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Wednesday 1 - Huddersfield Town 3

Hillsborough

19/9/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 25,230

Report: Wednesday 1-3 Huddersfield

Wednesday suffered their third defeat on the spin as Huddersfield Town bagged the Yorkshire derby spoils with victory at Hillsborough on Wednesday night.

The Terriers raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Oliver Norwood, scoring from a rebound from a saved penalty, and Lee Novak before Reda Johnson had got the Owls back into the game.

The visitors saw Joel Lynch sent off but Wednesday were also reduced to ten-men before the break when Joe Mattock saw red for a second bookable offence.

In a scrappy second half Town extended their lead thanks to another penalty, given for handball in the area, which Adam Clayton converted.

The defeat was Dave Jones's first on home soil since taking over as Owls boss and the recent defeats have set a worrying trend for Owls fans.

Jones made changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Brighton in their previous game with Ross Barkley making his debut in midfield and Reda Johnson returning from injury. Rhys McCabe and Miguel Llera dropped to the bench.

Gary Madine also came in to partner Jay Bothroyd, making his Hillsborough debut, in attack, while another change was the handing over of the captaincy to recent signing Martin Taylor from Jose Semedo.

The Owls started well enough, forcing all the play towards the Huddersfield goal and winning a series of corners that they failed to capitalise on.

Mark Beevers came close to opening the scoring when his header glanced off the crossbar from a Barkley free-kick as the hosts had their visitors on the back foot for much of the first 15 minutes.

Huddersfield started to work their way into the game and fired a warning shot of their own when James Vaughan struck the crossbar with a deflected effort that left Owls stopper Chris Kirkland stranded.

Their opener came shortly after, with Town pressing the Owls' goal and Jermaine Johnson tripped over himself before felling Jack Hunt inside the box and conceding a penalty.

Kirkland saved Norwood's effort from the spot but the former Manchester United was fortunate in seeing the rebound fall at his feet and he tapped the opener into the back of the net.

It gave Simon Grayson's men a big boost and, much in the same way as Town started in that memorable 4-4 draw at S6 between the sides last season, they doubled their lead just minutes later.

Danny Ward curled an inviting cross into the box and Novak glanced his header beyond Kirkland to make it 2-0 to the visitors and leave Wednesday shell-shocked.

The Owls knew they needed to up their game and they did just that, with Reda Johnson climbing high to place a header wide and then Michail Antonio seeing a powerful effort well saved by Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

A goal before half-time was going to be important for Jones's men and they got it seven minutes before the interval when Johnson again rose high, this time to power a long Antonio throw-in into the back of the net to reduce the deficit.

Wednesday's chances of a comeback were heightened minutes later when Town went down to ten men as Lynch's late tackle on Antonio out wide saw the referee give him his marching orders.

But, just before the end of an action-packed first half, the Owls were also a man down when Mattock received a second yellow for a late challenge on Ward.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-2 Huddersfield

Wednesday shuffled their pack at the interval with Nejc Pecnik coming on to replace Madine, playing out wide with Bothroyd being left in a lone attacking role.

The hosts made a bright start to the second half as they looked to get on level terms with Reda Johnson sending one effort wide and Pecnik following suit.

Both sides looked more cautious on the restart, with chances being few and far between but it was Wednesday enjoying most of the ball and most of the half-chances.

They couldn't take them, however, and were made to pay 20 minutes from time when the Terriers regained their two-goal cushion.

It came in controversial circumstances, with the officials eventually judging substitute McCabe to have handled the ball inside the box from a Hunt cross. The referee waved play on but his linesman stopped play, consulted the man in the middle, and the spot-kick was awarded.

Former Leeds United man Clayton stepped up to do the honours this time and didn't fail to all-but seal the points for the West Yorkshire side.

The Owls still carved out some chances, and Reda Johnson was guilty of one glaring miss with time and space on the ball and the goal at his mercy only to get his effort all wrong, something that perhaps summed up Wednesday's day at the office.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-3 Huddersfield

Wednesday: Kirkland, Mattock, Taylor, Beevers, R Johnson, Antonio, Semedo (McCabe 63), Barkley, J Johnson, Madine (Pecnik 46), Bothroyd (O`Grady 78). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Llera, Jones, Rodri.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Dixon, Norwood (Woods 83), Clarke, Clayton, Novak (Gerrard 41), Ward, Vaughan (Lee 90), Southern, Hunt, Lynch. Unused substitutes: Bennett, Scannell, Arfield, Spencer.




