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Wednesday 2 - Yeovil 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

4/2/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 17,213

Wednesday 2-1 Yeovil

Wednesday came from behind to beat Yeovil and move back into the automatic promotion spots in npower League One at a chilly Hillsborough.

Jonathan Obika gave Gary Johnson's struggling side a shock first-half lead before second-half strikes from Jermaine Johnson and Reda Johnson led the Owls to three massive points in the race for promotion.

Huddersfield Town's draw against MK Dons and the fact Sheffield United, as well as many other sides in League One, saw their game postponed due to the cold snap, meant Gary Megson's men could take full advantage to move second - and they did just that.

Loan signing John Bostock made his full debut for the Owls at Hillsborough and wing wizard Johnson returned to the starting eleven following the midweek draw at MK Dons.

The Owls would have been most people's bet for a win on any betting coupon but Yeovil came and more than matched Wednesday in the opening exchanges.

Chances were few and far between in chilly conditions and the first real chance came after 18 minutes through Bostock. Jon Otsemobor was fouled on the edge of the box and the on-loan Spurs man saw his resulting free-kick skim the netting.

The chance opened the game up somewhat and the visitors went down the other end to carve out a first chance of their end. Dean Parrett was the man with the chance but David Prutton was well-positioned to block his effort.

It was Yeovil's best moment of the match up until that point but their best was yet to come.

The Owls were left shocked going into half-time as Johnson's men snatched the lead four minutes before the interval. Gavin Williams provided Obika with the chance to produce a cool finish and give the visitors a slender half-time advantage.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Yeovil

The Owls started the second half with attacking intent and Gary Madine, who was having a relatively quiet game, sent an early effort just wide of Sam Walker's goal.

It didn't take long for Megson to make changes to his side and both Ryan Lowe and Lewis Buxton were introduced in place of Madine and Otsemobor respectively.

The changes almost worked instantly when Lowe found the ball inside the box but Walker got down to save his low effort and keep his side in front.

Lowe, however, continued to look lively in attack and added an extra dimension to Wednesday's attacking play.

Wednesday were having the best of the second half play and they were rewarded on 57 minutes. Jermaine Johnson picked up the ball at the edge of the box and let fly with an unstoppable effort that flew into the top corner in front of the Kop.

It lifted the hosts and Reda Johnson almost turned the game on its head but his header went wide from a dangerous Bostock cross as the pressure started to build on the Yeovil goal.

O'Grady and Lowe also saw good chances come and go for the hosts but the winner wasn't far away and it was Reda Johnson who got it to make it a Johnson double. Walker did brilliantly to deny substitute Clinton Morrison's initial effort but he could do nothing to stop Reda's follow-up.

In typically Wednesday fashion, it was a tense final few minutes with Yeovil creating a couple of good opportunities late on, but the Owls hung on for three big points.

Wednesday: Bywater, Otsemobor (Buxton 53), Llera, Batth, R Johnson, Bostock, Semedo, Prutton, J Johnson, O'Grady (Morrison 68), Madine (Lowe 53). Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Lines.

Yeovil: Walker, Ayling, N'Gala, A Williams, Upson, G Williams, Dickson, Edwards, Parrett (Haynes-Brown 76), Hinds, Obika. Unused substitutes: Stewart, Jones, MacLean, Agard.

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Date:Saturday February 4 2012

Time: 7:08PM

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I admire the optomism pre-match. People band around heavy home scorelines. But i felt this one was always a potential banana skin. Thank goodness we came through it unscathed.
Kettering OWL 1963
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04/02/2012 20:17:00

What has been your impression of John Bostock so far?
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05/02/2012 06:44:00

"Hello my name is John Bostock"
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05/02/2012 09:24:00

haha, lol
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05/02/2012 11:15:00

Just thinking back to a post I read on here earlier in the season. I'm sure it was dooley's left leg who suggested GM moves Reda up front a la Albert Warhurst. Well there's no need dll, he's doing it from left back!
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05/02/2012 11:37:00

I agree with Kettering Owl. I always had this down as a tricky tie.This is the part of the season where we do not want any blips from now on.We have got into second position and we must maintain this position and keep pushing on.I pray to God that we stop chasing games and conceding the 1st goal.What does Lowe have to produce to get a start every time he comes on he is on fire.
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05/02/2012 11:46:00

i think it's fair to say a year ago we'd have lost that match or at best drawn it, GM and his team has made great strides in turning us into a very strong, resilient outfit. I'm also interested to know how long JJ's current purple patch will last as historically the odd purple patch of form is all too brief compared to long periods of dross. If GM can solve JJ's consistency then he will deserve manager of the year!! Great goal by JJ on Saturday, absolute screamer!!
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06/02/2012 08:47:00

I think it's fair to say that was the worst 45 minutes I have seen under Megson so far and was glad when the HT whistle, that being said the only thing I found more annoying than the 1st half performance was the boo boys when the whistle had gone, everybody is entitled to there opinion and I respect that but booing off a team does not help there confidence, if we were playing a better team than Yeovil (no disrespect to Yeovil) we would have been ripped to shreds. The fact is that we are in a much stronger position on and off the field than we have been for years, for me there is nothing to boo about. rant over
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