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Wednesday 3 - Oldham 0

Hillsborough, Sheffield

9/4/12 - 12.45pm

Attendance: 22,232

Wednesday 3-0 Oldham

Over to you, United. Wednesday moved back into second in League One thanks to a 3-0 victory over Oldham Athletic on Monday lunchtime to pile the pressure back on Sheffield United.

With the Blades not playing until Tuesday night, away at Rochdale, the Owls had the perfect opportunity to move above their neighbours and promotion rivals with three points over the Latics - and they didn't disappoint.

It was hard work against a stubborn Oldham side but goals from Gary Madine, Miguel Llera and substitute Ryan Lowe eventually saw Wednesday to victory at Hillsborough.

Paul Dickov's side may have felt they deserved more for their efforts, the scoreline certainly flattered Wednesday. But Dave Jones's men were clinical in their finishing to make it two wins from two from a tricky Easter double-header.

Jones made just one change to the side that won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with Julian Bennett coming in to replace the injured Reda Johnson at left-back.

It was a lively start for both sides at a rainy S6, with winger Michail Antonio cutting inside his marker before seeing his shot blocked inside the first few minutes but the Latics threatened at the other end when Dean Furman flashed an effort wide of Stephen Bywater's goal.

The chances dried up and it suited Oldham, who looked a better side than their league position suggested. The Lancastrians enjoyed a good spell of possession but they almost gifted Wednesday the opener.

A loose ball allowed Antonio to intercept and race towards goal, but he shot straight at Athletic stopper Dean Bouzanis when he should have done better.

The Owls looked lacklustre, perhaps something to do with the fact it was their second game in just three days. But it was the same for both sides, and the visitors were looking to cash-in on Wednesday's below-par performance.

Still, the pace of Jermaine Johnson and Antonio continued to threaten on the break, despite chances being few and far between. Chris Lines had a half chance for Wednesday but he curled his effort wide.

But the breakthrough came just before the interval, and it was carved out by the most unlikely of sources.

Centre-back Llera went tearing down the left wing before producing a pin-point cross for Madine to head home from close range and make it 1-0 going into the break.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-0 Oldham

The goal didn't exactly settle Wednesday on the resumption as Oldham continued to push forward and have the better of the ball in the opening exchanges.

The visitors felt hard done by when a couple of penalty appeals were turned away by the officials, while former Owl Shefki Kuqi also tested Bywater.

But, as with the first half, chances were at a premium and it wasn't until after the hour mark that the Owls finally gained some breathing space.

Substitute Keith Treacy came close with one effort but it was man of the moment Llera that doubled Wednesday's tally in the 67th minute.

It was from a Treacy cross that the Spaniard rose high to plant a header beyond the Oldham stopper to put the Owls in control at 2-0 up. It was the defender's second goal in as many games.

On-loan midfielder Treacy was influential in the Owls' third, too. He dug a cross out to find substitute Lowe, who dinked his header in from close rage in front of a delighted Hillsborough Kop to seal the win.

Wednesday's only concern from the game will be an injury suffered by Lewis Buxton. Mark Beevers came in to replace him but Wednesday could have done without a second defensive injury in three days - Reda Johnson sustained a thigh injury at Huddersfield.

Full-Time: Wednesday 3-0 Oldham

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton (Beevers 46), Llera, Batth, Bennett, Antonio, Semedo, Lines, J Johnson (Treacy 61), Ranger (Lowe 79), Madine. Unused substitutes: Weaver, Prutton.

Oldham: Bouzanis, Brown, Morais (Marsh-Brown 70), Furman, Simpson, Adeyemi, Diallo, Tarkowski (Belezika 87), Lee, Kuqi (Tounkara 79), Bunn. Unused substitutes: Gerrard, M'changama.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 9 2012

Time: 7:05PM

Your Comments

Over to you pigs!! Hope buxtons ok. Glad Lowe came on and got a goal, should be started from the off imo. Thought lines had another game and jones is obviously happy with him. Treacy looked good when he came on. It's not about performances anymore it's the result and it was another cleansheet aswell. Uto
OWL25
This year we bought a bloke from Spain hes big Miguel llera hes scored for the wednesday once again hes big miguel llera !
jordo8owl
Ooh miguel llera you are the love of my life oh miguel llera Id let ya s**g the wife oh miguel llera I wanna a black headguard too !
jordo8owl
Hes quickly becoming a Wednesday legend, he tackle, run and cross for goal machine was sublime. Tough game so soon after massive effort to win at Huddersfield so well happy with 3 points, 3 goals and another clean sheet. The fight for 2nd is going down to the wire
sussexowl
All this talk of The Pigs having the easier run in, well today Exeter and MK won convincingly while Colchester and Wycombe got hammered. Come on Rochdale, you want to stay up don't ya?
OurMaurice
Whatever happens maurice,weve got to be proud of them giving everything when not long ago it looked a lost cause.
jordo8owl
Who's that breaking outta defense?? It's Llera... MIGUEL Llera!!! What an easter weekend could we have asked anymore from the lads?? 5 goals without return. It wasn't a great game yesterday but what a result!! To think it's possible that the guy that proved himself a big occaison player may not have figured if the Captain hadn't been suspended due to his yellow card tally. The mission is the same and that's to win every remaining game... If Jones and the Lads only drop two points in the 13 games they've been together could we have asked anymore of them?! The only thing that I wanted yesterday which would have made my day better is for a cricket score as if we get third on goal difference it will be the most bitter of pills. Thought Treacy looked good when he came on and the quality of his crossing for the 2nd and third goal is something that we've been missing from the wings... I look at our team and I look at the bench and now we truly have 16 guys that we can have total confindence in. Come on Rochdale do us a favour!! UTO (Is it true that Shed's court case is being heard tomorrow?? Their season could properly come off the rails if he is found guilty?)
4evaOWL
If we finish on 90+ points, i think we can count ourselves very unlucky to not go up. Fair pl) Ched Evans notched a brace again tonight! I think our best bet for points being dropped is when the pigs go away to the MK Dons.
Balli80
We clinched a play-off place yesterday - can't finish lower than 6th. - even if we get no more points. The play-off place alone is a worthwhile achievement compared with last season. But, we want that 2nd. spot not a lottery. Good, professional win, yesterday - exactly what Wednesday should be able to do against 'lesser' opposition every time. Get the points confidently and without arrogance: as expected. We're in a good place, now. I reckon it's marginally better psychologically to be breathing down a competitor's neck as you both sprint for the finishing line than to be just ahead in fear of being overtaken. But, United aren't 'just' ahead - they'll need to falter, maybe they will - bet they don't (5-2 tonight seemed a pretty convincing reply) - but who knows. As for Wednesday, all we can ask is 12 points and loads of goals .. oh and four clean sheets. Not much to ask - exciting isn't it?
cheshire cat
Well Rochdale obviously didn't read the script (that or else it got lost in the post) so who's going to roll over and play dead for 'em on Saturday, Leyton Orient? No favours there I'm afraid. MK might fare better though and I can imagine Stevenage coming up to frustrate the hell out of them (and kick some lumps off 'em into the bargain) but I have a sneaky suspicion Exeter might want to go out with a bang and give their fans some hope for next season. That's not a prediction by the way!
OurMaurice
 

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