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Date:Wednesday September 19 2012

Time: 11:58PM

Your Comments

Utter joke tonight! I actually thought that we played quite well and felt that we would get back into the game until the ref dropped one of his many clangers in awarding them the pen for their third goal. Obviously the defence were all over the place as usual but I'd still like to know a few things. Originally I didn't think that the first pen was a pen as I thought he dived. Was it something obvious that i missed? What the hell went on with our goal. Seemed to take ages for it to be given and it only appeared to be celebrated when it went on the scoreboard! The ref seemed to completely lose control after their sending off. What went on in the tunnel? I found it utterly ridiculous that Huddersfield had enough time to warm up their replacement and bring him on before we could restart the game! Mattocks first booking seemed to baffle me as to why it was given. He made a very good tackle and was awarded the throw in! Some of the other bookings that were dished out seemed to suggest he didn't have a clue what he was doing!
tomawest
Can't blame the ref for lacking creativity, spark and utter shambles of a defence. Mm will be sharpening a knife. He still doesn't know his best 11.
OWL25
Tinkered too much, why not ogrady? McCabe and leira best set piece deliverers in the team and leaves them out why? And is this defensive shambles coincidentally anything to do with burton going to arsenal? I like dj but if something doesn't happen results wise there's only One person that will be leaving at that will be him.
OWL25
Im confused. why on earth are we suddenly shouting for his head? Everyone was expecting the playoffs when he took charge and we managed to go up in second thanks to an unbelievable run that was created by Jones! Now we lose 3 games and suddenly he is for the chop!?! by rights we shouldnt even be in this division this year so anything other than survival will be a bonus. Can we question some of the choices he has made? of course we can but please grow up and realise that its down to Jones that were here in the first place and only if we are sat at the bottom of the table should we even be thinking of showing him the door!!!! Rant over
tomawest
I don't think anyone is calling for Jones head yet but we all know the reputation that MM has when he thinks we are not going in the right direction. Megson was the last to find that out last season and we weren't exactly in freefall then. I do think Jones has tinkered with the line up a little too much and it hasn't worked. The players do also have to look at themselves and I always wondered what the reaction would be when they finally lost after the long unbeaten run. Its still early and I also don't think we've become a bad team overnight.
baldowl
win the next 3 games and we could be top 3 , an awfully long way to go in this season. Bit puzzled by the Llera decision though ...
Aston_Owl
No ones calling for his head but mm is a hatchet man. He needs a result quickly And Boltons not easy. He had plenty of time over the int break to figure out his best team, instead changed everything that works for us?????confused! Why on earth has ogrady been dropped to the bench?
OWL25
Totally agree with OWL25 about COG dont think Bothroyd is the man for us and as for Madine dont know whats going on there.Would also like to mention the two idiots fighting on the bottom left hand side of the Kop nearly knocking my daughter and myself over.Keep away as the night was bad enough without that.
vic mobley
I'll let you all into a secret now: I really hate it when Wednesday lose. I get this churning, twisting sensation deep in my guts and if I'm not careful there's a real danger of a Jekyll/ Hyde situation developing. OurLass recognizes the symptoms (the opposition scoring more goals than us is a dead giveaway) and she stopped trying to talk me down years ago. There's a pattern, see? Dispondency is quickly followed by a period of clarity when I ask myself why I neglect all the truly important aspects of life and choose to follow a useless football team instead. This inevitably leads to a rant, followed by a period of calm reflection while the dust gradually settles. Then it's a glance at the fixture list, a little time spent weighing up the prospects surrounding the next game, a few mental calculations and whaddya know, CURED! Come on you Owls!
OurMaurice
harrys out of work, would mm try for his adopted son? read the article in the star regarding the weilding of the axe, dropping players etc etc. has dj lost the plot? COC playing well, best player weve had so far this season and dropped for an unfit bothroyd, what message is that sending? taylor looks like another purse. semedo giving captaincy up? things arent rosie in that dressing room.
OWL25
Loose to bolton and its freefall big time.
deano deano deano
 

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