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Wednesday 3-0 Bournemouth

3 - 0

Hillsborough, Sheffield

10/3/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 19,416


Three goals in the first ten minutes gave Wednesday three more comfortable points under the guidance of new manager Dave Jones at Hillsborough against Bournemouth.

Danny Batth, a Miles Addison own goal and Michail Antonio strike saw the Owls steam into an emphatic early lead to leave the Cherries in a state of early shock.

A rout looked on the cards, but that's the way it stayed as Wednesday kept pace with bitter rivals Sheffield United and an automatic promotion spot.

Jones kept faith with the same starting eleven that saw off Bury 4-1 in midweek - and he was rewarded in fine style.

The Owls certainly had the momentum going into the clash thanks to that 4-1 win in Jones's first game in charge. Lee Bradbury's men also arrived in S6 on the back of four straight defeats.

Antonio was the architect of Bury's downfall and he continued where he left off against Bournemouth. It was the on-loan Reading man's fourth-minute shot that forced Cherries stopper Darryl Flahavan into an early save. And from the resulting corner the ball found its way to Antonio, who provided the cross for Batth to head in the Owls' opener.

The game was being played at a fast early pace and Scott Malone struck wide for the visitors in response before Wednesday winger Mike Jones fashioned another chance at the other end.

It was Wednesday who took their next chance on nine minutes. Chris Lines's corner found Rob Jones at the back post and he headed the ball back into the danger area to find its way into the back of the net via Addison.

And there was no respite for Bradbury's troops as the Owls, buoyed by their superb start, struck a third just two minutes later.

No surprise that it came from Antonio, who looks a class above the rest at League 1 level. With seemingly nowhere to go, the Reading man squeezed between to Bournemouth defenders before drilling a shot into the back of the net.

It prompted jubilant scenes amongst the near-20,000 crowd inside Hillsborough as Wednesdayites watched their side tear their visitors apart at will early on.

Perhaps understandably at 3-0 to the good, the Owls took their foot off the gas but a confidence-sapped Bournemouth side couldn't find a way back into the game.

Wes Fogden did have a half-chance but he struck over from just six yards from a dangerous Malone cross. Stephen Bywater was also forced into a save to deny Wesley Thomas while at the other end Wednesday still looked dangerous and Flahavan turned a Lines free-kick away.

The closest Bournemouth came to pulling a goal back was just before half-time when Thomas beat Bywater but saw his shot strike the inside of the post with none of his teammates following up. It was a sign it wasn't going to be the Cherries' day.

Half-Time: Wednesday 3-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth had no option but to come out in the second half and attack Wednesday in search of a way back into the game, and so it transpired, albeit without much of a threat to Bywater and his defence.

The Cherries hugged and puffed for at least a consolation strike, and the Owls looked comfortable in allowing them to do so.

Bournemouth's attacking approach to the second-half meant Wednesday could exploit some gaps at the back on the counter-attack. They nearly did just that through Lowe and Mike Jones but the former saw his shot well saved by Flahavan and Jones's follow-up was also denied.

At the other end Thomas struck a shot wide as the minutes ticked away, and Wednesday saw out the second half with relative ease.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett, M Jones, Semedo, Lines, Antonio, Madine, Lowe (Morrison 77). Unused substitutes: Jameson, Llera, Prutton, O'Grady.

Bournemouth: Flahavan, Cook, Thomas (Stockley 71), Malone, Fogden, Francis, Daniels, McDonald, McDermott, Addison, Gregory. Unused substitutes: Cooper, Tubbs, Baudry, Zubar.

Date:Sunday March 11 2012
Time: 1:13PM


Hugged and puffed. What a strange approach.
Carbone's Padawan
11/03/2012 15:40:00
Good - peculiar, but good. Now, if Charlton could just keep slipping up, we could get both the Sheffield teams up on automatics. Can't imagine Charlton obliging on that - so, Wednesday for 2nd. and United in the playoffs. If so, I would cheer the Blades on all the way, once we'd finished - good for us, because we'd not have had to playoff, good for the city, good for football ... dream ...
cheshire cat
11/03/2012 19:48:00
Umm, can't say I agree with wanting the muppets from across the way coming up too! The only plus I can see from that is the 4 to 6 points we'd take off them next season!
11/03/2012 22:03:00
owls for automatic promotion Pigs run up a 75m debt and go out of business no longer exist ...dream....
11/03/2012 22:23:00
Aw, come on andymac - where's Superman without Lex Luthor, where's Batman without the Joker? I'd miss punting around the pigs, and I agree cheshire, it is good for the game. That said, I probably live more than a thousand miles away from the nearest blunt fan... so I should probably just stay out of this one.
Colorado Owl
12/03/2012 03:15:00
I'd be hoping they go up because I believe we are the club more in the ascendancy and I would be disappointed if we couldn't enjoy beating them again next season. Promotion for us is the only must season though and I will be very interested to see what happens to us in the championship.
12/03/2012 07:56:00
Well I enjoyed the first ten minutes Saturday greatly... I just wish the lads hadn't took their foot off the throttle. To be fair Bournemouth after being totally out played for 10 minutes did play with abandon chasing the game like they had to. The confidence of Tuesdays result was clear from the kick-off and long may it continue. If the points keep going up in 3's and the goal difference is improved by +3 each game I can't imagine we'd not get automatic but I know that it can't continue like this. I've looked at 7 place and the points difference ever since we moved into the top 6. I know that's not totally positive but a chance of promotion was my minimal expectation for the season. I've had a hope for more and an automatic spot is possible and I believe we can do it without the burden of expectation. Come on you Blue and White Wizards!!!! WAWAW
12/03/2012 09:24:00
I have other hopes... if we are good enough and keep on a run and gain promotion I hope that we we can improve the squad with Championship players. Tomorrow night I become a Colchester fan for a couple of hours, if they can win it sets up a proper battle and we'll be the ones on the front foot and that will give the squad more confidence. UTO
12/03/2012 09:27:00
I also hope that Wolves stay up in the prem as that may give us the chance to secure Batth on a perm deal as he's a class act and rarely makes a mistake. I think turning our long term loan player into an proper Owl would be a brilliant bit of business, if we go up he's clearly ready for a higher leauge... WTID
12/03/2012 09:30:00
It's not a hope but a question knowing what Jones wants to do in regards to our style of play how long do you think RJ will keep his spot? I think Llera will be chomping at the bit and we've seen he's clearly better with the ball and has a full range of passing on him... UTO
12/03/2012 09:35:00
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