visitors enjoying more possession and in-turn limiting Rovers' chances of finding a way through the stubborn Wednesday defence.

Chances were few and far between for the Owls, but Miller did come close after Madine seized the ball from a defensive mix-up by the hosts and fed the Owls' midfield man, only to shoot wide.

Rob Jones also came close with a header from a Miller free-kick as the game started to open in the closing exchanges, mainly due to the hosts looking desperate for the winner.

Hoskins forced a good save from Weaver before, at the other end, the Owls saw claims for a penalty waved away by the officials after Mellor fell under a challenge from Logan.

Weaver had to be alert to deny Lines late on, but the draw certainly suited Wednesday more than Rovers, who now look certain for the drop to League Two.

Full-Time: Bristol Rovers 1-1 Wednesday

Date:Sunday May 1 2011
Time: 12:00PM

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went yesterday thought we were very poor and proberly could have lost got to keep miller was are best player and rob jones was also immense. jj's shot from the free kick was woeful but all in all a good point
01/05/2011 12:35:00
would have taken a point before kick off so i must be happy
01/05/2011 15:39:00
would have taken a point before kick off so i must be happy
01/05/2011 15:39:00
Another poor away result where we let a team pin us back as we just attempt long balls all game. A draw with a poor side that we put 6 past earlier this season? We've proved we have enough quality to stuff them, poor Megson again...
01/05/2011 16:10:00
We were shocking.....
Handsworth Owl
01/05/2011 16:19:00
To be fair it was another team fighting for survival, and giving us a good go, I don't understand how you think we have a right to dominate these teams, and how you think we've got a good squad? And I personally think megsons going to do the buisness for us, big big changes this summer with a big clear out of the CRAP we've got.
02/05/2011 11:56:00
Owl25 = Deluded. The "CRAP" we have beat them 6-2, so I expect a new manager who people assume is doing well to be able to do the double over them? Get a grip and stop lowering your standards.
02/05/2011 14:07:00
Agree with all points! Yes, the crap we've got beat them comfortably early on in the season however, we do not have the right to just assume we can and will do it again! everyone needs to realise that we are not a big club anymore, FACT! Would be interesting to see how many points we've lost this season from giving pens away? A game does not seem to go buy where we haven't given away one!
Owls That!
02/05/2011 14:54:00
At the end of the day, games have to go into context. Bristol Rovers were physically scrapping for their lives at the bottom whilst we have bod all to play for, it's completely naive to assume we'll simply attack-attack-attack for 90 minutes solid. It's not a case of lowering standards, but sometimes scenarios change and the Bristol Rovers side we beat 6-2 were a side in freefall, they've since had a change of manager, change of fortune etc. etc. I think you guys need to look into the result a bit more, because I think it could've been worse. UTO!
02/05/2011 17:57:00
Sheffed93...not really sure why you think we should beat a team away from home that we previously beat at home? Different stage of the season, away from home and as pointed out by OWL25, they are trying to stay in the league! It's all well and good saying we should beat teams in the bottom six, but we should have won this league by Christmas too and we sure as **** didn't manage that. Point, away, not as bad as it could have been, playing poorly though, that's just annoying and Megson needs to get us playing consistently well if we're going to be contenders next season.
02/05/2011 18:35:00
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