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Wednesday 3-0 Exeter City

3 - 0
Exeter City

Hillsborough, Sheffield

24/09/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 16,995


Wednesday made it five wins from as many home matches in npower League One this season as they cruised to a convincing 3-0 victory over lowly Exeter City at Hillsborough.

On-song Gary Madine maintained his spot at the top of the League One goalscoring charts with a brace of goals, including one penalty, after James O'Connor had fired the Owls ahead in the first half.

It had been a dour first half-hour from the hosts, but O'Connor's strike sparked life into Gary Megson's men and from then on it was pretty much plain sailing against a relatively poor Grecians side.

There were further reasons to be cheerful for Wednesdayites, with both Chris O'Grady and Ryan Lowe returning from injury to make second-half appearances from the bench.

David Prutton was missing from the Owls midfield though, and O'Connor came in to take his place in the starting eleven, while David McGoldrick shook off any injury fears to make his home debut. Stephen Bywater made his debut in goal following a midweek loan move from Derby County.

The form guide put the hosts very much as favourites, but there was hardly a thing to choose between the two sides in a pretty drab opening half-an-hour at S6. Rather than take the momentum from the 3-2 win at Yeovil last weekend, Wednesday struggled to put their marker down against opposition who'd picked up just five points from nine games coming into the contest.

Despite the sluggish start, the Grecians rarely threatened the Owls goal, with Bywater enjoying a rather untroubled debut. Chances were few and very far between at both ends, with Wednesday struggling to carve out many chances of their own.

The first chance came through some good work from Ben Marshall down the wing, providing a fine ball which just evaded the touch of McGoldrick.

With little to shout about from the stands, the chance brought a good reaction from both the fans and the players and Wednesday upped their gear in search of the breakthrough.

And it came with two strikes within the space of just four minutes to leave the visitors stunned.

A deep cross found the head of Rob Jones, who evaded the challenge of Exeter goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and headed the ball back across the face of goal for O'Connor to stab in via a deflection five minutes before the break.

The goal lifted Wednesday and they instantly looked to double their advantage. They did so minutes later, with Krysiak again at fault as Madine was left to out-jump his markers and head Wednesday into a 2-0 lead before half-time.

Half-Time: Wednesday 2-0 Exeter

Although the Owls hadn't exactly shone for most of the first-half, the visitors rarely looked threatening but Wednesday didn't take their foot off the gas in the second half as they looked to put the game to bed.

McGoldrick could have made it 3-0 just minutes after the restart but Krysiak this time made a good save to at least keep the visitors in the contest.

The crowed sensed a third goal was always going to come as the Owls spent much of the second half penning Exeter back in their home half, and Paul Tisdale's men had little in reply.

Both O'Grady and Lowe returned to the matchday squad and it was O'Grady who came on first, to replace McGoldrick, and he showed some neat touches on his return from injury.

Soon after Wednesday made it 3-0 as Madine was felled inside the box and he picked himself up to drill in the spot-kick in front of the Kop.

It could have been 4-0 as Chris Lines, impressing in his central midfield role, albeit against a pretty poor Exeter outfit, smashed a low shot against the foot of the post following a good Wednesday move.

Ryan Lowe wanted to get into the action and he made his home bow soon after, replacing Madine who got a standing ovation for his performance.

It was five from five at home for Wednesday, and the result moves them up to seventh in the table - just a point behind Sheffield United.

Full-Time: Wednesday 3-0 Exeter

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Jones, Batth, R Johnson, Marshall (Palmer 89), O'Connor, Semedo, Lines, McGoldrick (O'Grady 73), Madine (Lowe 88). Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Bennett.

Exeter: Krysiak, Tully, Dunne, Archibald-Henville (O'Flynn 76), Duffy, Noble, Nardiello, Golbourne, Coles, Taylor (Bennett 76), Whichelow (Buaza 58). Unused substitutes: Pidgeley, Jones.

Date:Saturday September 24 2011
Time: 6:53PM

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well done, pleased that madine is scoring regularly. when lowe is fully fit it will be interesting if he can bring his early season form back, we could be scoring goals for fun which is something our forwards haven't done for ages. i understand that o'grady likes to play wide and drift in so maybe we can accommodate all three in the starting line up otherwise we will have a threat from the bench.
Hirsty's Shinpads
24/09/2011 19:58:00
its been easy to critisise GM this season, ive done it myself. but give credit where credits due well done to gary and the boys today. good to see madine banging them in! must be a while since we've had a proper consistat goalscorer! good to see new lads coming back from injury, lets keep it up! up the owls
24/09/2011 20:15:00
All the up roar of who should be sacked as of late and were well in the mix, come on megson_out give credit where credits due, or can't you?
24/09/2011 20:43:00
well done wednesday. easy 3points against a poor exeter
24/09/2011 22:11:00
Totally agree with wrighty-swfc and Hirsty. End of the day, last 7 games, won 5 drawn 1 lost 1, you cant complain with that. Megson, you have my backing now. as I always said I would judge what a see after 10 games in (almost) Megson_out I do sometimes understand where you get you points from but sometimes I also bet your one of those people that Boo’s at the end of a game which I hate. I haven’t been able to get to the games lately as I play football myself on Saturday so I rely on you rowdy bunch to fill me in on the minor details.
24/09/2011 22:14:00
Err, yeah I sometimes boo at the end of a game. I sometimes boo before the end of a game. You'd boo to if you'd seen what I've seen this and last season. We were sheeeit in the first half, bit better in the second, but against the mighty, mighty bottom of the league Exeter we should av been better in both halfs. I'm a Wednesdayite not a Megsonite. Boooooo!
25/09/2011 00:29:00
Great result against a side who rolled up last season and nicked the points. Can't say they spoiled the party because there wasn't much to celebrate other than staying up and viewing the prospect of a new season with greater optimism. Well it is still work in progress but the lads continue to deliver. Last week our first away win, this week a scoreline made comfortable by a long awaited clean sheet. Next week, how about an away win with a clean sheet? Why not? H'pool are on a run but given our previous I'd bet some of their fans see us as the team to burst their bubble. I'll say it again: Clean Sheet. Confidence at the back. Hungry strikers coming back to fitness. Good loan acquisitions and the division's top scorer. All reasons to be cheerful!
25/09/2011 07:47:00
M-O makes out that only him on this site goes to the games, if we'd seen what he's seen over the last 2 seasons , well what i saw was a 3-0 win for the Owls, and 3 more points, don't matter if they are near the bottom of the league, just ask the pigs, you beat what is in front of you first and foremost, 3 points are more important, M-O stop living in the past, oh and grow up, only kids boo players.
ecco owl
25/09/2011 10:49:00
I'd happily admit to bouts of nostalgia from time to time, but I'd struggle to recall any Wednesday side over the last forty-five years who could imperiously sweep all-comers aside whilst playing free flowing fantasy football. I have seen the occasional performance like that but nowhere near the level of consistency clearly demanded by some sections of the crowd.
25/09/2011 11:46:00
I thought Lines had a very good performance in the centre of midfield. He was busy, always up for a return pass, tackled, and seemed to help Semedo get back to his more forward postion that he had on the first game of the season. What richess of tallent we now have - I cannot remember when we last loaned out players to other sides (unless it was part of the sales agreement). Our new goalkeeper looked good and bossy, with Rj comming in for the most "advice". Anyone know why Rj is preffered to Bennet? Is it his height? He's certainly not Usane Bolt when he moves down the wing but oh boy, he can't half head a ball well!
25/09/2011 11:47:00
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