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Wednesday 1 - Exeter City 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

07/05/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 21,085

Wednesday 1-2 Exeter City

Wednesday's disappointing season in League One ended in defeat on Saturday as Exeter City came from behind to seal victory on the final day of the campaign.

The Owls made a bright start and Jermaine Johnson gave them the lead before the Grecians, who have enjoyed a superb campaign, hit back in the last 15 minutes with goals from Daniel Nardiello and Troy Archibald-Henville to bag the three points.

It was a disappointing end for the Owls, who had lost just once in the month of April and were keen to stretch their winning run at home to five games going into the close season.

But despite playing well and dominating the opening 20 minutes, Johnson's strike was all they had to show for their efforts and City soon upped their gear before finishing in style.

Both sides had just pride to play for going into the game, with the Owls safe from relegation and City with no chance of making the play-offs, although the visitors did have a chance to enjoying their highest ever finish in the football pyramid if they managed to climb up to seventh.

Wednesday's starting eleven arrived on to the pitch with a message of thanks to the 21,000-plus Wednesdayites in Hillsborough over the course of the season.

And the hosts started brightly, with their first chance coming from an unlikely source in midfield man James O'Connor, who forced Grecians goalkeeper Artur Krysiak into an acrobatic diving save.

The Owls came flying out of the traps and the visitors hardly got a sniff in the opening exchanges.

Wednesday were rewarded after 13 minutes when Johnson fired the hosts ahead in some style. The wing wizard raced by two markers before lashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner.

The visitors had only a half chance for experienced hitman Jamie Cureton to show early on as Wednesday continued to dominate - Johnson's goal only acted to lift Wednesday as they looked to finish the campaign in winning fashion.

Gary Madine could have done better when he saw his effort diverted wide from a corner following a break from Neil Mellor while, from the resulting corner, Johnson flashed another effort just wide of goal.

The Exeter goalkeeper was overworked and he did well to deny O'Connor again from long range, while he also denied Lewis Buxton as the visitors struggled to get out of their own half and Mellor saw his shot from the rebound cleared off the line.

City thumped the Owls in the reverse fixture and they were always going to carve out chances, but when Bertrand Cozic fired his effort towards goal Jon Otsemobor headed over the bar for a corner.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-0 Exeter

The Owls had bossed the first half but Exeter showed big signs of improvement straight after the interval.

Former Barnsley striker Nardiello had a golden opportunity to level but his effort deflected off Owls defender Rob Jones and onto the post, with Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver diverting the danger.

It was an early warning sign from the visitors, who no doubt had some strong words come their way by manager Paul Tisdale at the break.

Wednesday were still a threat in front of goal though and Krysiak had to be alert to deny Mellor when he went racing through on goal from a neat ball by Johnson.

Lewis Buxton also came close to doubling Wednesday's tally, with the next goal being crucial.

And it came for the Grecians with less than 15 minutes to go. It was Nardiello who got possession and he sent a well-placed low effort into the bottom corner, giving Weaver no chance.

It gave Exeter the momentum and they won the game in the final minute of normal time. Archibald-Henville waltzed through the wafer-thin Owls defence before slotting the ball beyond Weaver to seal the points for the visitors.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-2 Exeter




