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Colchester United 1 - Wednesday 1

Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester

14/4/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 6,643

Colchester 1-1 Wednesday

Wednesday's bid for automatic promotion from League One took a hit at the Weston Homes Community Stadium as the Owls could only manage a draw against Colchester United.

Victory elsewhere for Sheffield United moved the Blades four points clear in second with just three games to go, leaving Dave Jones and his men staring at a potential play-off outing to achieve promotion to the Championship.

Ian Henderson opened the scoring for the hosts early on before Miguel Llera netted his third goal in as many games to get the Owls back on level terms. But the visitors couldn't find that important winner and Michael Antonio had a late goal controversially chalked off for offside.

Jones made one change to the side that beat Oldham Athletic on Easter Monday with Mark Beevers coming in to replace Julian Bennett at left-back. Lewis Buxton was passed fit to start at right-back.

But the visitors started in the worst possible fashion, allowing the U's in to open the scoring just three minutes in. Steve Gillespie played in Henderson and he slotted the ball beyond Owls goalkeeper Stephen Bywater from close-range.

It took Wednesday a while to settle into their stride but when they did they produced two good chances to get back on level terms.

First, Gary Madine headed wide and then strike partner Niles Ranger missed a guilt-edged chance from close-range after Michael Antonio had put the ball on a plate for the on-loan Newcastle United man.

Chris Lines then saw a low long-range shot comfortably saved by Ben Williams in the Colchester goal.

But the visitors were largely frustrated in the first-half, with chances and passes going astray. There was no real fluency to proceedings and the chances dried up before the interval, something that perhaps suited the U's.

Half-Time: Colchester 1-0 Wednesday

Wednesday needed to up their game in the second half and Jones's words clearly had the desired effect on the resumption as the Owls came out all guns blazing.

It resulted in the equaliser, and it came from Wednesday's man of the moment Llera. Madine won a free-kick out wide and Lines produced a dangerous ball that the Spanish defender poked home for his third goal in as many games.

It lifted the visitors and they upped their gear in search of another goal. Madine came close with a header that went inches over the bar just minutes later.

Jermaine Johnson also saw a typically powerful strike deflected wide as Wednesday piled on the pressure. They forced a number of corners but Colchester defended them well.

The U's were the draw specialists of the league going into the game but, to be fair, the hosts weren't just holding out and were going for a winner of their own down at the other end.

But the majority of the play was with Wednesday, they just weren't carving out the chances necessary to win the game. Johnson and Lines did have half chances but they were comfortably dealt with.

Owls boss Jones was, however, unhappy with the decision to rule out a goal from Antonio late on. The on-loan Reading winger found the back of the net from an O'Grady ball but the linesman deemed him to be in an offside position.

It was Wednesday's last chance, as the referee blew full-time on an encounter which could spell the end of Wednesday's top-two push this season.

Colchester: Williams, Okuonghae, Gillespie, Izzet (Odejaye 74), Bond, Henderson (O'Toole 87), Eastman, Wilson, Wordsworth, White, Duguid. Unused substitutes: Rose, Heath, Sears.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Llera, Batth, Beevers, Antonio, Lines, Semedo, J Johnson, Madine, Ranger (O'Grady 72). Unused substitutes: Weaver, D Jones, Prutton, M Jones.

The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 14 2012

Time: 5:48PM

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Felt like a defeat after the Blunts result. Can't see why Ranger gets the shout over O'Grady WTID
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14/04/2012 19:26:00

would we have won if we still had megson in charge?
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14/04/2012 19:55:00

no we would have lost
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15/04/2012 01:57:00

Feel sorry for lowe why he hasn't have been given a start or treacy are they injured or just not looked at? Also it's not over yet, but if it is do we keep playing at a high tempo or rest before the playoffs?
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15/04/2012 08:59:00

Give it 100% til it's mathmatically impossible then rest our best players. We've had a brilliant run since Jones took over but the fact it is Evans is unplayable at the moment and there's feck all we can do about that. Maybe that Welsh jury will do us all a favour next week WTID
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15/04/2012 09:40:00

cant understand why Treacy (2 assists last time out) and Lowe (1 goal last time out) were both omitted from the squad - they are the two reasons for me that we didnt win this game.
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15/04/2012 12:11:00

Have you seen the blunts run in. They will drop points. Keep the faith. Up the owls
Kettering OWL 1963
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15/04/2012 12:23:00

I agree owler, although ranger i feel would come good if we had a few more games, however we don't and should be playing match winners and he's not and Lowe, treacy are. Jones has got that wrong. Jones out lol!! Atb
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15/04/2012 12:50:00

not dropped they were both unwell / unfit.
Hirsty's Shinpads
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15/04/2012 13:15:00

I don't know how Evans is still allowed to play? I'll keep thinking we can do it but I agree Ranger shouldn't be playing - he's only in the team because he's a "Premiership" footballer which he's not otherwise he wouldn't be on loan at a League One club! Lowe is tried and tested at this level but just doesn't seem to be given the opportunity for whatever reason? He plays, he scores!
Owls That!
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15/04/2012 14:23:00

he hasnt been found guilty of anything, that is how he is still allowed to play.
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15/04/2012 17:31:00

I'm aware of that ozzie but thank you for pointing out nonetheless! Just wish he wasn't playing, for whatever reasons, as its him who's winning them games more than anyone else in their team I can keep think of? I think if Madine hadn't have got injured when he did he would have gone toe to toe (no pun intended!) with him?
Owls That!
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15/04/2012 21:34:00

Evans scores for fun in this division and can get a goal from nowt and how the feck he manages to pull on a red and white rag amazes me with a 5 yr stretch hanging over him, talk about football focus. Madine has his moments but he's a good league below Evans and lets be honest his attitude's a joke at times. Still the blunts keep conceding goals and MK Dons and Stevenage netted 9 between em satday, so who knows, as my Aunt Fanny is often apt to say ...the sky is blue the clouds are white that's why God's a Wednesdayite Realistically though we need the blunts to lose their next 2 and if after all that it still comes down to goal difference I'll be too sick to go anywhere near a kebab for 2, Christ maybe even 3 whole days. Ranger won't start Satday WTID
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15/04/2012 23:35:00

Madine wouldn't have gone toe to tow with Evans. Ched is a much better player and has and will play at higher levels. Hopefully we will get up some way this season, and if we do, i really don't think Madine will be someone to lead the line in a successful championship side. I appreciate what he's done, but this is his level.
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16/04/2012 06:59:00

Keep the faith it's no were near over yet true we have tricky games against Carlisle and Brentford both whom have Playoff chances but Ched Evans FC have MK Dons & Stevenage and as long as they only take 2 points from those games then we should pretty much take 2nd spot. Either way if we finish 2nd or 3rd (Hopefully not the latter) we have had a pretty good season compared to the last few seasons and have a pretty good chance in the Playoffs as we are MASSIVELY in form. UTO WTID TCIO and seeind as he isn't well at the moment Tricky Trevs Barmy Army hope he makes a fast and full recovery.
SWFC Tubes 84
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16/04/2012 11:02:00

I agree Owls that. Now that the trial has started I thinks its inappropriate that he is playing - especially due to the nature of the trial. Ultimately United have been more consistant than us and have outscored us and deserve the automatic spot more than us. That said we are really unlucky to have 2 teams on so many points above us. We haven't bottled it we have had a great final couple of months but it hasn't been enough. We have a 100% record in the playoffs which we will maintain this year and will be good practice for next year when I am confident we willl be in them again.
Radon Barrier
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16/04/2012 11:45:00


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