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Wednesday 2-2 Hartlepool United

Wednesday
2 - 2
Hartlepool United

Hillsborough, Sheffield

21/01/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 17,469

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Wednesday were left disappointed at home for the second week running as Antony Sweeney's late leveller gave Hartlepool United a share of the spoils at Hillsborough.

It was a case of two points dropped as far as Gary Megson's men were concerned as Sweeney produced a superb late lob over Owls stopper Nicky Weaver to give the visitors a point.

Neale Cooper's men had taken the lead early in the second half through Peter Hartley, who was lucky to be on the pitch following a first-half foul on Gary Madine, before the Owls hit back to take the lead through Jermaine Johnson and Madine.

But Sweeney's late strike saw Wednesday drop vital points at home for the second week running after Charlton Athletic inflicted a first home league defeat on the Owls last weekend.

Lewis Buxton made a welcome return from injury to plug the gap left by Ben Marshall in midfield, while Madine continued in attack and Mike Jones made his second start of the spin following his move from Bury.

The blustery conditions were going to make any kind of free-flowing football difficult for either side but it was Wednesday who started brighter when Chris O'Grady sent an early effort wide of goal.

The Owls continued their attacking threat towards the Leppings Lane end and Mike Jones was twice thwarted in a glorious position. The new man got on the end of a Buxton cross and saw his first effort blocked by a defender before Scott Flinders, the Pools stopper, did well to block his second shot.

Despite having most of the early chances Wednesday let their standards slip as the half wore on. First, Weaver had to be alert to deny former Owl Steve Haslam, and then Reda Johnson rushed back to clear the danger after a sloppy back-pass put the Owls in unnecessary danger.

The hosts soon got back in control and Madine will have felt he should have done better when his flick from a dangerous Johnson cross beat Flinders but drifted the wrong side of goal.

United were lucky to go into the interval with all eleven men on the pitch after Hartley hauled down Madine when the Owls' top-scorer was through on goal. The home support called for a red card but the officials only decided on a yellow after consultation.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Hartlepool United

Wednesday were slow out of the traps in the second half and the visitors took full advantage by stealing into the lead.

The visitors won a corner kick and Evan Horwood swung his set-piece on to the head of Hartley, who powered his header beyond Weaver to make it 1-0 in United's favour.

It gave the visitors a big lift and helped push Wednesday, or should that be Jermaine Johnson, introduced as a second half substitute in place of Reda Johnson, into the next gear.

Pools led for just eleven minutes when the Jamaican produced a superb leveller for Megson's men. He charged towards goal on the right and beat four men before unleashing an unstoppable low shot beyond Flinders and into the back of the net.

The goal gave the Owls the lift they needed in search of three crucial points. Danny Batth headed just inches over the bar from a Paul Lines cross before Miguel Llera, introduced for the inured Rob Jones, also came close.

Wednesday looked the more likely to bag the next goal and that came with just over 15 minutes to go through that man Madine. The Owls' top-scorer was well-positioned inside the box and he waited for a loose ball to drop before slamming it into the back of the net to put the hosts in control.

It looked like there was only going to be one winner as Wednesday dominated possession. Ryan Lowe came close to grabbing Wednesday's third when he chipped his maker before drilling a low effort wide.

But the Owls were hit with a sucker-punch with just three minutes to go. Weaver was caught off-guard and Sweeney produced a pin-point lob over the Owls' number one to give the visitors a point.

Full-Time: Wednesday 2-2 Hartlepool United

Wednesday: Weaver, Otsemobor, R Jones (Llera 65), Batth, R Johnson (J Johnson 46), Buxton, Semedo, Lines, M Jones (Lowe 56), O'Grady, Madine. Unused substitutes: Bywater, Morrison.

Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Liddle, Collins, Horwood, Monkhouse, Sweeney, Haslam (Brown 80), Murray (Humphreys 67), Hartley, James. Unused substitutes: Rafferty, Boyd, Baldwin.


