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United 2-2 Wednesday

2 - 2

Bramall Lane, Sheffield

16/10/11 - 12 noon

Attendance: 28,136


WEDNESDAY netted twice in the last eight minutes to secure a deserved share of the spoils in an entertaining first Sheffield derby of the season at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

First-half strikes from Stephen Quinn and Ched Evans had put the Blades ahead in a first-half that Wednesday will have felt they deserved much more from.

But Chris O'Grady netted his first Wednesday goal in the 82nd minute to give the visitors hope before Gary Madine netted minutes later to rescue a point for Gary Megson's men and give the Owls, if anyone, the bragging rights from the first Steel City clash of the campaign.

The Owls were backed by a sell-out 4,300 at Bramall Lane but almost 11,000 packed into the Hillsborough South Stand and Grandstand to witness the match on large television screens.

Megson brought Reda Johnson back into the Owls' back-four after he missed the last game through international duty, while O'Grady started in attacking alongside Madine, the league's top scorer.

Typically, the game started in frantic fashion and both sides looked penetrating early on, although it was the hosts who broke the deadlock 11 minutes in through Quinn.

Evans smashed the woodwork with his initial effort and the ball bounced straight into the stride of Quinn, who powered his effort into the back of the net in front of the home Kop.

It gave the hosts a huge boost but Wednesday could have, and perhaps should have, provided an immediate reply. Steve Simonson denied Madine and he scrambled to make a superb save when O'Grady looked favourite to hit the rebound in for the leveller.

And it acted to spur the Blades on yet again, with the hosts going down the other end and doubling their lead somewhat against the run of play. Bywater could do little as Evans directed his header beyond him and into the back of the net after 20 minutes.

It was a nightmare start for the Owls, but to their credit, their heads didn't drop. James O'Connor put a header over the bar as Megson's men looked to grab a lifeline before the break. Ben Marshall also saw a shot tipped onto the crossbar while Danny Batth headed wide from a Marshall corner.

It was the Blades who were seemingly in control at the interval, but Wednesday knew there was still a way back into the contest.

Half-Time: United 2-0 Wednesday

Wednesday knew they needed more of an attacking threat on the resumption and Jermaine Johnson was brought on to replace O'Connor at the start of the second half.

But, with the hosts enjoying a two goal cushion, Danny Wilson's men seemed happy to sit back on their lead with chances being at a premium in the opening stages of the second half - something which suited the Blades.

Tricky winger Marshall was the Owls' main source of chances, first hitting a free-kick over before producing a fine ball for Madine, who headed just over after the hour mark.

United still had chances of their own, although Bywater wasn't tested too much, with Rob Jones being the man to divert the danger away when new signing Matt Phillips produced a dangerous-looking cross.

They say 2-0 is sometimes a 'dangerous' lead (not my thinking!), and on this occasion at least it proved true as O'Grady reduced the deficit with eight minutes to go to make it a nervy ending for the home, and away, fans.

It gave the Owls hope and that hope soon turned to full on joy as Madine levelled with his eleventh goal of the season just minutes later.

He rose high to win the ball from Simonsen, with some home fans calling for a foul on their goalkeeper, and steer the ball into the back of the net to spark scenes of mass celebration in the away end and back at S6.

United: Simonsen, Lowton, Montgomery, Evans (Porter 84), Williamson (Phillips 68), Collins, Cresswell, Maguire, McDonald, Quinn, Williams. Substitutes: Jean-Francois, Long, Clarke.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, Jones, R Johnson, Marshall, Semedo, O'Connor (J Johnson 46), Lines, Madine, O'Grady. Substitutes: O'Donnell, Bennett, Prutton, Palmer.

