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Wednesday 4 - Bury 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

6/3/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 17,684

Wednesday 4-1 Bury

Dave Jones started life as Wednesday manager by guiding his new team to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Bury at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

A brace of strikes from Michail Antonio and further efforts from Gary Madine and former Bury hitman Ryan Lowe was enough to give the Owls three crucial points with Jones on the touchline for the first time since replacing Gary Megson. Steven Schumacher netted a consolation goal for the visitors, but it did little to spoil the upbeat mood in the Owls camp post-match.

Victory, coupled with defeat for Sheffield United at Walsall, saw the Owls close the gap on the top-two spots to just a point, leaving it all to play for in npower League 1.

Jones gave starts to former Bury men Lowe and Mike Jones, while Julian Bennett continued at left-back with Reda Johnson sidelined with a hamstring injury.

As well as new faces, Wednesday had a new way of playing. A patient passing approach, led by two out-and-out wingers in Jones and Antonio, fed a partnership of Madine and Lowe that blossomed as the game continued.

The first ten minutes saw both sides settling into their game and it was Wednesday who settled fastest to open the scoring through Antonio just eleven minutes in.

Good play between Madine and Lowe allowed the latter to move in on goal, round Bury stopper Trevor Carson and pull a superb ball back into the box for Antonio, on-loan from Reading until the end of the season, to power the ball into the back of the net.

It lifted Hillsborough and Wednesday looked for another, this time Chris Lines seeing a long-range effort drift off target.

The Shakers tried to get back into the game and Mark Hughes headed over from a corner - their best effort of the match up until that point.

But the hosts were in control, looking eager to win the ball at every opportunity and fighting to keep it with some slick passing.

The only disappointment will have perhaps been that the Owls didn't find themselves further ahead at half-time. Madine saw a curling effort pushed wide by Carson while Lowe also came close to scoring in front of his former supporters at the Leppings Lane end.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-0 Bury

Lowe looked eager to score against his former club and he came a whisker away from doing so on the restart, heading a teasing Lewis Buxton cross wide from close range as the Owls looked to double their lead.

They didn't have to wait long thanks to Madine. Wednesday's second came just six minutes into the second half and Lowe's role was crucial. He flicked a Chris Lines free-kick towards goal and Carson could only parry the danger straight into the path of Madine, who made no mistake from close range.

It got Hillsborough bouncing, but Bury knew they were still in with a shout of getting something from the game after their heroics against Huddersfield Town at the weekend where they came from behind to draw 3-3.

Keen to see off their visitors, the Owls didn't hold back and got their third just seven minutes later. With Wednesdayites celebrating the fact that Walsall were leading the Blades, Mike Jones broke down the right and produced a brilliant cross that Antonio smashed into the back of the net at the far post to all-but seal the win.

The points were secure not long after, Wednesday hitting their visitors on the break but this time Antonio turned provider as he fed Lowe, who finally got his goal in front of the Kop to make it 4-0.

Bury did get a glimmer of hope when Schumacher grabbed a consolation, but despite a brief flurry from the visitors, the Owls held on for a pretty comfortable, and crucial, three points.

Full-Time: Wednesday 4-1 Bury

Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett, M Jones, Lines, Semedo, Antonio, Madine, Lowe. Substitutes: Jameson, Llera, Prutton, O'Grady, Morrison.

Bury: Carson, Picken, Skarz, Sweeney, Worrall, Schumacher, Bishop, Hughes, Eastham, Amoo, Elford-Alliyu. Substitutes: Branagan, Grella, Sodje, Jones, Harrop.




