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Hartlepool United 0-1 Wednesday

Hartlepool United
0 - 1

Victoria Park, Hartlepool

01/10/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 6,800


Wednesday picked up arguably their best win of the season so far as Reda Johnson's strike gave the Owls all three points against previously unbeaten Hartlepool United at Victoria Park in npower League One.

Mick Wadsworth's men had been the surprise package of the division to date but Wednesday continued their good run of results against 'Pool to climb up to fourth in the league table.

Johnson struck in the 33rd minute to see Wednesday to victory on a glorious day in the north east and send out a message that Gary Megson and his men are serious promotion candidates this term.

Megson stuck with the same eleven that started the 3-0 victory over Exeter City last time out, with Gary Madine partnering David McGoldrick in attack and David Prutton still sidelined through injury. Chris O'Grady had to be content with a place on the bench.

Both sides went into the game in confident mood and both made attacking starts. Wednesday had plenty of the ball but didn't really threaten the home goal, while at the other end Anthony Sweeney headed the first chance of the game just wide.

Wadsworth's side started to gain the upper hand, although Stephen Bywater in the Owls goal was relatively untroubled, but it was the visitors who found the breakthrough after the half-hour mark.

After defending well at the back, it was an Owls defender who provided what was to be the decisive goal. Ben Marshall hauled a long throw into the box and Reda Johnson rose high to head the ball beyond Scott Flinders, the United goalkeeper, and into the back of the net.

Just as Wednesday wanted to keep their lead in tact, the hosts almost got level immediately after the goal but Rob Jones was alert to block an effort from Gary Liddle inside the box.

It was as close as Hartlepool had come, but it was Wednesday who could have edged further ahead going into half-time.

Marshall saw a free-kick comfortably saved before the tricky winger then had another great chance to double Wednesday's lead. But 'Pools managed to hold out until the interval.

Half-Time: Hartlepool 0-1 Wednesday

And the hosts, not in the habit of losing games so far this season, upped their gear at the start of the second half, with Wednesday's defence having to show their mettle in the opening exchanges of the restart.

The Owls back four were holding firm though, and 'Pools only had a Sweeney effort, which he headed wide from a glorious position following a Nolberto Solano cross, to show for all their possession.

At the other end Gary Madine, in-form of late and eager to continue his goalscoring spree in the north east, had a good chance to extend Wednesday's lead but he fired his shot over the bar.

The hosts were still a threat and they came a lick of paint away from the leveller when Andy Monkhouse saw his powerful effort come crashing back off the woodwork.

It was a warning of what was to come from the hosts, who poured men forward for the equaliser. Wednesday's defence had to be in top form and they were just that, with Bywater enjoying a second clean sheet since his arrival at the club on loan from Derby County.

Liam Palmer did have a chance to add some gloss to the Owls' result, but he failed to find the back of the net from an acute angler after rounding Flinders.

Full-Time: Hartlepool 0-1 Wednesday

Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Humphreys (Poole 71), Solano, Murray (Horwood 46), Liddle, Sweeney, Nish, Boyd (Monkhouse 61). Unused substitutes: Rafferty, Lyuscombe.

Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, Jones, R Johnson, Semedo, Lines, O'Connor (Sedgwick 84), Marshall, McGoldrick (O'Grady 59), Madine (Palmer 67). Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Reynolds.

Date:Sunday October 2 2011
Time: 8:33PM


Listening to Megson's recent post-match interviews is like listening to someone read out my messages on this board. I kept banging on about needing to PASS the ball - a week later he says he's doing PASSING drills in training. I kept banging on about us relying on set pieces to score goals - yesterday he says we've got to stop relying on set pieces to score goals. Coincidence??? WTID
02/10/2011 21:50:00
Whoa, maybe you should sue
02/10/2011 22:05:00
Dribble, he's done what you've asked and you still can't say well done megson.
03/10/2011 09:25:00
Megson_Out putting WTID doesn't mean anything if it is clear you only have anger and venom to direct at the team. I mean are you seriously suggesting Megson comes on hear looks at the comments of someone with a completely irrational and unnecessary hatred for him and then uses them to change his training techniques??? Can't we all just say we have won 3 on the spin, we are 4th in the table and looking upwards and things are going really well the last few weeks! if you first judge a season 10 games in (as most pundits seem to suggest) after 11 it seems to be going pretty well (Stevenage game needs to be deleted from the collective memory but if it is the spur that has finally kicked us on i will take it!)
03/10/2011 09:33:00
Humble pie might taste like ****e but it's not poisonous you know.
03/10/2011 11:27:00
You're wasting your time responding to anything Megson Out has to say. The name says it all. He'll say he's desperate for our club to do well and just wants a manager who can do that. We've got one and as far as I am concerned no real Wednesday fan would give himself such a stupid name and then try so hard to justify it, just because he has a "minority" of other clowns that think like he does on his side, and then make nothing but more stupid comments even when we win. I don't care if he goes to every home and away game of the season - I don't regard Megson Out as a fan and even if Megson does screw up somehow before the end of the season and gets sacked - this guy is not a Wednesday fan. As for humble pie, he won't eat any because he made up his mind about Megson from the off so now he just make things worse by making stupid little points after we win so he doesn't come across quite as stupid as he clearly is. Other than all that, he's alright.
03/10/2011 13:57:00
Could'nt agree more baldowl, i've always said he's not a supporter of this club, i think he's a pig or Bolton fan ?
ecco owl
03/10/2011 14:34:00
on an unrelated note, Gary Madine should clearly have higher ratings then he currently does on FIFA 12.
Carbone's Padawan
03/10/2011 16:48:00
Agree Padawan but he increases quickly in manager mode when hes banging them in like the goal machine he is!
03/10/2011 18:31:00
Megson is slowly but surely starting to get in me good books! I think unbeaten till the end of oct with a win at scumhole lane then ill like him better than kps (as long as he gets us up)
03/10/2011 19:03:00
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