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Scunthorpe United 1 - Wednesday 3

Glanford Park, Scunthorpe

24/01/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 5,727

Scunthorpe United 1-3 Wednesday

Wednesday moved level on points with Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United in joint second by winning their game in hand 3-1 at Scunthorpe United.

A first-half brace from Chris O'Grady got the Owls going before Jermaine Johnson added a third early in the second half. The Iron pulled a goal back through former Blades product Jordan Robertson but the result never looked in doubt.

Owls boss Gary Megson made five changes to the side that drew with Hartlepool United at the weekend with Stephen Bywater, Miguel Llera, Daniel Jones, Jermaine Johnson and Liam Palmer all handed starts.

It was simply a must win for Wednesday to keep pace with Town and the Blades in the hunt for promotion while for Scunthorpe, three points were required to help them battle against relegation.

The Owls couldn't have asked for a better start as the 2,000-plus travelling Owls fans gathered in two stands barely had time to settle into position when O'Grady fired them ahead.

It came after just 47 seconds as Llera produced a pin-point pass to find O'Grady, whose neat first touch allowed him to steer his shot beyond Iron goalkeeper Sam Slocombe and into the back of the net to set the blue and white ball rolling.

The goal gave the visitors, without a league win in two games, a vital boost and the enjoyed the majority of the early possession. Andy Barcham saw a chance come and go for the hosts but it was Wednesday who went on to bag the next goal and double their lead through that man O'Grady.

The Owls won a corner and Chris Lines floated a dangerous ball straight onto the head of O'Grady, who thumped his effort into the back of the net to double Wednesday's lead and put them in cruise control.

The recalled Bywater hardly had a save to make as the Owls pushed forward in search of more goals to cement their dominance. Liam Palmer struck one effort wide from a corner while O'Grady came close to registering a first-half hat-trick when he turned his marker before seeing his effort bounce off the post and behind.

Half-Time: Scunthorpe 0-2 Wednesday

Gary Megson will have no doubt asked for more of the same at the interval and he got exactly that.

The Owls mirrored their impressive start to the match in the second half when jet-heeled Johnson beat his marker before slotting his finish beyond Slocombe to almost put the game beyond doubt.

The match looked over as a contest but, less than ten minutes later, Alan Knill's men pulled a goal back. Robertson, the former Blades man, swooped to head home a Josh Walker corner and give the Iron a lifeline in the 55th minute.

It forced the game to be much more open, something that probably suited Scunthorpe in their search for a leveller but something that gave the Owls a chance to hit their hosts on the break, especially with the pace of Johnson.

The Jamaican was proving a problem for the United defence throughout and he'll have more likely than not won over Megson with his performance.

It was O'Grady, however, who nearly netted the Owls' fourth and his third. This time Slocombe produced a good diving save to deny the former Rochdale man the match ball .

Wednesday had to hold off a few dangerous raids from the hosts late on but Bywater was never really truly threatened and Wednesday comfortably clung on for a big win.

Full-Time: Scunthorpe 1-3 Wednesday

Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Nolan, Togwell, O'Connor (Grant 53), Robertson, Thompson, Walker, Reid, Canavan, Barcham (Duffy 53), Ribeiro (Wright 4). Unused substitutes: Lillis, Mozika.

Wednesday: Bywater, Otsemobor, Batth, Llera, D Jones (Beevers 38), J Johnson (M Jones 90), Lines, Semedo, Palmer, O'Grady, Madine (Morrison 89). Unused substitutes: Weaver, Lowe.