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Date:Tuesday March 6 2012

Time: 11:11PM

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Just what we needed
vic mobley
"Wednesday had a new way of playing. A patient passing approach" no surprise then our best result all season and justice finally for those who've been crying out for a change since getting thumped 5-1 by Stevenage. Pity MM didn't sack Megson 4 months ago...we'd be 9 points clear of Charlton by now but better late than never and thank feck it's not Our_Maurice and his blind band of Megsonites who own this club but a bold businessman who doesn't give a flying feck whether Megson's a Wednesdayite; my aunt fanny's a Wednesdayite but it doesn't give her the right to manage our club WTID
Megson_Out
No desire to enter a slanging match, just nice to know you can watch the lads and all the time think about me :0D For the record, I'd say a week last Sunday vs. the pigs was our best result of the season and 3-0 (clean sheet) beats 4-1 but that just sounds pedantic. Great result last night and I really hope DJ is embarking on a twelve game honeymoon period. I hope we can secure that elusive automatic place so us fans don't have to endure another season slugging it out in Div.1 and I hope when the dust settles certain people look around and give due credit to the work that GM did to get us where we are RIGHT NOW. It can only be hypothetical from now on in but by my reckoning MM's petulance has already cost us the 2pts we dropped at Rochdale. Still, I for one am prepared to let it go. I want promotion more than ever and then I want to gauge MM's commitment to the cause during a close season preparing for an assault on the Championship. ps agreed, being a Wednesdayite is no qualification for managing the club, but being successful and/ or exceeding expectation deserves a damned sight more respect than GM is currently receiving.
OurMaurice
Well said OurMaurice, I totally agree with your post. I think judging DJ after one game is a little bit too optimistic for my liking. Don't get me wrong it was a great game to watch, we controlled the first half and although we relaxed off the ball later on in the second, there was no real threat from Bury (apart from the goal, obviously). To be honest, Bury looked pretty poor bar the odd player and that's shown by their position in the league. I sincerely hope that DJ is the man that takes us up and makes us REAL contenders in the Championship, because we desperately need stability. A major reason I feel that fans disagreed with Milan's choice to sack Meggo. But anyhow, that page has been turned, time to move on. For now my full support goes to Mr Jones, let's just hope it's not just for the remainder of the season and more long term. Come on lads, we need to push on from here and catch the stumbling Blunts. Another 3 points Saturday could see us in 2nd spot. WTID UTO.
Owlsmad
Megson_Out, your username was a disgrace when Gary Megson was still managing us, now it's just plain stupid. Time for a change, mate?
RatherRandomOwl
Playing real wingers on the wings and giving Lowe a start, all things that we were crying about for months, I'm glad we finally have a manager that does sensible things, credit to Megson for getting us out of the swamp though. UTO
RatherRandomOwl
Where ever we end up over the coming seasons remember GM started us off on the journey and must take some credit as we are undoubtedly a better team than a year ago as shown by the league position.
sussexowl
The man with the biggest and probably most relieved smile last night,would have been Milan Mandaric. One game does not make a great significance but the manner of the play and more importantly, the mood inside Hillsborough was significant. Managers come and go. Hence my name. Gary Megson will be remembered by me as the manager who stopped the rot and that is a worthy accolade. We have spent most of the season in the top 3 and that is due to Gary Megson, without any doubt. I will not remember the football of Garys time here though. That isn't an endorsement of his sacking but the relief felt last night was evident. Watching Wednesday seemed interesting not ponderous. I thought Bury pushed Wednesday for most of the match and that made the performance worthwhile. The players responded to the opportunity and played with a bit of invention and dare I say freedom at times. Once Ben Marshall provided the only outlet, last night options were available. Removing a manager can go either way in fortune. Notts County seem to have thrived, whilst Huddersfield have struggled a bit with their change. Fresh impetus is vital at this stage of the season. It is now a case of who holds their nerve and who can be brave. I left Hillsborough last night with the confidence that had been lacking for the majority of this season. Quite simply, we had not beaten any team convincingly and most of our goals were scrappy and predictable. Last nights performance will not be easy to produce every week. The odd dog fight will have to be faced between now and the seasons end. We do though have every right to believe the 2nd position is ours. Tougher tests lay ahead for Mandaric and Dave Jones but if we build on the belief and harness the desire that we all have. Then why not Wednesday for automatic promotion?
Burtenshaw_out
