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Wednesday 0-0 Blackpool (4-2 pens)

0 - 0

Hillsborough, Sheffield

11/08/11 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 5,240


WEDNESDAY won through to the second round of the Carling Cup after holding their nerve to win a penalty shoot-out against npower Championship side Blackpool at Hillsborough.

In a largely uninspiring contest, neither side could find the back of the net in 90 minutes and extra-time as defences came out on top. Spot-kicks were needed and Wednesday won 4-2 to progress.

Blackpool made eleven changes to the side that opened their campaign with a 1-0 win at Hull City last week, while Owls boss Gary Megson made ten changes, with only Gary Madine starting the game from Saturday's win over Rochdale.

Attacker Daniel Uchechi, who'd signed for the Owls earlier in the day, was thrown straight into the starting line-up.

And the wholesale changes were evident throughout a dull match. Blackpool will feel unlucky to bow out, especially after continuing their attacking intentions following the second-half red card to Ashley Eastham.

Both sides struggled out of the blocks and Richard O'Donnell in the Wednesday goal had little to do, as did Mark Halstead in the Blackpool goal.

Neal Eardley and Billy Clarke were Blackpool's most threatening players and Clarke was the first to offer a shot on goal but it failed to trouble O'Donnell.

The hosts struggled to carve out many clear-cut chances but they almost took advantage of a Blackpool error when Halstead spilled the ball but James O'Connor's tame header was cleared to safety.

The best chance of the half came on the half-hour mark, again coming through the Clarke and Eardley combination as the former provided a low cross which Eardley drilled just wide of goal on the volley.

Despite not threatening the Blackpool goal, Wednesday did have their fair share of the ball in the first half, and looked hard to break down in defence.

But the visitors upped their gear in the second half and started to show their higher-division class.

Ian Holloway's men looked to be turning the screw for the breakthrough and Craig Sutherland had two good chances to do just that. First O'Donnell blocked his shot and then the Owls stopper made a top-drawer save to deny the forward after he broke the offside trap.

Clarke then saw a golden opportunity come and go as Blackpool enjoyed their best spell of the match but couldn't turn their possession and chances into a goal.

Wednesday had the chance to get back on top when Eastham saw red for a late lunge on Mark Reynolds, but the dismissal did little to change the flow of the game.

Owls midfielder Liam Palmer did fire a long-range shot wide with five minutes to go but the chances were coming few and far between for the hosts as the game entered extra-time.

Cecil Nyoni, making his debut in the blue and white stripes, came close to winning it for Wednesday in extra-time when he diverted a Reynolds cross agonisingly wide of goal.

But the hosts had O'Donnell to thank with five minutes to go before penalties when he produced a superb save to deny a rasping drive from Tom Barhuizen.

With penalties required, the visitors missed their first two penalties, while Liam Palmer and Jon Otsemobor scored to give the Owls a 2-0 cushion. And with further successful strikes from Clinton Morrison and O'Connor, Wednesday were into a second round clash at Blackburn.

Owls: O'Donnell, Otsemobor, Beevers, R Johnson, Reynolds, Nyoni, Coke, O'Connor, D Jones (Palmer 71), Madine (Morrison 46), Uchechi (Tumulty 61). Unused substitutes: Weaver, Batth, Semedo, Prutton, Morrison.

Blackpool: Halstead, Eardley, Clarke, Sylvestre, Basham (Llera 83), Hill, Eastham, Sutherland (Bruna 91), Martinez, Harris, Ince (Barkhuizen 83). Unused substitutes: Bignot, Tomsett, Djordjic, Kettings.

