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Chesterfield 1 - Wednesday 0

The B2net Stadium, Chesterfield

18/2/12 - 1pm

Attendance: 9,279

Chesterfield 1-0 Wednesday

Wednesday's woes worsened on their first-ever visit to the B2net Stadium as Dean Morgan's late penalty gave Chesterfield all three points and saw the Owls slump to their fourth straight defeat.

Gary Megson's men carved out more chances in front of goal but the Spireites were arguably worthy of their win thanks to their second-half performance.

Defeat, coupled with a win for Sheffield United, leaves Wednesday five points adrift of their bitter rivals, and an automatic promotion place, having played two games more.

And the Owls' current poor form comes worryingly just a week before the crucial Steel City derby clash against United at Hillsborough.

Megson tried to arrest the slide in performances and results by making two changes to the side that lost 1-0 against Stevenage at Hillsborough in midweek. Reda Johnson returned from suspension to slot in at left-back while Ryan Lowe replaced Gary Madine, who dropped to the bench.

The match was played in an electric atmosphere and was a good warm-up for next week's big one. Wednesday were favourites going into the clash but Chesterfield fancied their chances.

It was the visitors who made the brighter start, pouring pressure on the Spireites goal, and Lowe almost repaid Megson's faith in handing him a start when he got his head to a Reda Johnson cross only to see his effort sail over the crossbar.

Johnson then turned from provider to possible scorer when he got on the end of a neat ball from Chris Lines, but home goalkeeper Tommy Lee was equal to his effort.

Wednesday were playing well but they couldn't get a goal for their rewards.

And the hosts looked to take advantage of the Owls' failure to convert their chances just before the half-hour mark when Liam Ridehalgh's long-range effort forced Owls stopper Stephen Bywater into a superb save.

Chris O'Grady was doing the hard yards and it was Lowe who looked the man most likely to open the scoring for the visitors. The former Bury man looked lively in attack and had claims for a penalty waved away before shooting just wide at the first half came to a close.

The only blow of an otherwise good first half for Wednesday was the loss of Jermaine Johnson through injury midway through, John Bostock coming on in his place.

Half-Time: Chesterfield 0-0 Wednesday

It'll have no doubt been a team-talk of 'more of the same' at half-time for the Owls but both sides were relatively sluggish out of the blocks at the start of the second half, with chances being at a premium.

It prompted Megson to bring on Madine for O'Grady ten minutes in but Chesterfield carved out the best chance following the interval when former Owl Drew Talbot forced Bywater into another good stop.

John Sheridan's men were starting to enjoy more of the ball and looked a bigger threat in attack following the resumption, while Wednesday couldn't repeat their spells of dominance from the first half.

Clinton Morrison was added to the Owls' attack in place of Lines after the hour mark, and the experienced frontman almost made an instant impact but

saw his shot blocked by a crowd of Spireites defenders.

The game opened up somewhat as the minutes ticked away and Morgan saw a shot blocked by Danny Batth at one end before Madine then fired a powerful effort over the bar.

The decisive goal came with 13 minutes to go when Bostock felled Nicky Ajose in the box, leaving the referee with no option but to point to the spot.

Up stepped Morgan to slot the ball beyond Bywater from 12 yards and score what turned out to be the winner.

Wednesday huffed and puffed with some desperate football in the last ten minutes to get back on level terms but the ball just wouldn't find its way into the back of the net.

Skipper Rob Jones saw his header cleared off the line just minutes after Morgan's goal while numerous goalmouth scrambles were dealt with in one way or another by the Chesterfield defence.

Full-Time: Chesterfield 1-0 Wednesday

Chesterfield: Lee, Ford, Trotman, Thompson (Morgan 45), Robertson, Ridehalgh, Davis, Allott, Talbot, Ajose, Lester (Westcarr 85). Substitutes: Flemming, Bowery, Whitaker.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, Jones (C), R Johnson, Prutton, Lines (Morrison 66), Semedo, J Johnson (Bostock 25), Lowe, O'Grady (Madine 54). Substitutes: Weaver, Llera.




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Date:Sunday February 19 2012