I think that was our best performance by far and learnt alot of new things last night which were Bywater is no longer a bystander and has a better throw than he does kick Mike Jones actually exists and isn't just a mythical person We don't actually need a winger on loan we already have them Madine must have had a bust up with GM as last night he actually looked bothered for the first time since we drew 2-2 against the pigs Most importantly we looked a different team and I for one am glad that we now have a passing game (tbh I thought DJ style of play would take a little longer for the players to get use to). I don't have anything against GM and still think he is a decent manager just with the wrong playing style as was proved since the New Year teams had figured us out and there was no plan B. I know it's early but I do think MM has made the correct decision just at the wrong time (a week or 2 before the Derby game would have been the correct time although would we have still beaten the pigs?) Just in case the guy that sits a few rows in front of me on the left handside of the kop goes on this site, DJ out because he is a scouser is not a valid reason you slated GM and now your slating DJ who would you be happy with?
SWFC Tubes 84
I guess I'm a fully paid up member of OurMaurice band of blind Megsonites?? I haven't got my members pack yet!! Will there be a monthly news letter?? Last nights game was a joy to watch except for the total d**ks that sat behind me that hadn't clearly been to a game all season talking about how badly we were playing... always find humour though in people talking about making 70yrd pinpoint passes or running the length of the pitch beating 6 players and scoring a wonder goal when they clearly were out of breath getting to their seat. One of the people I meet up with before kick-off had the team sheet and was shocked that the Big "O" was dropped up front being that he's been played frequently if fit. However I've always seen him as a lead striker and not the support role he's been given, his hold up game is great but we've been playing his partner up front goal side of him which is not where he needed the support with his back to goal. I was really happy with the team selection it was nice to see a positive approach with players "in position" and ready to impress. There was grief from the morons surrounding me for the backward passes at times and the ball retention but I for one was relieved to see us keep the ball and pass ourselves into positions and out of trouble rather look for the killer ball get it wrong and get caught on the break. It was clear from the selection that Dave agreed with the "blind Megsonites" that "Plan A" had been completely played out with teams knowing how to play against a system that was way too predictable. I'm not going to judge the DJ era on the performance of last night but he is right in what he said after the match on "praise or grumble" and that is the players set their standards and he expects that if not more every game. For me last night showed that our players have more in the locker than what they were giving in recent months so maybe it wasn't the results that got Meggo the push but the team. Antonio looked brilliant in spells and both wingers who are very different in style offered something we've been missing. The relentless effort put in by the rest of the team and 3-4 players making a true attacking effort showed what you can do if you go at teams in this division, especially teams at the wrong end of the table. So the BIG question is will one more 3-2 loss for the blunts on Saturday mean Danny will be looking for a job to?? Oh and what will the name change be for you_know_who??, of course it could be retained until we all bow down to the superior footballing knowledge shown if DJ manages promotion. What I will say is this I'm not a fan of Dave Jones... I wasn't a Megsonite... I AM A WEDNESDAYITE... always will be Football is my religion and Hillsborough is my church. I think Meggo did really well and I would like to have seen him given the chance to finish the season out. However that isn't happening and therefore I adapt... nothing has really changed I am Wednesday and I'm proud of my club win, draw or lose!! Hell I'm proud of my club even if they don't play. Milan has proved he will do what he thinks is right to secure his investment and to do that he needs to give us what we all want... WTID UTO WAWAW
4evaOWL
4evaOWL: dark glasses, white stick and (thinning, slightly grey) ginger wig in the post. Newsletter to follow once I've figured out Braille. I think we can all banish the idea that poor results cost Meggo his job and move on. Confidence is a magical ingredient and it only takes a good win and a few goals to restore it. If DJ can harness that and we put together a run between now and May then anything is possible. Especially as our rivals seem just as prone to the odd blip. As for Aunt_Fanny's_Bad_Tempered_Nephew? You'd think all his Christmases had come at once and yet it still reads as though he has a MASSIVE chip on his shoulder. Ah well......
OurMaurice
Excellent OurMaurice I just hope that I'm in when it's delivered so I don't have to get my guide dog out for the 8 mile round trip to the sorting office... he runs really fast but I find it really difficult not to run over him with the car! When there were cheers last night for a passing spell that lasted for 20+ passes I had to check with the wife we'd come to the right game, yes we messed around with the ball but with no pressure being put on us we were allowed to. May the blip continue for the smaller half of the city but lets not lose sight of the prize those around us haven't it's not a case of just beating united it's a case of getting that much desired second place to avoid the lottery of the play-offs. UTO Fanny's_Nephew doesn't have an issue with the club only with us not admitting that he was right and we were wrong all along. Thing is all we've done is remain positive and been objective... that's never right!!! Call it black or call it white OurMaurice as there is no such thing as a grey area!! lol WTID (That being said I think more people should look up the word fanatical in the dictionary and see what it truly means) WAWAW
4evaOWL
I don't think we should get carried away with last nights result, but if charlton keep slipping up we could win this league.
Radon Barrier
