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Wednesday 3 - Scunthorpe United 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

27/08/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 16,862

Wednesday 3-2 Scunthorpe United

Wednesday made it three wins from as many home league games this season when they edged out Scunthorpe United at Hillsborough by the odd goal in five on Saturday.

Gary Madine enjoyed arguably the best game of his Owls career as he netted a brace of goals, while Ben Marshall got on the scoresheet for the first time since his loan move from Stoke City.

The Iron, who had the disadvantage of playing less than 48 hours prior to the clash in the League Cup, refused to throw in the towel and goals from Bobby Grant and Mark Duffy kept them in it right until the end.

It was far from Wednesday's best performance of the campaign, but the three points were all that mattered, and the Owls' first back-to-back league victories of the campaign will increase confidence levels at S6.

Wednesday boss Gary Megson made a string of changes to the side that bowed out of the League Cup with a 3-1 loss at Blackburn Rovers in midweek. Nicky Weaver returned in goal, while Rob Jones was also passed fit to feature against his former club.

The hosts came flying out of the blocks, desperate to make amends for Wednesday night's sluggish start which gifted Blackburn three goals inside seven minutes.

And it resulted in an early goal. Lewis Buxton did the hard yards down the right and produced a dangerous low cross which ended with Madine tapping home from point-blank range after Clinton Morrison saw an effort saved.

It was a fast-paced start to the match but the visitors almost had a golden opportunity to get on level terms almost immediately.

The Iron went straight down the other end and were awarded a penalty by the referee after Chris Dagnall fell under a challenge by David Prutton inside the box. The Kop were up in arms over the decision but, after the referee consulted with his linesman, he reverted on his decision and a corner kick was awarded.

The danger was still very much present though, and Clinton Morrison was well positioned to divert Sam Togwell's effort off the line from the resulting corner kick.

The scores could have easily been level, but just ten minutes later Wednesday doubled their lead through Marshall.

The winger, on-loan from Stoke and starting his second game in the blue and white stripes, picked up the ball on the left and cut inside his marker before unleashing an unstoppable effort which curled into the back of the net.

Despite Wednesday's two-goal cushion the visitors still posed a threat in attack, keeping the Wednesday defence on their toes throughout the 90 minutes.

Dagnall was proving to be the biggest danger and he stuck the foot of the post with one effort as Scunthorpe tried but failed to get on the scoresheet before the interval.

If anything, Wednesday could, and perhaps should, have extended their lead further. Clinton Morrison held the ball up inside the box and was fortunate to see his marker slip, giving him the time and space to turn and fire an effort which went flying over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.

Things went Wednesday's way in the first half though, and Megson will have been pleased with the 2-0 cushion he found his men enjoying in the dressing room at half-time.

Half-Time: Wednesday 2-0 Scunthorpe

The Owls were keen to inflict more early misery on their visitors, as they did in the first half, and Marshall came close to grabbing his second goal of the game when he forced Josh Lillis into a fine save.

But it was Scunthorpe who were mainly calling the tune at the start of the second half as they looked for a way back into the contest.

They needed a goal sooner rather than later to do that but had to wait until the 67th minute to get themselves on the scoresheet.

Grant collected a neat ball from Andy Barcham inside the box and he produced a neat low finish beyond Weaver to get a deserved goal for the Iron and make it a nervous final 20 minutes for the hosts.

But while many inside Hillsborough will have no doubt expected Wednesday to fold under the pressure, the Owls did exactly the opposite and regained their two-goal cushion within minutes.

The visitors were pushing for a leveller but while they were piling men forward, Jose Semedo cleared the danger and the Owls hit the Iron on the break, with Gary Madine breaking the offside trap and running with the ball before producing a powerful shot which beat Lillis and made it 3-1.

It should have been game, set and match for the Owls, but Alan Knill's men refused to throw in the towel and grabbed another lifeline with four minutes to go when substitute Duffy pulled another goal back and made it a tense ending.

It could have got even better for Scunthorpe when Duffy forced Weaver into a brilliant diving save. But the Owls hung on for three vital points which saw them climb up to ninth in the league table.

Full-Time: Wednesday 3-2 Scunthorpe

Wednesday: Weaver, Buxton, Batth, Jones, Bennett, Palmer (O'Connor 82), Semedo, Prutton, Marshall, Madine, Morrison (Lines 57). Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, R Johnson, Sedgwick.

