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Wednesday 0 - Stevenage 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

14/2/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 16,185

Wednesday 0-1 Stevenage

Wednesday endured a night to quickly forget at Hillsborough as they slipped to defeat against in-form Stevenage and dropped out of the League One automatic promotion spots - with Sheffield United leapfrogging the Owls into second.

A single strike just before half-time from Scott Laird proved enough for the visitors, who inflicted back-to-back defeats on Gary Megson's men, who now trail their Steel City rivals by two points having played two games more.

The Owls huffed and puffed and arguably deserved something for their efforts but never really responded to criticism from boss Gary Megson following the 2-1 loss at lowly Exeter City at the weekend.

Megson made changes to his starting eleven - with Jon Otsemobor coming in for Julian Bennett at the back and Chris Lines also returning in the midfield, with John Bostock not even included in the matchday squad.

But the changes did little to spark life into Wednesday's largely ineffective attacking threat. It was the visitors who threatened goal first when Joel Byrom fired a long-range effort wide.

Wednesday struggled to carve out much at the other end, even with wing wizard Jermaine Johnson enjoying a purple patch in front of goal, with Boro making life difficult for the hosts.

It was always going to be the case, with Stevenage riding high in sixth and being one of the form sides in the division coming into the contest. Wednesday did have the majority of the ball but they did little to trouble their visitors, who were happy to look to hit Wednesday with the counter-attack.

Both goalkeepers had relatively little to deal with but Stevenage stopper Chris Day did have to thwart in-form Johnson when he beat two markers before unleashing a powerful shot which was well saved.

The Owls couldn't make their possession of the ball count before the break, however, and Boro typically made them pay just a minute before the break.

Byrom drifted a corner to the back-post and Laird rose high to head his side ahead and leave the Owls with plenty to ponder at half-time.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Stevenage

The visitors were happy to sit back and soak up anything thrown at them in the first half, while hitting the Owls on the break - so things were going to be even tougher for an Owls side lacking creativity in the second half.

Wednesday needed a goal at least and Johnson showed signs of promise when he beat his man and sent in a dangerous ball that Gary Madine came inches from connecting to.

David Prutton was the next man to come close to scoring when he got on the end of a Chris O'Grady ball but Day did brilliantly to deny the midfielder and keep his side ahead as the hosts upped their gear.

Megson introduced Clinton Morrison in place of Madine after the hour mark but that did little to change Wednesday's fortunes in the final third.

Both goalkeepers were relative spectators, even though Wednesday did enjoy more of the ball, something which was frustrating for the 16,000-plus inside Hillsborough on Valentine's Day.

But there was little love in the stands as Wednesday continued to pour forward in search of a leveller but it never looked like coming.

Chris Lines did fire a long-range effort over the bar but that was the closest Wednesday came in a frustrating and disappointing night at S6 that gives the Owls it all to do if they're to achieve a top-two finish this term.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Stevenage

Wednesday: Bywater, Otsemebor, R Jones, Batth, Buxton, Prutton (M Jones 74), Lines, Semedo, J Johnson, Madine (Morrison 67), O'Grady. Unused substitutes: Weaver, Beevers, Bennett.

Stevenage: Day, Wilson, Laird, Charles (May 69) Ashton, Byrom, Roberts, Freeman (Long 79), Beardsley (Edwards 88), Bostwick, Henry. Unused substitutes: Julian, Cowan.

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Date:Tuesday February 14 2012

Time: 10:34PM

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14/02/2012 22:43:00

Disappointing but I'm sure Our_Maurice will put another positive spin on it. Fact is we've still not played any team off the park all season and that includes some pretty **** teams. Can't see it changing anytime soon BUT who knows, Megson proved me wrong before and I hope... genuinely hope he'll do it again. WTID
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14/02/2012 22:51:00

do you think lowe and meggo arnt talking sumets up not even getting into squad
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14/02/2012 23:12:00

We'll finish in the play-offs but even then we'll get tonked by any of the sides we come up against on current form. no creativity and no plan b. Clueless
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14/02/2012 23:12:00

Bostock not in the squad either Wads is he injured? Something's not right in the squad. Horrible at the mo
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14/02/2012 23:12:00

shocking signings in january have cost us. whats going on?? bostock in and not even in squad and mike jones has been a bench warmer. funds run out?
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14/02/2012 23:27:00