Date:Thursday August 11 2011
Time: 11:08PM

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thought that even though we did'nt play that well it was'nt a bad game uchechi looks like he has plenty of pace about him and i thought reynolds looked a lot better the team seems to be coming together nicely nice to nyoni and tumilty get a run
11/08/2011 23:52:00
I know it was a reserve team, but we never looked to score all night even against 10 men and it was absolute luck to go through. I guess that cup is not a priority at all. It's good to see we have cover if Weaver gets injured, O'Donnell was MOM in my opinion.
12/08/2011 01:23:00
Agreed on the fact it wasn't a great spectacle , didn't seem to want to take many shots, however there were a few brighter points o'donnell showed that he should be pushing weaver, coke made a decent return and otsemobor was not bad, nyoni made a few earlier mistakes with time on the ball and touch but appears to have learnt well getting better throughout ... There's plenty to be hopeful for the rest of the season , however d jones was not great lacked delivery and cut back to drop off passes rather than ever thinking about taking the man on , just grateful for the 100k as well
12/08/2011 02:04:00
I know it was reserve football but at least we proved we do have some second strings who can stand up to the task if needed.I think Weavers cover is great,Coke was not bad tonight.As a Wednesday lad i cannot love JOC anymore,the lad frustrates me to bits but you see 100 percent commitment week in and week out.But i think he cannot cut it anymore at this level.But in combat ill have him standing shoulder to shoulder with me as you know he is a fighter.
12/08/2011 08:03:00
look we put out blackpool who's squad have had the benefit of a year in the prem. we had a some young players in the team and lets not forget a lot of the senior players who played have not had much time in team together other than some batterings last year. i am pleased with that result. as for the style of play, that is how megson's teams play it worked so we'll have to get used to it.
Hirsty's Shinpads
12/08/2011 08:18:00
It was horrible to watch but it was our reserves and a win is a win! Keeps the momentum going and our second team weren't destroyed by someone else, how often can you say that?
12/08/2011 09:11:00
It was like watching paint dry, especially the first half! At least it proved something, O'Donnell will be Wednesday's No.1 in the not too distant future so we must keep hold of him, Semi has quality distribution and will be pushing for a recall when fully match fit, Reda needs to calm down with the long balls - too many overhit, Beevers played well so good back up cover there, Coke did well to last the 120 minutes and showed his qualities more times than not (passing/tackling). On the negative side, Jones was a disappointment, he gave possession away far too often and isn't strong enough for the rigours of a League 1 campaign. But despite all that, pleasing to go through and more money in the coffers. UTO
12/08/2011 09:26:00
Yesterdays was one of the few occasions Iím going to get to see Wednesday this season unfortunately, so Iím glad to see a few players stand out. Oí Donnell was clearly MOM in my opinion had a great game and kept Wednesday in it. Coke had a good game; despite him not fully match fit did well to last 120 minutes. It is good to see GM giving the youth a shot, but in my opinion I just canít see tumilty cutting the grade, hope he can prove me wrong. Daniel Jones had a poor game and most certainly canít cope at this level. Hope the long ball tactics was just for last nightís game! Overall was pleasing and hopefully Hillsborough will be a fortress this season. UTO
12/08/2011 09:54:00
I did think Coke played well but there were two things that bothered me. He always looked in pain when you saw him jogging in any close ups so I guess his knees are still f****d and he was playing a defensive role with O'Connor behind the strikers. We wonder why we didn't create anything. I am interested to see how our attacking play develops over the season. Madine and Morrison (who I am really pleased with this season) look best with the ball to feet. Wide midfielders who link up with the strikers and get into the box may be better for us than wingers. Will we play a diamond? Palmer and O'Donnell are great prospects. Otsemebor or Buxton. Reynolds showed yesterday he can do a job. Jones lacks confidence but could do a job, he needs a lot more game time only at left wing not left back but I think it's likely we will sign somebody else and he will eventually leave.
12/08/2011 11:08:00
D.Jones, Beevers, Nyloni, and that bloke we signed on loan. All not up to scratch. Not even for a reserve team. Jones does not have a clue. Beevers looked dangerous at the back FOR THEM. Everytime he had the ball, his lack of control put my heart in my mouth.Nyloni poor control lack of vision. The new bloke, obviously no way he was ever going to get into the game due to being signed hours earlier, but the lack of service didn't help him. Hope it turns out well for him in the long term but i think he may struggle to find his feet. Anyway we won ~ but it was very very dull to watch. Fella sat next to me fell asleep. WATCH OUT BLACKBURN OUR RESEVRES ARE ON THERE WAY. Sleeping bag optional ! ! ! !
Kettering OWL 1963
12/08/2011 12:48:00
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