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Scunthorpe United 1-3 Wednesday

Scunthorpe United
1 - 3

Glanford Park, Scunthorpe

24/01/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 5,727


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.

Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
Time: 10:13PM

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And suddenly everything looks positive
24/01/2012 22:34:00
Good result marred only by the reports in the daily mail that Ben10 is signing for Leicester. Bloody gutted.
Carbone's Padawan
25/01/2012 00:13:00
great professional performance. hopefully that will set the benchmark of what we have to do if we're not getting Marshall back
25/01/2012 00:31:00
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.
25/01/2012 00:48:00
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...
25/01/2012 08:33:00
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.
25/01/2012 09:47:00
That should read stump rather than stup......
25/01/2012 09:48:00
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.
25/01/2012 11:20:00
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....
25/01/2012 21:02:00
Also if you struggle to follow the points I was trying to make I am sorry I don't write good england
25/01/2012 21:04:00
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