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Wednesday 4-1 Bury

4 - 1

Hillsborough, Sheffield

6/3/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 17,684


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.

Date:Tuesday March 6 2012
Time: 11:11PM


Just what we needed
vic mobley
06/03/2012 23:26:00
"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
07/03/2012 01:41:00
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.
07/03/2012 07:02:00
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.
07/03/2012 08:27:00
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?
07/03/2012 08:43:00
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
07/03/2012 08:47:00
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.
07/03/2012 09:33:00
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?
07/03/2012 10:26:00
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
07/03/2012 10:34:00
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
07/03/2012 10:54:00
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