Scunthorpe: Lillis, Wright, Nolan, Togwell (Collins 64) Nelson, Ryan (Thompson 64), Dagnall, Norwood, Grant, Canavan, Barcham (Duffy 77). Unused substitutes: Slocombe, Reid.




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Date:Sunday August 28 2011

Time: 11:18AM

Your Comments

Just a thought on the Madine front we have played 5 he has scored 3. He got a few in pre season to. I hear a lot of people saying he's ***** but if he keeps up this strike rate he would be on for about 27 goals this season!
Devon_Owl
Undoubtedly his best game in a Wednesday shirt
tarnyowl
Lets be honest here don't get me wrong i am not one of the Madine haters but he was fortunate to get the first goal as Morrison fluffed his lines & the second goal came from a mistake. He didn't have to beat anyone but he finished it well.Hopefully this will give him some confidence and 20+ would be a good season. On the subject of the match great game to watch could have been 5-5 but i thought we rode our luck.We getting into the habit of sitting to deep when in front again. P.S Semado gave an absolute masterclass fantastic.UTO!!!!!!!!!!!
Fowlowl
Good game and fantastic result, my only worry is how deep we play when in front and the one thing I hate more than playing deep is playing corner football especially when on a few occasion we had chances to run in side and probably would have scored. On the striker front how have we not secured a striker this week according to reports we have put in for 7 strikers and nothing has materialised.... Baldock - MK Dons to West Ham, ALF - Rotherham to Reading, Lee Miller - Middlesboro to Carlisle (scored 2 at the weekend) Need to get it sorted otherwise we will be paying over the odds!!!
SWFC Tubes 84
Agree with all mentioned, we need to stop inviting teams to play us to deep, but for me buxtons the boy at the moment, he had a horrid time when he first came and under irvine, however scince he's come on leaps and bounds and is a joy to watch, his work rate and commitment is second to none. Still need that other striker and how longs o'grady out for?
OWL25
heard o'grady is out for a couple of months so a new striker has to arrive soon lualua been linked ! On the match front thought we was excellent first half marshall is a class player and with jj on the way back think we are going to terrise teams down the wings madine finally showing his worth as well
retfordowl1867
Agree with Tubes, from what I can gather GM & MM have refused to pay over the odds but if they leave it till deadline day they'll have to pay a lot more than if they'd just put the original bid in! We are the Man City of this league in terms of disposable income so there's gonna be a price for us and a price for everyone else and whilst not in the same league (no pun intended!) look at the market forces that dictated Liverpool paying 35 million for Carroll! If Madine keeps going the way he's going though he'll breeze 20 this season!
Owls That!
Junior Agogo or Michele Di Piedi?
10goalpayne
We did the job and I think that's all that really matters. We played nice stuff at times and though we made things difficult for ourselves, the three points are what matter.
s5owl
Well said s5owl 3 points that is all that really matters, and well done Gary 3 wins on the spin at home, how long since we've done that at the start off the season.
ecco owl
Lomana LuaLua? Well we've heard the rumours, read the speculation, and now it's time to stop messing about. Let's have the definitive inside scoop. Over to you Radon Barrier.....
OurMaurice
Radon AKA Boss Hogg, tells me the word on the street is a certain Mr C.Ronaldo is on his way to S6 for 100,000 plus extras..... Deal to be completed today following his medical. That is of course Mr Christopher Ronaldo who currently plays for Real Merthyr Tydfil.... Scored 1 in 350 games and is only 48 years old. Worth a punt?? hehe (sorry Radon, couldn't resist)
Owlsmad
hehehe like that Owlsmad.
ollyowl70
sounds like him and clinton are the way forward owlsmad get him signed up maybe he can keep clinton company in the centre circle having a go at keeping up with the play
wedalways
There is also word fron Radon AKA Huggy Bear, of an unknown striker. Goes by the name of Mr L Messi. Reports are he's got a bit of talent and could be worth a short term contract. That is of course Mr Larry Messi who currently plays for FC Bangor...... Scored 120 goals in 20 games and is only 5 months old. Definately one for the future?? (yes I know I said Boss Hogg instead of Huggy Bear.... doh! only just old enough to remember the origional series)
Owlsmad
 

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