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Wolves 1 - Wednesday 0

Molineux

29/9/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 23,591

Report: Wolves 1-0 Owls

BAKARY Sako's first-half free-kick was enough to sink Wednesday at Molineux in the Championship on Saturday.

The loss left Wednesday with an unwanted run of six straight defeats in all competitions and saw Wolves bounce back from their 6-0 cup thumping at Chelsea in midweek and continue their rise up the table.

The Owls left feeling Lady Luck wasn't on their side, with controversy over Sako being allowed to retake his free-kick and a penalty decision that wasn't awarded for a foul on Michail Antonio.

But with the game now gone, Wednesday will be desperate to stop the rot when they go on their travels again on Tuesday to Burnley.

Owls boss Dave Jones made changes to the side that bowed out of the League Cup at Southampton. Injuries meant Jermaine Johnson had to fill in at right-back, with Joe Mattock playing in his regular left-back slot. Chris O'Grady partnered Jay Bothroyd in attack.

Wednesday started well and had a good shout for a penalty inside two minutes when Antonio went down under a Stephen Ward challenge, but the referee waved away the protests.

Antonio then turned provider for O'Grady to issue the first shot in anger on the Wolves goal but his effort hit the side netting while Razak Boukari threatened first for the hosts.

Wolves had a bit of a purple patch when Sako and Doyle kept Owls stopper Chris Kirkland on his toes but, on the whole, the visitors were proving a good match for their hosts and showing improvements, if only slight, on recent performances.

The Owls looked to have done enough to go into the break on level terms but Wolves hit them with a sucker-punch just before the interval.

Sako was the scorer, but he needed a second attempt with his free-kick to steer the ball beyond the wall, and Kirkland to make it 1-0 at half-time.

Wednesday's fragile confidence levels were clearly hit, especially with the goal coming just minutes before half-time, and Wolves took the momentum into the second half.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Wolves' top-scorer, tried his chances with a low shot into the side netting shortly after the restart before Slawomir Peszko tried, and failed, from long range.

Jones brought on winger Danny Mayor just after the hour mark as the visitors desperately looked for some attacking inspiration, while Rodri came on shortly after.

But chances were few and far between for Wednesday and, although performing relatively well in the first 45, couldn't trouble their hosts in the second half.

It allowed Wolves to hang on pretty comfortably to their lead and left Wednesday staring at another defeat.

Wolves: Ikeme, Henry, Sako, Ward, Johnson, Berra, Boukari (Peszko 14), Doumbia, Foley, Doyle (Batth 90), Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdson 84). Substitutes: Edwards, Stearman, Davis, De Vries.

Wednesday: Kirkland, J Johnson, Taylor, Gardner, Mattock, Antonio, Barkley, Semedo, Pecnik (Mayor 64), O'Grady, Bothroyd (Rodri 76). Substitutes: Bywater, Jones, Llera, Corry, Madine.




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Date:Saturday September 29 2012

Time: 7:57PM

Your Comments

I still believe DJ is the right man for the job but I have to question his thinking behind giving JJ any defensive responsibility at all, let alone playing him at right back?
Owls That!
Over the summer I think Jones had about a million punds to spend on players, unlike Wolves who spent about 10 milllion. It would appear from our recent performances that we have bought too many "development" players and insufficient expereinced players. Being positive, Jones is a good manager. Equally, MM will not tollerate this run of poor performance much longer, and unlike in the past when the Owls have been bad, MM has the resources to be able to make changes. Of great concern for me is that we appear to have stopped scoring goals in open play. When Jack Charlton led us to promotion years ago, when asked about squad changes he said something along the lines of "if they're good enough to win promotion then they're good enought to play at the next level". I'm hoping things start to turn round for us - all it probaly needs is the Owls to score the first goal. UTO
bluedog
No panic just now DJ will get it right a good mate who is a Bluebird informed me that when DJ joined Cardiff he lost his first 7 games and in the end arguably did not do a bad job for them I an conviced DJ will take us that one step further
andymac-scoresagoal
Agree with all the above
Megson_Out
Should come as no surprise to learn that I'd welcome Gary Megson back with open arms. But it's all academic really because it'll NEVER HAPPEN, and for any number of reasons. It wasn't even a topic worthy of discussion a month ago but my, how things change. But let's not fool ourselves here, this 'disasterous' run is no accident, neither can it be put down to bad luck. Our 'brilliant' run was bound to end one day and how DJ reacted to that would always reflect back on his qualities as a manager and coach. Well the facts speak for themselves: He's been found wanting big time, and I'm just as confused and disappointed as everyone else. I had no hesitation in punching 'Top two' on our Current Site Poll back in August but right now I'd settle for 'Just avoid the drop'! Question is: Would MM happily settle for that? Doubt it, somehow. All the 'great work' DJ put in last season might as well be ancient history, all that matters is now. And right now we have a manager who comes over poorly when facing media questions and continues to make some curious team selections. A coach who seems incapable of motivating the players at his disposal and has already lost so many through injury it questions his basic training principles. I'm probably wrong, but I suspect he wasn't ready for any of this. He believed in his own immortality and that by simply preaching an attractive game plan and sending players out there to follow it those favourable results would simply continue forever. Well I'm sorry to say it, but that's plain arrogance. As is blaming everyone else when things go wrong; like the officials or individual mistakes, lack of match fitness, rotten luck. It doesn't matter. Most of the problems were evident before the Palace game. He then had the International Break to sort them out on the training ground. That was his job as well as his responsibility. But things went from bad to worse and now, five more defeats later and with confidence at rock bottom, he probably has two games to prove to MM that he's still the best man for the job. I reckon MM likes his manager personally and they probably have a good working relationship too, but if we lose tomorrow night I'd imagine a dramatic fall in attendance for the Hull game and unless DJ can send a team out to do the business it'll be curtains for him. Sad, but true.
OurMaurice
Totally agree with OM. I'm not calling for DJ's head but how long will MM wait for change if we slip to 7 straight defeats?
baldowl
i'm behind jones but what about di canio - he would be no pushover.
Radon Barrier
Couldnt disagree with the last few comments. Back four needs to stabalise and get used to each other, lasts seasons squad was not good enough by a long way so manager has had to make a lot of changes. it will get better in time and a long way to go yet
Waddle1993
Sensible WADS my biggest fear is that if we encounter one more defeat Blackburn Rovers fans might adopt us as they have nobody to WITCH HUNT anymore
andymac-scoresagoal
Been out of the loop for a few weeks and it all has seemed to change. Perhaps we should start by playing the players that were winning in the early part of the season. Have COG and Reda been having a good run in the side? Is Buxton injured? Llera and Beavers all in their right places? JJ and Antonio skinning people on the wings and Jose sitting on them in mid field? Has Madine been trusted to do a job? Pass, move, pass move, pass.
OddOwl
Will he persist with Barkley and Bothroyd tonight, I'm kinda hoping not, they both have played since the Brighton game and giving them experience and match practice is all very well. would settle for 0-0 at the mo
Brighton Owl
I think there was a marked improvement throughout the team after the Bolton game, apart from Barkley & Bothroyd. They played worse! Surely DJ can see this for himself, it's almost like starting with nine men. Personally, I'd have settled for 0-0 at Wolves. Tonight, it has to be win or bust. Or at least go down fighting.
OurMaurice
 

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