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Oldham Athletic 0 - Wednesday 2

Boundary Park, Oldham

10/12/11 - 3pm

Attendance: 7,060

Oldham Athletic 0-2 Wednesday

Wednesday cemented their place in the npower League One automatic promotion spots with a convincing 2-0 victory at in-form Oldham Athletic.

Second-half goals from David Prutton and Ryan Lowe, from the penalty spot, gave the Owls a deserved win across the Pennines. Defeat for Huddersfield Town saw the Owls extend the gap from the play-offs to three points, while also closing the gap on leaders Charlton Athletic, who were held to a draw.

Prutton, recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of the injured James O'Connor, netted a screamer of a goal to open the scoring before substitute Lowe sealed the win late on from the spot.

Owls boss Gary Megson made a string of changes to the side that progressed in the FA Cup last weekend. Sanchez Watt played for the first time since making his loan switch from Arsenal, playing up top with Chris O'Grady, while Ben Marshall, David Prutton, Danny Batth and Stephen Bywater all returned.

Both sides were in form going into the game and it was Latics captain Dean Furman who drilled a long-range effort just wide early on as the hosts looked to kick-on from their midweek JP Trophy win over Bradford City.

The hosts came even closer not long after when former Owls striker Shefki Kuqi sent a header just over the bar following good work by Robbie Simpson down the wing. It was a positive start by the Latics and Wednesday needed to find a way to get back into it.

The visitors' first chance came through Marshall, who was ill going into the game and eventually subbed at the interval, who sent a free-kick just over the bar.

Oldham had the better of the first-half and Simpson looked the man to be wary of for the hosts, forcing Bywater into two good saves - one just before the interval as the scoreline remained goalless going into the break.

Half-Time: Oldham 0-0 Wednesday

Wednesday needed improvements after the break if they were to return to Yorkshire with anything to show for their efforts and they got just that. Megson brought on Lowe for the ill Marshall.

The change, although forced, almost paid off when the former Bury hitman tested Oldham stopper Alex Cisak with a good effort shortly after his introduction.

It was going to need something special to break the deadlock in a game of few chances and Prutton provided just that for the Owls.

Firing towards the travelling Owls that made up over half the attendance at Boundary Park, Prutton rolled back the year to produce some brilliant ball control, beating two Oldham players before striking an unstoppable effort beyond Cisak to give Wednesday the lead.

The Latics were now forced to take the game to Wednesday but Bywater didn't have too much to do in goal as the Owls took control of proceedings.

Wednesday still needed another goal to do away with any kind of tense ending and Lowe provided it from the spot with eight minutes to go.

Watt looked dangerous in the Athletic penalty area and Simpson, his marker, was adjudged to have felled the Arsenal loanee in the box, giving the referee no option other than to point to the spot.

Lowe stepped up and made no mistake to wrap the points up and send the travelling Wednesdayites barmy behind the goal.

Full-Time: Oldham 0-2 Wednesday

Oldham: Cisak, Yves M'Voto (Tarkowski 56), Black, Diamond, Furman, Simpson, Adeyemi (Smith 75), Parker (Morais 69), Lee, Scapuzzi, Kuqi. Unused substitutes: Bouzanis, Mancini.

Wednesday: Bywater, Tavernier, Batth, Jones, R Johnson, Watt (Bennett 87), Semedo, Lines, Prutton, Marshall (Lowe 46), O'Grady. Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, J Johnson, Morrison.




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Date:Saturday December 10 2011

Time: 10:13PM

Your Comments

Great result and a brilliant day for us results wise. Massive game next weekend just massive.
owler
Great day for Wednesday. If we were wondering what Megson is planning with these loan players I think this makes it pretty clear: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16015587.stm January is going to be an interesting time. Really hope we can keep building. Megson wins me over more and more every day! Megson_out remains silent...
Devon_Owl
Couldn't be happier, and a clean sheet, to boot! I agree Devon_Owl... I'm over the moon for Megson. To be fair, Megson_Out gave his final transmission last week and admitted that he was wrong and MM i our man; well played on his part. I can't wait until next Saturday. UTO!!!
Colorado Owl
well done lads, good job so far. megson has made us a much more professional outfit
Hirsty's Shinpads
Sorry M_O, didn't see that post. Takes a big man to say he was wrong and proves you always had Wednesday interests at heart. So far I haven't been proved wrong about J'OC, just seen Prutton's goal. I think really it just looks good for Megson. J'OC wasn't his signing but he was fair playing him while we were winning in place of Prutton who was injured. Up to Prutton now to keep his place. What is the verdict on Lines? Not getting to many games this season
Devon_Owl
There's bound to be a big build-up to Saturday's game but it goes to show just how quickly situations change. It's still a 4 horse plus 1 pig race at the top but a few weeks ago the top two were threatening to run away with it. Well not anymore. You don't need to be a genius to figure out where an Owls win will leave Huddersfield after this weekend and I reckon their efforts to try a few 'mind games' ahead of this fixture have backfired horribly too. By claiming an interest in Ben Marshall they've effectively invited comparisons between our two clubs and Saturday is our chance to declare it a 'no contest'. The last weekend prior to Xmas usually sees a drop in average attendances but I'd expect this fixture to exceed the 28,000 who witnessed the Sheffield derby. Why? Because it's a great time to be a Wednesdayite. I know MM has been in and around football for some time now but I wonder if he's ever known a year quite like this one. Sleeping giant? Nah! We were resting, and now we're raring to go. Some of our players are still getting used to the big match atmosphere and recent results suggest they're beginning to get a taste for it. Well keep this up lads, and with 13 home games lined up for the 2nd half of the season, there'll be plenty more to follow this next one. With the transfer window due to open up there'll be no shortage of players who'd fancy a move to Hillsborough and, more importantly, I'm counting on a few who'd much prefer to stay. 'Tis the season to be merry (and all that!).
OurMaurice
Good news to hear talks have already started with respect to Marshall and Bywater and also the possibility of Batth becoming a permanent fixture.
The Fantham
Saturday V Huddersfield. Simply a 6 point must win game. Are you confident. I am. 3~1. Onwards and Upwards. Victory for us will really shatter their confidence and hopefully "The Terriers" will rollover, realise they this season are not what they were last, and admit they are a league one "SELLING" club.
Kettering OWL 1963
It's great to feel the optimism again at Hillsborough but I get nervous when everyone starts talking as if promotion is now pretty much a foregone conclusion. Remember we were in 2nd place (admittedly with fewer points) this time last year and going in to the new year. Still, I agree that Megson gives us more grounds for confidence. MK Dons sound like they might be our biggest threat; by all accounts they play some great football. Personally I would like us to go up as champions but would be happy to see Huddersfield in 2nd place and would not even be too upset if United made it through the play-offs. Derby days are guaranteed to promote excitement in Sheffield and as long as Wednesday keep destroying Utds dreams all well and good.
owling wolf
we were not 2nd in december last year, we were 6th at best, remember irvine got sacked just after new year.
ozzietheowl
On 29th December 2010 we were 2nd on 33 points to Brighton. On 1st Jan 2011 we were 5th (still on 33 points). I said we were 2nd "going in to the new year".
owling wolf
We didnt play any fixtures over christmas last year which didnt help! As long as Milan has fixed the plumbing this year should hopefully be a lot different!!
Owls That!
 

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