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Wednesday 0-1 Stevenage

Wednesday
0 - 1
Stevenage

Hillsborough, Sheffield

14/2/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 16,185

Referee:

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.


Writer:Nick
Date:Tuesday February 14 2012
Time: 10:34PM

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andymac-scoresagoal
14/02/2012 22:43:00
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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
Megson_Out
14/02/2012 22:51:00
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do you think lowe and meggo arnt talking sumets up not even getting into squad
Wads Wiggle
14/02/2012 23:12:00
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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
pob
14/02/2012 23:12:00
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Bostock not in the squad either Wads is he injured? Something's not right in the squad. Horrible at the mo
pob
14/02/2012 23:12:00
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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?
newman87
14/02/2012 23:27:00
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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.
Devon_Owl
14/02/2012 23:38:00
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This is one hell of a way to come home from work. What the what?! I'm getting pretty concerned, here.
Colorado Owl
14/02/2012 23:42:00
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Bostock as a virus n wasnt well enough to play
ollyowl70
15/02/2012 00:46:00
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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
wrighty-swfc
15/02/2012 00:53:00
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