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Date:Sunday May 8 2011

Time: 10:49PM

Your Comments

Disappointing result (particularly the manner in which they scored their winner) but the signs over the past month or so look a little more promising for next season.
TheDon1974
Poor again from Megson he cost us that game. Get real Don good signs? He's only beaten 6 sides? None of them with anything about them really (Oldham, Carlisle, Colchester, Tranmere, Hartlepool and Swindon) so please don't make me write the list of teams he's lost too. Firstly he took off Rob Jones and the defence caved? We were only winning 1+0 and so surely why take him off (unless he was injured but he didn't say anything about that) then bringing on Darren Potter... All he had to do was pass it straight to one of the strikers but poor pass gets intercepted and the defender had a full run of the pitch because Potter couldn't make 1 simple pass on the attack. Megsons tactics were shocking towards the end of the game we was playing with 4 midfielders and only one was playing on the wing, O'Connor, Miller and Potter making a 3 in midfield and JJ was whatever wing he wanted to be. I have never ever seen such a strange formation. Teale and Potter followed by Megson out please.
SheffWed93
Jones went off injured.
DEZZYP
We bossed the first half and could have easily gone in 4 to the good... (JJ's goal a highlight as were O'connor's two attempts)You knew that at half time the travellers searching for their highest post war finish would come out and push on. That they did and over the half we crumpled. That being said the game changed on Jone's enforced change and the choice to go to what effectively was a 4-3-3. Potter, Miller and O'Connor was never going to work, lets face it... it never has especially on a midfield that was already being bossed. That being said Megson chose to go all out for the win... I'm sure if he'd gone to 4-5-1 there would be people having a go at his negativity. The let down for me was the arguments on the pitch with Madine and JJ and Miller and Potter. Great to see passion but lads you can't have a handbag session while the game is underway and you are out of position. Highlights were in the game unfortunately so were reminders of where it all went wrong. We all know that the closed season is when the re-build was going to begin in earnest. Relegation avoided, required intial changes at club made and time now for the rest to be put into full-swing. There is set to be a clearout, there is the admission and understanding that this season was woeful but now it's done... time to re-ignite the passion and with hope look forward!! UTO WTID
4evaOWL
Yet another up and down performance... What we really need is consistant 90+ minute performances with passion, drive and attack. If we do this regardless to the outcome fans will be much happier. Granted wins would be the best outcome, obviously.... GM/MM need to sort this shambles during the LONG summer break and help return this club to former stature. Lets all hope for a better 11/12 season with better results followed by promotion! WTID UTO!!
Owlsmad
Sheffwed93 you can't blame the manager all the time, this is what is wrong with football, managers are all always in the firing line while players put in inept performances week in week out, jj for instance is so inconsistant and frustrating he is a managers nightmare, you don't know what your going to get with him, abit like wednesday. Megsons tactics are strange at times but I can hardly blame him with the players he has at his disposal. Jones went off injured and that showed the lack of depth and quality this squad has for us to crumble like that. Anyway season over and can't wait for the jumble sale and new players to come in.
OWL25
Players are the problem - not the manager. Give Megson a chance, started badly and things picked up, I hate all of the Megson out nonsense before he has been given a chance. If we play crap football next year but get promoted i will be happy, Megson has a mixed record but he has got sides up before so let's hope he can do it again (i accept he has taken sides down as well!).
realrain
This is becoming the problem that we have at this club. I said at the time that Irvine was sacked that what we shouldn't do is start calling for the next managers head as soon as a massive and magic turnaround in our results doesn't happen straightway. As some fans clearly don't like Megson anyway, this is exactly what seems to be happening. I don't think anyone can really say he has had a fair crack at the whip at the job yet and still some fans just want to blame the rubbish that these players have produced all season on him. We've got no right to beat Oldham, Carlisle, Colchester or anyone else and that's kind of mentality and expectation that has put us and kept us in this league. We are a big name, just about still, but we are no longer a big football force. We are where we deserve to be and its going to take time to turn it all around, which I believe starts with the right players taking responsibility and a manager that knows what he's doing and is given a fair chance to do so.
baldowl
I don't dislike Megson as a person. I dislike his tactics. And its not like we have time is it? We've beaten 6 teams since February? We don't have time to give. I just want to save some of it because I know we will not go up under him.
SheffWed93
21 games with GM in control, including MKDons at home (not technically in charge) : wins=6, loses=9 and draws=5. Doesn't read well but does he deserve time to bring in his own players and spend time with the new look squad?!? Can't say I was blow away on hearing Megson was the new manager (no disrespect), but surely he deserves time.... yes, no, who knows? only time will tell... in Milan we trust... WTID UTO
Owlsmad
Sums up the season, cr4p end to a cr4p season. Really hope we can start getting the best out of the players we already have. I dont think we can write every single one of them off without them having a decent crack of the whip. A lot of sense being made from what i'm reading too, hard to like Megson's style, but also hard to want to see shot of him just yet as every manager deserves a full season in charge of a football club to make their mark.
Balli80
 

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