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Wednesday 1 - United 0

Hillsborough, Sheffield

26/2/12 - 1pm

Attendance: 36,364

Wednesday 1-0 United

Chris O'Grady's second-half header was enough to give Wednesday a crucial derby day victory over Sheffield United at Hillsborough on Sunday.

In a game where chances were few and far between O'Grady struck his seventh goal of the season with 17 minutes to go, giving the Owls the bragging rights and getting their stuttering season somewhat back on track following four straight defeats.

The Blades came close through Lee Williamson in the first-half when his free-kick came back off the bar and inches from crossing the line, but the hosts dealt with United's attacking threat well throughout.

United were slight favourites going into the game thanks to their recent good form and the pressure was on Wednesday. Rumours of Gary Megson being sacked were quickly dismissed by the Owls last week but they still lingered on in the weekend papers. Defeat for the owls would also have made their chances of getting into the top two extremely slim.

Despite Wednesday's disappointing 1-0 defeat at Chesterfield last time out Megson kept faith with ten of the eleven that started that clash. The only change was a forced one, with the injured Jermaine Johnson being replaced by new loan signing Michail Antonio in midfield.

The first half brought no goals but plenty of entertainment as both sides traded attacking threats. Former Owl Richard Cresswell had the first opportunity for the visitors, shooting towards their own fans in the first half, but Stephen Bywater comfortably dealt with the danger.

United settled down quicker, having more of the ball in the first ten minutes as the Owls looked to find their feet in front of the sell-out Hillsborough crowd.

Reda Johnson had the Owls' first effort but he headed Chris Lines's corner over the bar.

United came inches away from breaking the deadlock 16 minutes in with their best chance of the match. A foul on the edge of the box allowed Williamson to step-up and send a dipping free-kick over the Owls wall only to come back off the woodwork and bounce the wrong side of the line, as far as United were concerned.

The game was more even as the half progressed and Ryan Lowe came inches away from connecting to a dangerous low cross by Antonio, who looked good in his Owls debut.

Wednesday had a chance from a well-positioned free-kick at the other end but Steve Simonsen, the Blades stopper, had little trouble in keeping his effort out.

It was Wednesday's last chance of the half, although United had a half chance at the other end before the half-time whistle when Evans sent a long-range drive wide.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 United

The Owls came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half and O'Grady headed wide from an Antonio cross before the former then flashed a powerful low drive just wide of Simonsen's goal.

Antonio, who signed on-loan from Reading this week, was growing in confidence as the game progressed and looks a good recruit by Megson until the end of the season.

The game perhaps dropped down a gear after Wednesday's impressive start in the first five minutes of the second half, something which will have suited United. A draw would have been better for Danny Wilson and his men than Wednesday.

It needed a change and Wednesday's first came with Gary Madine being introduced for Lowe, while Mike Jones followed him onto the pitch shortly after, with David Prutton coming off.

The changes gave Wednesday some freshness in their attacking play and they paid off in the 74th minute.

It was two players on from the start, however, who were involved in the Owls' goal. Lewis Buxton provided the cross for O'Grady to neatly steer his header beyond Simonsen and into the back of the net to spark wild celebrations amongst the majority of the 36,000-plus inside S6.

United made all three substitutions in five minutes as they looked desperately to grab something from the game but, unlike Megson's changes, the subs for Wilson didn't work out.

The Blades did have one last golden opportunity to get on level terms but Will Hoskins, unmarked in the box, saw his header brilliantly tipped to safety by Bywater as Wednesday held on with relative ease for the three vital points.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-0 United

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, R Johnson Semedo, Prutton (M Jones 64), Lines, Antonio, Lowe (Madine 59), O'Grady. Unused substitutes: Weaver, Llera, Morrison.

United: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Jean-Francois, Montgomery (Flynn 80), Doyle, Quinn (Beattie 86), Evans, Williamson, Collins, Cresswell (Hoskins 85). Unused substitutions: Howard, Ertl.




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Date:Sunday February 26 2012