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Date:Tuesday January 24 2012

Time: 10:13PM

Your Comments

And suddenly everything looks positive
Devon_Owl
Good result marred only by the reports in the daily mail that Ben10 is signing for Leicester. Bloody gutted.
Carbone's Padawan
great professional performance. hopefully that will set the benchmark of what we have to do if we're not getting Marshall back
welshyowl
Joint second might be putting a bit of a rose tint on things but at least it keeps us in touch however its the reason why Charlton will win this league, they are not slipping up as much.
trustout
Correct, Devon_Owl. So what's all this fuss about? I suppose it might have something to do with that abnormally large disappointment gene present in the DNA of Wednesdayites everywhere. Anyway, a tidy win all things considered. You called it right for Meggo to make more use of his squad and 4evaOWL correctly predicted five changes from Saturday's starting line-up. Now I suggest the pair of you put your heads together and come up with tonight's winning Lottery numbers. C'mon, quick-quick...
OurMaurice
Great result. Pretty much dominated the game. Bad news for DJ, who was having a decent game by the sound of it. Onwards and upwards. Hope these reports that Ben10 is going to Leicester are untrue and if not, WHY did we not stup up the cash to get him. With this mentality we will never get to the championship and beyond... Not the first time we've been gazumped.... Humph! UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
That should read stump rather than stup......
Owlsmad
Great win last night o'Grady was outstanding and should have easily had a hat trick. JJ was quality again as well two class goals in as many games maybe people will now give him another chance. A few moments at the back again when we looked dodgy but Beevers was out of position and struggled at LB only disapointment was the ref again what a joke gave us nothing all game.
retfordowl1867
I hope this comes across right because it is a genuine question. Is Ben Marshall worth 500,000? My personal feeling is no. His contract runs out at the end of the season does it not? So then he would be a free agent. Has he proven himself at any level above league 1? Not yet, I am not saying he won't but I feel it lowers his value. Leon Clarke scores tonnes in league 1 would you pay 500,000 for him.... (Brian Laws?-In his defence I always saw potential in Clarke, it also became obvious he will never reach that but that's another story). Back to the point, Ben has been quality so if Megson who sees him day in day out at training and can compare his ability to that of Premier league players he has coached then I expect Megson will be saying I must have him. Paul Aldridge (is that our director) may value him less than that but I think Megson may actually get the rule over this and maybe he doesn't think he is worth 500,000? I feel I am due some abuse for this....
Devon_Owl
Also if you struggle to follow the points I was trying to make I am sorry I don't write good england
Devon_Owl
Oooh, can o' worms alert! I'd actually agree with you Devon_Owl, transfer fees are hard to justify at the best of times. How much did Arsenal pay for Oxlade-Chamberlain and how old is he? He never appeared outside of this division either unless I'm mistaken. Selling clubs try their luck, look at Norwich and Cody McDonald. Meggo was quoted saying the fee was nuts yet Coventry paid it! I think we lost ALF to Reading over personal terms but Radon will have the definitive answer on that one. If you asked Meggo about Ben10 I think he'd want him back in, however possible; loan, permanent, anything, as our chances of success are better with him available for selection. We can each put our own value on that. But as I've suggested many times already, there's an agent with his snout in the trough. Stoke have made their offer and we've made ours, but it's all about his cut between now and the end of January. I doubt MM will pay over the odds for a player no-one had heard of last August but someone might. (Hope not!)
OurMaurice
I totally agree OurMaurice, that if it was upto Ben he would be wearing blue and white. It's not that simple when an ars.... oops, sorry I mean agent, when an agent is involved. It would just be good for us to rival the big spenders once in a while and splash the cash on a very talented, YOUNG prospect. I totally trust GM and MM (fingers crossed) to get us out of the league, I just hope it's through automatics rather than the play off's. My heart can't take it anymore haha. UTO WTID.
Owlsmad