Not sure what to make of the bostock situation. Hopefully just not match fit yet. Really feel the boy has a lot to offer. Play him Meggo because the boy has talent. Seems to be sticking with Madine even though he is not firing time to show faith in Bostock because he clearly has the talent. Also did not giving Palmer a longer run in the side regardless of performance also damage his confidence. Not having a dig at Meggo but sometimes you need to put faith in players. While it works for some to be dropped after not giving their best performances others need less pressure and a bit of time to start to shine. Just my two pence.
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14/02/2012 23:38:00

This is one hell of a way to come home from work. What the what?! I'm getting pretty concerned, here.
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14/02/2012 23:42:00

Bostock as a virus n wasnt well enough to play
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15/02/2012 00:46:00

we dont deserve automatic, conceded too may late goals and have lost some games we really should be getting something from. Bostock was ill he put it on twitter, says he's hoping he can shake off his virus for saturday
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15/02/2012 00:53:00

we are missing ben marshall
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15/02/2012 07:12:00

You're back! My old nemesis, heh heh heh. I'll give you a positive spin; it's all an intricate ploy to lull the piggies into a false sense of security. I bet it's working too! Biggest surprise being Huddersfield were so willing to play along. Seriously, disappointed barely covers it but this is nothing new, is it? Just another day in the life of a Wednesdayite. I'm calling this three bad defeats on the bounce because for me that Blackpool game hurt, but I won't be joining any choruses demanding changes at the top. I do actually feel for Meggo, anyone else recall his 'can't win a grand prix in a Skoda' remarks from January? MM clearly had other fish to fry but it's an indication our manager felt his hands were tied at a vital time. Anyway, my glass is still half full despite everything, it's no good moaning about bad luck, illness, injuries or anything else. We're still in with a realistic shout. Meggo won't give up and neither will I.
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15/02/2012 07:22:00

Best comment on here and the one that makes the most sense by a mile....we miss Ben Marshall - simple as that. Without him we lack ANY creativity. Let's hope Bostock finds the Lemsip and his feet in league 1 ASAP!
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15/02/2012 07:45:00

Nice post Maurice, and it's all in the life of supporting the blue and white. We will beat chesterfield, we will lose to the piggies heavily I'm sorry to say. Maybe I'm just preparing myself for the worst or I'm really hoping they prove me wrong. Come on lads
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15/02/2012 07:48:00

The glass is half full which is an improvement on previous seasons but we are struggling from not having a squad sufficent to compete. Meggo stated he has 20 outfield players that could all play in the first team the issue is that there's not suitable cover for every posistion. I struggled last night to find any positive in the game even though I really wanted to... JJ did ok and was playing central, O'grady even having a shadow the entire match did ok but there was little else to be positive about. It was clear that those that are playing against us have worked out Plan "A" and we struggle to find a plan "B". I thought our left side was pointless with Buxton and Prutton and Madine did nothing to prove he is fighting for his shirt and club. If last night was meant to be a reaction driven performance after the weekend it wasn't the reaction that any of us wanted. Utility players are fine but we need class technicians tailored for the positions not people that "can" play there. WTID
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15/02/2012 07:48:00

With who Meggo had available last night I would have played Beevers on the left of three, Buxton as a right wingback with JJ on the other side, Prutton, Semedo and Lines in the centre and O'grady and Morrison.... If we've not the players to play 4-4-2 on the night well enought to win then we have to change the system to suit. UTO
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15/02/2012 07:52:00

Ok, positive head on. If we were in this position this time last season, we'd have been bouncing. Fact of the matter is we all feel that teams around us haven't played us of the park and we have gifted them wins. This coupled with losing/drawing with (no offence intended) poor poor teams, is seeing us slip down the table. With all the games in hand I feel that we are now playing for the play offs rather than automatics (unless a miracle occurs, you never know). I don't care how we win promotion, BUT promotion is a must. Now I don't think we are a sleeping giant anymore but we are easily a championship club and not division 3. We are defiantly missing Ben10, but that page has been turned so we need to move on. Players need to man up a bit and start playing for their shirt. We still have some quality players that thrive on a positive wining attitude, we just need to get back to winning ways starting at Chesterfield. Now they say it's not over til the fat lady sings and she isn't singing yet, I think she might be warming up in Hillsborough Park though. The road of a Wednesdayite is never a smooth one and with all the council cuts, it ain't gonna get much better. COME ON WEDNESDAY! WTID UTO.
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15/02/2012 08:54:00

