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Wednesday 3 - Exeter City 0

Hillsborough, Sheffield

24/09/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 16,995

Wednesday 3-0 Exeter City

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.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 24 2011

Time: 6:53PM

Your Comments

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
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
wrighty-swfc
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?
OWL25
well done wednesday. easy 3points against a poor exeter
mick66owl
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.
joseph10
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!
Megson_Out
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!
OurMaurice
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
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.
OurMaurice
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!
bluedog
Great result, have to agree with a lot of this. Fair play to Megson, he has to have our backing with the results he's turning in atm!
s5owl
I was happy to question Madine's record when he turned up at S6, but fair play, it's nice to have a striker in the scoring charts this season. To be topping it is even better! Fair play to the lad. Nice to let him have the pens while his confidence is up too. We've got some tough games and derby matches coming up, this is a massive few weeks for us!
Balli80
I too was unimpressed when we signed Madine and also with his performances last year - but am delighted he is proving me wrong. He must be knocking on the door of club records - I think its 7 in 5 now. Things looking up - clearly we have to back meggo this season anything else is ridiculous. Hopefully we are peaking at the right time and the pork scratchings are dipping at the right time. Come on
Radon Barrier
Good to have Madine scoring, wish he'd look a bit more happier though when he does! He looks like he's had a goal disallowed most of the time!!
Owls That!
Megson_out are you one of these numptys that boo even when we get 3points , 3 goals and a clean sheet? Anyway if were in this position still by Xmas I'd still be pleased, we've got the momentum now and everyone should be behind this team.
OWL25
If we went from now til May unbeaton M_O will still find something to moan about and boo!! Good win and another important 3 points, it will take all sorts of performances this season to get promoted and not all will be pretty on the eye so if you turn up expecting to see Barcelona you will only go away disappointed. At the moment the derby can't come around quick enough with confidence building game by game and a fit squad with good competition for places.
sussexowl
Bluedog the reason for Reda as a full back instead of Bennet is an easy one that I think Megson didn't want to make. He was tired of seeing Bennet out of position being that he is always bombing forward and we were finding ourselve being punished. They played this way away from home to have a more solid back line and Gary brought it home being that it worked. It was clear on Saturday from the very beginning that Reda has been told not to go forward which has given Buxton freedom to do just that (Which with the quality he's been showing up the business end of the pitch is understandable.) When Buxton bombs forward we are left effectively with three centres wich isn't a bad way of keeping shape at the back and not putting as much pressure on the midfield to protect the two centres which on too many occaisions has been the result when Buxton and Bennett have been pushing forward. (The main draw-back to this seems to be the supply to Marshall who is still critical to our sucess in the final third but he lacking the supply from behind him especially in the second half started to drift in to pick the ball up.) I was surprised actually that Bennett didn't come on when we were 3 goals to the good as I think he would have been a very positive attacking option. I was also pleased with Lines in the centre and he did a better job that JOC as he looked awful up to when he scored. That being said I cannot have a go at him even though the first thing he did right in the game was to be in the right place to score the goal. He worked harder than anyone and he was everywhere in the second half I saw him repeatedly put a challenge in near our goal and in a heart beat he would be fighting for the ball at the oppositions corner flag. We only really got into the game though when Megson realised that JOC was doing nothing in the centre and swapped him with Lines, I would have had Lines in the centre after 15 minutes after having watched JOC struggle and put Palmer on the wing but that being said it all worked out and I left the game with only one thing playing on my mind and that was we could have had 5 or 6... (A very nice feeling) UTO
4evaOWL
Ten games into the season and for the first time it feels as though OurGary has a squad at his disposal. I think there'll be a lot of trial and error as he tries to juggle his best eleven. For example, I can see Prutton/Lines being an either/or but I'm hopeful he'll find room for Madine and Lowe with O'Grady out wide. I also agree with your earlier comment 4eva, I'd hope we have a chance of getting Marshall in on a permanent basis. Who knows, he hasn't pulled on a Stoke shirt yet and GM and Pulis are best of mates. Stoke have also spent heavily just lately so maybe they'd seize the chance to recoup and as for the player himself? A regular place in a winning side, what more could a young player ask for? Sounds like I'm buzzing too don't it? That's down to the clean sheet. A solid defence and anything is possible!
OurMaurice
Massive game this weekend against Hartlepool, who are flying at the moment. No disrespect to Yeovil but against a better side we'd probably have lost that as well. This weekends game will be a real measure of how far we've come in the last 2 weeks...fingers crossed! Great to see a Wednesday player at the top of the scoring charts as well; when was the last time that happened?! Madine got loads of stick at the beginning of the season but seems he has been putting in more of a shift recently and is getting the rewards.
OrlandoT1982
I'm wondering if Gary is toying with the idea of playing the same defense, the same two up top and playing 3 in the middle. He could play Prutton Semedo and Palmer/Lines and give Marshall a totally free role to go and do the damage. Marshall is giving the "Goal Machine" the supply he needs, if buxton is allowed to bomb forward on the right and Marshall base himself on the left and drift in I think we'll have the balance that Gary has been searching for. UTO
4evaOWL
prutton is injured isn't he? i think he's out for a few weeks 4eva
Hirsty's Shinpads
The way Madines started he should be the focal point of the attack: but then perhaps McGoldrick playing as second striker, O'Grady playing from the left Marshall from the right with alot of interchanging of position between the 3? This setup with Lowe desperate to get on, 2 from Prutton, Semedo and Lines in CM and a solid back 4 and keeper with competion from the bench could really see us crank up the pressure on our competitors. If we're in the mix in January I can see 2 quality additions being bankrolled by MM and a major push for top spot in the New Year. Bring it on!!!
owler
Damn! And I forgot Palmer who looks like an awesome player! Hope he's dotting the i's on a new contract as we speak!
owler
With JJ coming back from suspension and when Jesus is back ready for selection (I'm no sure how long he's out for??) I think we are closer to the squad that Megson wanted... there are still a few points of weakness but we can now name a 16 man squad where there are true options on the bench rather than players just making up the numbers... If we can keep people fit and out of the ref's book we've a chance now to string some results together and push on from a good position. To be there or there abouts at this point with a match day squad that effectively has been naming itself I'm really hopeful! (as I have been since the start of the season) WAWAW!!!
4evaOWL
 

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