I wondered if Ben was worth the money being talked about but as has been said above it's his worth to us and his potential that are the key factors. If the 10,000 a week he is after (Well what his agent is after) is the real figure then I can't see us paying it. Meggo is trying to put a true TEAM together with no one player at it's centre. The transfer fee and wages could get us two additional squad members at least and who's to say Meggo's eye for talent can't find us some proper bargins. I'm still hopeful that Mike Jones is taking some time to settle before turning into another Lines. When Lines turned up there was banter on here saying this is not the type of transfer we should be going for and yet he's turned into a regular and I think is improving match on match. I was after sweeping changes against Scunthorpe and got them unfortunately due more to injuries than tactics but the team were playing for the shirt, the club and the support the way it should be. Llera's ball to O'grady was only beaten in class by Chris' instant control. The talk of Ben I think has over-shadowed slightly what we actually have at the club and I just really hope that in the next couple of days 2 or 3 players enter the gates and are taken to the back of the Kop for their chat with Gary in regards to "what Wednesday are all about". If Ben comes back ideally I would like to see him on loan, if not I would like him back as I said the other day but on a 3-4 year deal with the view of potentially selling him at the end of the season if required. (lets face it we wouldn't make a loss on him.) I have pushed this to a "like to see" situation instead of a "must have" for me, we should continue on our path and continue to build with Wisdom and Courage!! (Now where have I heard that before?!) I'm thinking that next Tuesday has to remain our prime focus and the cup has to be second to the leauge. With Llera and MJ not allowed to play and the new injury concerns it could be sweeping changes again at the weekend but I think that's no bad thing. We know who our best 11 are so does Gary but he also knows that it was starting to look a little tired/Stale. I really think our season will be decided in the next month. As you say "Owlsmad" I just hope we hit an automatic spot again and keep it!! My nightmare is a play-off final/Semi against UTD... I don't think I could handle that stress. UTO WTID WAWAW
4evaOWL
At the end of the day I really, really hope Ben10 comes back, and given the choice I'd much sooner he came back as our player not Stoke's. But it's out of our hands and I do trust GM to do what's right for his team. It's worth remembering Ben was unheard of, an untried youngster returning from injury when he joined us. He could have bombed, or else he could've joined a smaller club on loan where his form would largely have gone unnoticed. I think GM and Pulis were doing a favour for one another in that respect. Meggo needed a winger and Pulis had a player whose contract was up soon and there was no guarantee Stoke would offer him another. But he has sparkled with us and for that Meggo deserves some credit. Ben has caught the eye of a number of clubs but it seems like no-one is willing to meet his (...cough!) agent's terms. If I was Ben Marshall (hahahaha!) I'd take a step back and ask myself what has happened during the last five months that's turned my career on it's head. The answer is Sheffield Wednesday. His best chance of maintaining the progress he's shown so far is to continue from where he left off. You can't substitute big crowds and games that matter for reserve matches in empty stadiums plus there's no guarantee he'd become an instant hit someplace else. So Ben, take some advice from your old uncle OurMaurice; go and have a quiet word with the shark in the camel hair coat and tell him to do whatever's necessary to get you back at S6.
OurMaurice
Well said Uncle Maurice. Though I was due a barrage of abuse but also thought it was worth bringing up. We shouldn't focus too hard on one player when we have put a decent squad together. Also if anyone can give Marshall a value it is Megson so I hope terms can be sorted and if we are still going for him at 500,000 then I am very excited. Definitely the best place for him, lets see if football or money wins this time. And whoever pointed out the fact he is worth more in our situation makes a good point. As I say whether MM GM and the other bloke decide he is worth stumping up the cash is a decision I will respect either way.
Devon_Owl
Check us out being all grown up... I hope that Ben has someone giving him good advice. He has been quoted saying that he is just trying to enjoy his football and improve his game, his future he is leaving up to his agent. Needs an "Uncle OurMaurice" on his shoulder reminding him that he should be contributing to the decisions that form the path he is going to walk. Approaching the Ben 10 situation like I do each game with hope and not expectation. If he comes back I will be totally chuffed but I refuse to believe it will define our season I have trust in who we have and the men at the top. I do think a few new faces to freshen things up and provide options are still required. Have you seen that Megson has come out and said he's interested in a Swansea centre midfield player that's been out for ages with knee issues?? UTO IMMIT
4evaOWL
Ferrie Bodde is his name... for the life of me couldn't remember it! WAWAW
4evaOWL
 

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