Writer:Nick
Date:Saturday January 21 2012
Time: 6:35PM

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Totatlly gutted with that result.Again enough chances made but not put in the net.We need to step up to the plate now and get this team back on the winning track before a season that looked full of hope gets dragged from under our feet.Think Ogrady shud av ago on the wing and giv lowe a chance.
ollyowl70
21/01/2012 19:08:00
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Agree Olly, Lowe should be given a go up front from the start. He looked good when he came on. This result feels more like a loss than a draw. We need to do a Charlton and grind out results whether we play well or not. Bring on Tuesday, we need a win to keep the pressure on or we might find ourselves slipping down the league after such a promising first half of the season. UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
21/01/2012 19:40:00
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I see Ben10 didn't even make the bench today after a very productive reserves game mid week. Surplus to requirements at Stoke, a great player not playing football.... Saddens me. Come home to S6 Ben, we miss you. UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
21/01/2012 20:11:00
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If we don't win Tuesday will have to settle for playoffs I reckon, not even a draw will be good enough. Were making chances but just not making them count. And how many times are we going to drop points late on?
OWL25
21/01/2012 20:19:00
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Boys there is still a lot to play for! The next game against Scunthorpe won't be easy and then MK Dons. They are coming thick and fast. This team still has a lot left in it and I think some players will get a chance over the next few weeks who haven't played recently. The team will start to pick itself and I see us getting maximum points for the whole month of February, then lets see where we are!
Devon_Owl
21/01/2012 23:50:00
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It was not a classic and we need to be taking 3 points week in and week out at this stage.But still we had the luck with the blunts,dropping points and also MK.Huddersfield were lucky to take 3 points.Still win our game in hand and there are 3 teams joint second and we still have to play each other .Does anyone agree that maybe Weaver has come back too soon?When Bywater had a run we was not conceding many.It is hard as they are both great keepers.And also O Grady is not hitting the next as often as he should be?should Lowe be given a start from the off?
garrymo
22/01/2012 09:58:00
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How many more times do we have to listen to the comment "We have to learn" Who is teaching them? and who is not learning? only GM knows who it is. Were all looking forward now surely for this not to happen again, but if it does I suppose we'll just have to learn.
andymac-scoresagoal
22/01/2012 10:08:00
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Luck is against us at the moment. Thanks Nick for pointing out that Hartlepool had The Almighty playing for them and if Ryan Lowe hadn't chipped him his low drilled effort would surely have gone in! Plus, Huddersfield were gifted two points by a referee performance Mr. Magoo would have been proud of. I'd have preferred it if the Pigs scabbed a draw too, but you've gotta laugh! I won't suggest where GM needs to make changes but I bet there are some between now and MK away.
OurMaurice
22/01/2012 10:16:00
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Sorry lads but Wednesday need to start keeping clean sheets like others around us, 8 clean sheets out of 26 games says it all, even Tramere and Walsall have let less in than us and played a game more, 20 games left, we need 10 clean sheet and that would probably see us go up, when your not prolific at the other end it puts more pressure on the defence to keep it tight, our best result of the season so far is 3-0 against Exeter we need a few more results like that please Gary, and stop letting in silly goals, don't think its anything to do with luck you make your own luck, for me its just bad finishing and poor defending, get one of them right and with points we have at the moment should see us home, rant over.
ecco owl
22/01/2012 14:17:00
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No arguments ecco owl. I'm loathed to criticize Weaver, or RO'D for that matter. Keepers make good saves, that's what they're there for. But how a defence plays in front of them is best judged by looking at the stats: (League only) Weaver P8 Clean sheets2 Defeats2. RO'D P6 Clean sheets0 Defeats3. Bywater P12 Clean sheets6 Defeats1. I'm sure GM has already figured this out for himself.
OurMaurice
22/01/2012 15:36:00
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