Radon that would be more a MASSIVE slide rather than a slip... I think they've the quality to bounce back. They have ridden their luck for months just edging results. They have been getting three points while not fully firing, to me that means they have more than enough to win the leauge. I'm not giving up on the top being it's not mathmatically impossible but it is such a slim chance you can't see it if it stands side on!! lol UTMO (It's the true tell of a good team when they win not playing well and Charlton have done a lot of that this season)
4evaOWL
I think it's town that have a huge say in the run in now... they have to play us and the blunts!! Those two games are truly massive!! KTF
4evaOWL
Just noticed the poll... gone from just over 1 in 10 to 1 in 4.... What a difference a 4 - 1 makes. A good win and people start to have an opinion. Ahhhh well better to have an opinion late than not at all I suppose. Does anyone think that Dave will make any additions to the squad... what do you reckon he may think we need?? Not a goal-keeper is the only sure thing, I wonder if thinks he needs a player or two or if he's happy with what he's been given now he has a better idea of their strengths and weakness' are WTID
4evaOWL
About that poll... There's definitely something odd about that. I can't imagine one good win having such a dramatic effect on opinion so in the interests of curiosity (and fair play) I thought I'd check it out. The first thing I discovered was that yes, you can vote more than once and some members have (guesses on a postcard), but there's more to it than that. Without wishing to be accused of OCD I've counted about thirty members who have cast their 'vote', which means if I add a couple more myself it should alter the %. Not so! Hmm. Checking the main list further there seems to be a L**ds fan who makes a living out of poll voting, if he's been on here then he's probably not alone. There's a Spuz fan who's posted some comments on here recently, he obviously likes a good poll. We have our very own 'Mr. Opinion' and 16 votes might make a difference but I wouldn't be inclined to take the whole thing too seriously. Word will have gone around Bolton by now and as they've proved in the past, they can't resist the urge to stick their noses in.
OurMaurice
Me... accuse you of OCD OurMaurice??? It can't and wont happen remember I'm a card carrying blind follower of your opinion being not able to form my own. ***with head bowed*** I pledge my posts on good days and bad to the relentless and unfaultering point of view of the one true great OurMaurice!!! Lol ;o) I may suggest that there is some proper investigatory work being conducted there and maybe you have missed your vocation... unless you are infact a member of CID. If you are so inclined could you please now discover how the instruction from DJ to "Express yourself with the ball" meant a much higher level of effort and the ability not just to close to opposition down but actually claim the ball would be really appreciated. WTID (don't get me wrong I'm not complaining it was great to see... I just wonder where it's been for the last couple of months??)
4evaOWL
Oh in addition if you could find where the blunts form has gone... I'm sure there would be a few people that would appreciate it back!! Oh actually if you do find it.... may be better to hide it really REALLY well. There has also been some missing person reports been put in for a geezer that had a rare pig breed farm called McDonald or something and an entire back four. I chuckled to myself on the way home last night listening to football heaven... "One more loss and Danny will be looking over his shoulder!!" then a guy asked where a certain caller well known to the show was since his confident 0-4 prediction for the derby... this was soon followed up by a text saying that he was in the carpark at the lane with he shoe in his hand.... UTO WTID
4evaOWL
seriously ourmaurice you can find out who voted? In that case did I vote and if so which way
Radon Barrier
First of all 'Poll Voting' has nothing to do with running up to a high bar with a long stick (no midget lancers at closing time jokes either). Secondly I don't think I've stumbled onto the same underhand tricks that finally rid decent society of The News Of The Screws. There's that 'Member's League Table' up on the right, see it? Punch 'view all' and it brings up a list of folks who have no kind of life at all. I mean we're a week into the month and some of these people have clocked up some serious mileage. Sad. If you then hit the 'clubs' option and select Sheff Wed you'll find a list of 'activities'. No details, so there's nothing to be ashamed of there. The numbers suggest a reasonable healthy interest in what's going on unless you happen to be caught COUNTING them which is of course classic symptoms of old codgers disease (that and keeping stuff in tidy little piles). So as you'll be able to see Radon, you haven't voted in the poll yet and unless you think sacking Meggo was a lousy rotten idea I'd prefer it if you didn't.
OurMaurice
4evaOWL, I'm sure studying stats isn't classed as OCD or else Motson would be in real trouble. But the games vs. Bury, Rochdale & Chezzy make for some interesting comparisons, similar number of attempts on target in all three, half as many corners vs. Bury. Main difference being we scored an early goal and that 'expression' came with the confidence that followed the second. I DO hope it's the start of a rich vein of form because the fear factor was there prior to the pigs game and it'll be back if the team allow their heads to drop. Daft thing is, if we'd struggled against Bury for whatever reason there'd have been no shortage of folks coming on here and blaming GM. So in that respect DJ (alias Marvin the depressed robot) has got that particular monkey off everyone's back. If we don't keep the run going vs. Bournemouth it'll be down to him.
OurMaurice
 

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