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Wednesday 2-1 Notts County

2 - 1
Notts County

Hillsborough, Sheffield

20/08/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 16,979


WEDNESDAY came from behind to secure a much-needed victory over ten-man Notts County at Hillsborough.

Jeff Hughes fired the visitors ahead after ten minutes before Julian Bennett levelled after the break and Gary Madine netted the winner in the 68th minute. Neil Bishop was sent off late on for the visitors.

It was a vital win for Wednesday, who came into the game after suffering back-to-back defeats.

There was a debut for new loan signing Ben Marshall out on the left wing, while Lewis Buxton took the captain's armband in the absence of the injured Rob Jones. Reda Johnson came in to fill-in for Jones at centre-back.

And Marshall almost made a superb debut in the blue and white stripes, supplying a good ball which Buxton struck over the bar as Wednesday started brightly, eager to bounce back from their loss at Bury last time out.

But Martin Allen's men struck first against the run of play from the penalty spot on ten minutes. Chris Lines handled the ball from a cross in the Owls box and the referee pointed to the spot, allowing Hughes to tuck the ball home and give the visitors the advantage.

The goal gave County a boost and Karl Hawley showcased their improved confidence in attack by firing a long-range effort just over Nicky Weaver's goal not long after.

The Owls were lacking some killer instinct in attack and Clinton Morrison headed over from a Lines pass.

County were, understandably, happy to sit on their one-goal lead and chances were few and far between for both sides before the break.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Notts County

It was more of the same on the restart, with both goalkeepers spectators in the early parts of the second half as the game was played in the midfield, suiting the visitors.

That was until the 53rd minute when the Owls got the breakthrough they were so desperate for.

Morrison won the ball in the penalty area and provided the pass for Bennett, who struck a powerful shot into the back of the County net to get the hosts back on level terms.

The goal came at just the right time for a Wednesday side that were visibly lacking confidence in the final third of the pitch, and they kicked-on to get the lead not long after.

Buxton provided a fine ball across the box and Madine was well-positioned to drill in what turned out to be the winner in the 67th minute.

Gary Megson's men should have taken a hold of the game after turning it on its head, but Wednesday allowed the visitors back into the game and they should have got on level terms just five minutes after Madine's stike.

Craig Westcarr, linked with a move to Hillsborough last season, found himself in a superb position to drill in the leveller but struck his shot high over the bar to the amazement of the travelling County fans.

With 13 minutes to go County were still very much in the game but it was very much advantage Wednesday when the visitors were reduced to ten men. Bishop got his marching orders for a late challenge on Jose Semedo, earning him a second booking.

Wednesday: Weaver, Buxton, Batth, R Johnson, Bennett, Marshall, Prutton, Semedo, Lines (Sedgwick 71), Morrison, Madine (O'Connor 88). Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Otsemobor, Beevers.

Notts County: Nelson, Kelly, Sheehan, Edwards (Stirling 88) Pearce, Bencherif (Westcarr 71), Hawley, L Hughes, Bishop, J Hughes, Judge (Montano 54). Unused substitutes: Burch, Allen.

Date:Saturday August 20 2011
Time: 10:09PM

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Still worried about are lack of chances
20/08/2011 22:50:00
True enough, Siswfc8101, but I have to agree with GM on how last year's team wouldn't have come from behind to win. In fact, not a squad for a while, and that was great to see (well... hear).
Colorado Owl
21/08/2011 00:41:00
did'nt make it easy for ourselves but 3 much needed points desperate for a striker because morrison as much as he tries cant finish(that header).On the plus side i thought marshall looked very lively roll on s****hrope and 3 more points hopefully with us having another striker in by then
21/08/2011 00:46:00
Poor again. Very lucky to come out of that with a win. Marshall played well. Madine was an embarrassment yet he scored but did nothing at all through the game. Don't look anything like a side that's going to be up there and if it wasn't for Westcarr missing a sitter they would have a got a draw. Lines on the wing? Why sign someone and play him put of position why not just sign a left winger if your not going to play him in his position. Poor tactics Again Megson and the second we get good sides coming to Hillsborough they'll batter us.
21/08/2011 10:34:00
Poor??? Yes we were without much of an idea up front but we dominated the game. County were poor to be fair but it was undoubtedly a deserved win. Why look at all the negative aspects of the game such as them missing a sitter. We missed LOADS of sitters and still managed to win. all we need is someone up front with confidence and we will be fine. remember that Jones was out injured, he is a massive part of our defence and we still only conceded one goal. End of the day it was also an entertaining game to watch and one that we won. Rather watch that than a dull 1.0 to be fair.
21/08/2011 11:08:00
tomawest its something you better get use to SheffWed93 hates Megson and i do believe he wants us to lose till he gets the sack, he is one sad person. He don't mention the one that Morrison missed just the one that they missed, you've got to start asking yourself is he really a Wednesday fan ?
ecco owl
21/08/2011 11:29:00
It may be the case that sheffwed93 want's megson out. However that was 2 poor teams playing yesterday and we was lucky 2 scrape a win. I will always get behind the team whoever is in charge but i certainly won't be fooled into thinking performances like yesterday r whats needed 2 get us promotion this season COME ON U OWLS!!!!.
21/08/2011 14:06:00
This something we need to get used to. For the most part our wins will turgid and our draws and defeats will even worse to watch. I'm not being negative because I will be happy to see us promoted on the back of 2-1 wins like this. This type of tactic cannot be a surprise as megson has managed other teams in this fashion for years. Not my cup of tea, give me Atkinson or Francis any day but they're done and right now we need to get promoted
Hirsty's Shinpads
21/08/2011 15:42:00
Buxton has been a revelation so far which is one good plus, and with 2 generous refs in successive games, well, we might just make mid table at the end of the season. And if we play against 10 week in week out. But the FACT is Wilson has been in charge for just 4 games and already got the Blunts playing attractive passing football and look where they are - much as it hurts to see it. Megon's been in charge for 26 games (TWENTY SIX ffs!) and anyone who thinks we've made anything like the same progress as Wilson was at a different game to me. Sorry guys, LOVE Wednesday but I'm not behind a manger who believes you have to play ugly and rely on predictable set pieces to get out of this division. He said we were "excellent" yesterday.....Excellent??? So no improvement necessary then.
21/08/2011 15:45:00
Ian Holloway is running down his contract at Blackpool so ill take him please!
Owls That!
21/08/2011 16:29:00
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