Nicely put Owlsmad... hopefully the lads will pull it together and gag the chunky lass in the park so she doesn't get a chance to sing. It wouldn't be a Wednesday season unless it all came down to the last day anyway!! UTO
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15/02/2012 09:28:00

Not good enough hope bostock is well enough to play saturday put him in the middle and put palmer on the right Lines and Prutton are not doing the business drop Madine and play Lowe desperate for a winger who can cross a ball maybe get someone on loan
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15/02/2012 12:12:00

Lowe picked up an injury in training or he would have played. We are missing Ben Marshall big time as I knew we would as he is a quality player. Only warming the bench at Leicester. JJ did well last night and he is our only attacking threat. But why do we just launch hopeful balls into their box from anywhere on the pitch in the last 30 minutes and hope something will drop. Its painful to watch. Against a massive side like Stevenage as well. Perhaps Leicester might loan him back to us to get some game time !
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15/02/2012 12:41:00

well that was hard to watch and I now have neck ache from constantly looking up, what has happened to us something needs to change, no plan B as usual, Madine needs to either start playing or **** off I actually applauded Morrison coming on which is a first for me at least he can control the ball, the best player by far has to be JJ which I never thought I would be saying either. GM needs to work his magic in the loan window before it is closed, bring in a winger as I'm starting to think Mike Jones was a panic buy, a central midfielder that can work with Semedo if he doesn't plan on playing Bostock in his natrual position and for the love of god and all that is holy a striker that knows were the goal is and is consistant even if we have to take a 16/17 year old from let's say Arsenal because GM obviously doesn't have any faith in Lowe when he is available. I fnothing happens before Chesterfield then I hate to say it and hope I'm proved wrong we will not even make the play offs and GM will be out of a job. Rant over
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15/02/2012 14:19:00

thanks balli80 yes it is as simple as that things started to go wrong when he went back to stoke WTID
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15/02/2012 19:36:00

I 100% agree that our dip in form coincides with Ben10 moving back to Stoke and I, along with all Wednesdayites was gutted when he chose Leicester over us. But that is football and I guess LFC threw wads of cash at Ben who is at the end of the day a young lad thinking this is as good as Premiership wages.... We need to move on, no point dwelling on the past. GM needs to change something, bring in players, pray to the gods.... I don't know, but he needs to do it and NOW! It doesn't need to be pretty football or convincing wins, just a win however it comes. We as supporters of this football club need to carry on our fantastic support and give the players the lift they so desperately need. COME ON WEDNESDAY, WE BELIEVE! In MM and GM we trust, this city is ours, the mighty Wednesday will rise again, COME ON! WTID UTO.
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15/02/2012 21:06:00

I know it's hard to see any positives at the moment as we are all desperate for promotion and losing out to the blades doesn't bear thinking about. However, the gap is two points and we're two games worse off, assuming we match there result on Saturday, if we win a week on Sunday we'll be back on top with all to play for. I know, what about the games in hand? The Blades have had to take 30 points out of a possible 36 to get in this position v's our 18 out of 36. In the twelve games before that we took 26 points to their 16. Anything is possible with 15 games to go and it'll be all the more sweet to snatch it at the end. UTO!
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16/02/2012 17:36:00

Now that's more like it! There's no reason for anyone to think our season is about to implode just because a couple of results have gone against us. And if the piggies think they're coming to S6 at just the right time, well let 'em! I recall the last time we were both chasing promotion from the same division. I also remember the outcome at the end of that season. History repeating itself again?
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17/02/2012 08:40:00

Yes OurMuarice dare I say we may have our Black Terry Curran (JJ) to steel this city derby
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17/02/2012 09:22:00

It's a nice thought, andymac-. Does JJ do diving headers?
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17/02/2012 09:32:00

Eh OurMaurice I reckon both you and I know the best header of a ball in the 70's was me Andy Mac
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17/02/2012 18:14:00

Eh OurMaurice I reckon both you and I know the best header of a ball in the 70's was me Andy Mac
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17/02/2012 18:15:00


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