Time: 11:40AM

Your Comments

I think I'm having a nightmare have we really just lost 4 games on the bounce and practically given the piggies 2nd spot, the only thing that makes me a little more optimistic about gaining promotion through the playoffs is that Huddersfield decided that Lee Clarke wasn't the man to gain them promotion and I don't see the players playing any better under any other manager. I still believe we can get 2nd but it's going to be very difficultconsidering performances of late and also questionable tactics/substitutions (Madine for O'Grady when it's still 0-0), I know we still have 14 games left but I really do feel that the game on Sunday we either make or break our season fingers cross the team will rally and get the 3 points we so desperately need. On a different point think GM needs to bring in a striker and a winger (Antonio would be a phenominal loan signing) with in the next week would also like to see a centre mid as Bostock doesn't seem to be fitting in as for Madine I don't have any time for him I never really rated him to start off with and his chant has to be by far the worst I have ever heard. Question for all the fans do you think GM is on borrowed time?
SWFC Tubes 84
Best first half I've seen in many a game but as usual we ended up playing predictable long ball **** other teams soon learn to exploit. And that does come down to the Manager. Love Megson's comittment to this club but being a Wednesdayite doesn't give you the job for life. The key result is not the pigs - iit's the next two games against teams we should spank. Lose them and even Our_Maurice will be asking questions! WTID
Megson_Out
Yes , Tubes - GM has reached his credit limit - he might just survive longer if he gets another week of grace and the Owls win the derby; otherwise not. There's got to be a scapegoat for this rotten slump (only six league defeats (and that's a couple or so too many) up to the Saturday before last, then three on the trot in eight days. And that Blackpool cup fiasco looks very ominous now. The players can't be changed; MM owns the club - so it's got to be GM. That doesn't make a lot of sense, either, and promises nothing - but the way football works currently, it's inevitable. GM might hope that MM won't want to pay the compensation (presuming his contract allows for such - may not) and MM is quite tight with his money for a multi-millionaire. Maybe that's why he is a multi-millionaire. Can't help feeling, MM would have been better securing Ben10 (BM) than compensating GM. In lighter vein, it's been a season of M's (including Gary Madine - initially), and have you noticed that Milan Mandaric and Multi Millionaire have the same initials! I reckon MM's best move would be to persuade Liverpool and Manchester City that Luis Suarez and Carlos Tevez should both do a period of penance for their sins on loan at Hillsborough until the end of the season, whence they could return to the bosoms of their respective clubs cleansed and forgiven. Fantasy Football - or just desperation curdling my mind.
cheshire cat
Hello Megson_Out, I didn't ignore your comment: it wasn't there when wrote mine. Interesting point about the Derby not being that vital -not sure. MM might be well aware of the the emotional impact on the fans of a defeat. The term 'final nail' springs to mind.
cheshire cat
lets not panic yet i dont believe axeing megson would help the club at this moment but the team has not performed since marshalls departure we lack width and creation which is a worry but if we stick together take 3 points next sunday somehow and try to rediscover our form we still have a chance we all know wednesday never do things the simple way.
beverley owl
I hope megsons stays safe, yes we've hit a rottin slump and next week make or break. If we don't take 3 points automatic promotions gone for good. As for meggo he's done a good job, look where we are, that's a massive improvement to last season. We've still got the playoffs to play for and still a good chance to go up. We knew the loss of ben10 was going to have massive impact on us. Megsons done well and we need to keep him. We need stability and we need to get behind the manager and the team whilst the boats rocking. Megson remember you can't polish a turd.
OWL25
Just need us to finish in top 3 being selfish, got us in a Yankee for season. Seriously though, can't see it, we simply don't score enough goals and loose to all the poor sides; bury, Walsall, Exeter, Chesterfield et al... Not one fir sacking managers though, certainly not at this stage of season. Hope fir a win on Sunday, but not positive. I would write it off now, anything from it's a bonus ad say we need 35 points from the last 15 games, minimum. Keep the faith WTID
Bexy1977
end of the day it's just not good enough 8 shots on target and no goals how long will jj be missing ? Need to be getting a striker and winger on loan this week to stand any chance againest the pigs. Cant understand were are passing game has gone long ball just does'nt work sort it out lads otherwise a promising will end up down the pan
retfordowl1867
season
retfordowl1867
I really hope MM can turn things around. I like what I've seen of the man and appreciate that he's a Wednesdayite, through and through, but those, of course, aren't enough to keep the job. The real reason that I'd hate to see him go is because a change up can have all sorts of unknown consequences on a team. If he can't, yes, out with him, but if there is a hope of getting the ship back on course, it might be worth waiting a copule more games to find out.
Colorado Owl
er... that's GM, not MM
Colorado Owl
We have now lost four on the spin, I hate to say it but if pigs get a result next Sunday then it game over for automatic. Wednesday have played more games than any team in top six, so assuming that every one won there games in hand including carlisle that would leave wednesday in 6th place on two points clear!!! GM seems to have run out of ideas and needs to sort it out pronto. However, sacking him now could see our season go into meltdown. I hope to god he can pull something out of the bag for sunday, or, I hate to say it, Wednesday will be in for a drubbing!
NapoliOwl
We've no chance of a top 2 finish but need to hang on to a play off spot and hope for a bit of form in the play offs. I think MM bought us for a quick profit by paying 8m for a club worth much more. Unfortunately for him we have gone backwards so has the worlds economy. I think he just wants to get us to the point of a championship side on the brink of challenging for the play offs and to sell off at a large profit - as he did with leicester. Given half a chance he would swap us for rangers. However if he wants to make the profit he needs to spend money now to get us up a division. As all my family are united fans I am dreading next week but am looking forward to a few pints. If things get too bad I can always turn to my old friends jack daniels and ron bacardi.
Radon Barrier
Unacceptable! we can not to small towns in Sheffield.
MightyWednesday
 

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