Date:Monday October 17 2011
Time: 10:49PM


We were unlucky in the first half, lucky in the second, and if we keep on relying on set pieces to rescue points from mediocre performances our luck will start to run out. If Stoke let us keep Marshall, great, we might just make the play-offs, but without him we're predictable and ugly. A typical Megson team. After 9 months in charge that's not my idea of progress.
17/10/2011 23:27:00
I know it broke a few thousand pigs hearts when we scored them two late goals yesterday, but i bet you were distraught M-O
ecco owl
17/10/2011 23:51:00
Wow! M_O really!!! I'd make a point or 3 but its clear logic is irrelevant to you: and points are of no concern either! OK I'll make one: all that maters this season is promotion nothing else. Actually lets make it 2 - the only way we get to keep Marshall for the second part of this season; and perhaps secure one or 2 crucial January loan deals/signings is to be in the mix come the window. I love great passing football however all I want right now is Sheffield Wednesday to be promoted: only then can the true rebuilding begin.
18/10/2011 00:27:00
i'd have taken a point before the game, so well pleased with comeback. thought united's first goal was pretty flukey. i was struggling to see the foul on their keeper for our equaliser, he just failed to get the ball. and whoever said o'connor was to blame for 2nd goal is being daft, it was simply good play from evans
Hirsty's Shinpads
18/10/2011 08:14:00
So that was a mediocre performance was it? To have three times the number of strikes and twice as many corners as the home side, who were the bookies' favourites don't forget, seems like a mighty effort to me. In fact, I'd call it a colossal performance from a squad that continues to show improvement with each game. Y' know folks, I'd actually made a promise to myself to ignore this kind of negativity and treat such comments with the contempt they deserve, but I can't believe I'm still reading this 'no progress in nine months' bull*****. Seriously, it's starting to do my head in!
18/10/2011 08:48:00
should have been at least 5-2 to owls. it just seemed like it wouldnt be our day. but we kept going and got something out of the game
18/10/2011 09:06:00
M-O just say we were to get rid of Gary Megson today, because for the last 9 months no progress has been made according to you, Marshall would go straight back to Stoke, because the only reason he's here now is that Pulis is a good friend of Gary's you idiot.
ecco owl
18/10/2011 09:25:00
Why can't people give credit where credits due, we go to our old rivals in game that this year has some real meaning to it as both clubs are looking to get promoted, we out play them, unfortunately go 2 down and still don't give up and come away with a fantistic result, infact we were unlucky not to leave without all 3 points. What type of football do you think were going to play in a derby? I don't give a monkeys if we longball or have to relie on set prices. People have to get real and grow up. We have the bragging rights after Sundays game and I can see us winning this league.
18/10/2011 09:53:00
You are all wasting your time saying anything about MO. The man is an idiot plain and simple, just in case the name didn't give it away in the first place. Even if we win this league he'll continue to try and discredit Megson because he has to justify his stupid name. I think we should start a campaign against MO called MOO -Megson Out Out. In the meantime, the best we can do is ignore his comments completely and continue threads as though he never said anything. This is the last time I will bother to address anything to do with him. Fantastic result and performance from the team in the end and should give them a massive amount of confidence to come back in that way in a difficult derby. Megson has done brilliantly so far and deserves the credit. Its still early but this team looks too good at the moment to do anything less than the play-offs because I haven't seen 6 better teams in this league so far and I'm sure we can get better.
18/10/2011 10:34:00
The way Wednesay are playing excites me. We have direction when we get the ball, gone are the days of Potter passing it sideways and nobody ever wanting the ball or having no clue what to do with it. We have 3 strikers who can all score goals, the goal machine is clearly going to be class for years to come and O'Grady also looks like he has attributes to be quality too. They also seem to have desire. Looking forward to the return of Lowe. I trust in our full backs and Reda is a beast. All the back four can score as can our midfield. My only squad player I am not keen on is J'OC but no team can be perfect. We can score from all over the pitch and most times in their half you feel like we should create a chance. Marshall looks class and I am hoping Palmer makes the right wing spot his own. If he can't because Johnson has found form then we are going to be an awesome attacking team with pace on one wing and creativity on the other. Gary Megson has a good sense of humour and although he's a bit of a cock you kind of love him. The players also play for him else we wouldn't be unbeaten in the last 5, have a 100% home record, the top scorer in the league, Marshall probably one of the best creative players in the league and the rest of the side know he is making sense and that is why they all went and jumped on him after scoring the second. I expect promotion because we are one of the best teams in the league not just the best club this season. I am well and truly in the Megson camp following derby day and will keep the faith. You don't dominate your local rivals, create shed loads of chances and come back with 2 goals in the last 10 minutes away from home unless you have a damn good team and thats what we have shown. Thankyou over and M_O out!
18/10/2011 10:35:00
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