Time: 5:47PM

Your Comments

Well done Gary and the lads great result.
ecco owl
Great Result, Well done to the lads and Meggo!! Lets hope that turns it round and we go unbeaten now. WTID
Bexy1977
what a day.Hope we can push on from this and start picking up points,you never know what can happen to other teams but we have to win our games.
vic mobley
poor Cardiff
vic mobley
Great result, I said in the week this is the perfect game to arrest our run of poor results, we could really kick on from here and utd could slide. Massive crowd must have had hillsborough rocking. I wonder how many were at bramall lane fir a beam back, surely they had one??
sussexowl
Well done lads thought we were the better team solid and battled well hopefully now we can push on a lot better performances but prutton was the weak link all in all a great day up the owls
retfordowl1867
Did anyone see Meggo beat his chest like a monkey? Epic. Great result but if we lose to Scunny then were back to square 1. WTID. !!!!
joseph10
No 'ifs', no 'buts' - today was all about the result - and that was brilliant! Well done, Lads.
cheshire cat
i gather there was a beam back at S2, not as many as were at the beam back at hillsborough but then they are the smaller club, 36k at Hillsborough compared to 28k at S2 in October again proves to any deluded piggies out there they are in our shadow and always will be, about time they accepted they'll never be as big a club as the mighty owls. Todays result will no doubt buy GM some more time but the pressure will be back on him if results aren't great over next month or so.
sussexowl
Looking at the fixtures until the end of the season we only have one team to play in the top 6 so in Huddersfield so there is no excuse not to cement a play-off place or even push for an outside chance of automatic. Great win today and just what the doctor ordered!
TheMightyBoosh
get in there wednesday what a day!! now need more of the same at next game and for the rest of the season UTO
newman87
GET IN! A delighted owl was sunbathing on his balcony today listening to his mighty owls get a great win today. Found the last 5 minutes excruciating over the radio but what a great result. So what I want to ask is I have seen signs of a good side, even against exeter... though some might disagree with me there! Anyway would we now say we are a good side? We really can kick on from this game, the boys must go out to win every last kick till the end of the season. I know Gary will be telling them that and think he has done a great job. Do we now look like a top league 1 side? are we capable? do we believe? answers on a post card please. also lets keep answering yes on the poll on this page so we can look like we were even more confident post-match!!!
Devon_Owl
eat that pigs.
Hirsty's Shinpads
I'm one proud Owl this morning. Proud of the players and the effort they put in, proud of the fans and the massive support we've come to expect, and so very VERY proud of our manager. Beating the pigs always matters, especially at home, and the build-up to this game was mad enough without all these leaked reports/ rumours etc concerning Meggo's future. The result was fantastic, and just what we all needed to enable us to put our 'sensible heads' back on and take stock of the situation. My initial thoughts after the final whistle had more to do with the relationship between our manager and owner than our position in the table and upcoming fixtures, and that seems plain wrong under the circumstances. Did I want MM to make another public statement, denouncing these rumours and declaring his undying support to 'the cause'? I suppose it wouldn't go a miss but my faith has been bruised this past week and a half and that's had nothing to do with losing to Stevenage and Chezzy. MM likes to refer to the Sheffield Wednesday 'family'. It's a nice touch. I tend to regard us as a family too. Blood being thicker than water etc. Well families take care of their own and nothing will alter my opinion that one of our favourite sons was treated shabbily last week. I can't imagine how I'd feel if all the effort, the hard work and the sacrifice and the pride and satisfaction that comes with the progress that's been made since August should all suddenly depend on the outcome of one game. THE game. The local derby at home, in front of a sell-out crowd. Did he go out there feeling like a lion or a Christian? Well, I suspect we all know how Meggo would handle it: with passion and pride and dignity. And in the aftermath of such an important result how good it is to hear that honesty and dignity shine through. Those of you who have yet to hear his postmatch comments, go to the BBC site and check 'em out. Then tell me there's another manager out there who's better qualified to lead our club towards a brighter future.
OurMaurice
You have a good turn of phrase Our Maurice. I applaud your view. Today I have a simpler and more basic response to the team, the manager, the goal and the game that made it great .... Yeeaaah!!!
OddOwl
Antonio MOM. What a fantastic debue. This guy is quality.Time to push on, and hope the teams with "games in" hand start to faulter.
Kettering OWL 1963
Anyone know where I can watch the goal (over and over again!). Saw it live yesterday but hard to see much apart from the beauty of the net bulging from the Kop! Apparently it was a nice header (made even nicer right in front of the pigs!) UTO!
SuperOwls
Wow I feel rough this morning and 2 screaming kids don't help but well worth it, what a game, what a result and GM is a legend this is what being Wednesday is all about I'm so proud, I honestly feel that with the confidence that result has given the team I can't see us losing another game all season (Huddersfield may be tricky but I think we willl scrape a result there) I would like to see another winger as Prutton really didn't look confident in that role yesterday and kept wandering inside leaving us exposed, speaking of wingers Antonio was awesome he looks so confident on & off the ball. UTO FTB WTID WAWAW TCIO IMMWT & not to forget the all important GM's Barmy Army!!! Incase you can't tell I'm a little happy this morning, hungover but happy.
SWFC Tubes 84
Does anyone know how Mike Jones did when he came on?
SeattleOWL
Know what you mean Tubes. Great to win and great to see United bottle it again. Best team on the day won. Happy days. TCIO
Radon Barrier
don't think Mike Jones kicked the ball when he came on
tommy craig
Bore off piggies!!! What a cracking result, amazing support as per usual and great for COG to get himself such an important goal.
Balli80
Has anyone stopped smiling yet? rumour has it that we are in talks with a striker (someone that is different to what we already have) and should have him by the end of the week so that's a bonus.
SWFC Tubes 84
Nope
OddOwl
I still can't believe the arrogance of the united fans who are putting it all down to aerial bombardment offending their purist pallet. It shows how starved of decent teams they have been over the generations if this one passes for barcelona reserves!
Radon Barrier
Here is a new one for you United let Wednesday win as Wilson wants Wednesday to make the play offs and also to save GM's job, how deluded can pig fans get it laughable.
SWFC Tubes 84
*it's
SWFC Tubes 84
totally agree Radon. for over a generation they have played a dire brand of football and now they finally have a manager who wants to pass the ball you'd have thought they were Barcelona
Hirsty's Shinpads
 

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