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Wednesday 0 - Blackpool 2

Hillsborough

6/11/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 19,978

Report: Wednesday 0-2 Blackpool

Wednesday failed to make it three Championship wins on the spin as managerless Blackpool left Hillsborough with maximum points thanks to a convincing victory on Tuesday night.

Tom Ince had fired the Seasiders into an 18th-minute lead and the game was nicely poised until seven minutes from time when Ludovic Sylvestre smashed home a rebound to give send the visitors back across the Pennines with the victory.

The win was Blackpool's first since Ian Holloway left the club and saw them bounce back from a 4-1 thumping at Derby County at the weekend,

For Wednesday, boss Dave Jones will need to try and get his men straight back on the horse with a Friday night trip to high-flying Middlesbrough on the cards in front of the Sky cameras.

Jones made just one forced change to the Owls side that defeated Peterborough United at Hillsborough at the weekend with Rhys McCabe returning to starting eleven to replace the injured Paul Corry.

Other than that it was 'as you were' for Wednesday and they started the match well, with McCabe having an instant impact when his superb ball found Michail Antonio, who rounded Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks but couldn't find the finishing touch.

It was en even opening and the visitors responded when former Blades loanee Matt Phillips fired a long-range effort just over the bar as the visitors started to grow into the game.

Their improved pay resulted in the opening after 18 minutes. Elliot Grandin put Ince in for a simple goal to give the Tangerines the advantage and leave Wednesday chasing the game.

Just like the weekend, however, Wednesday failed to find that crucial attacking tempo and stuttered when they got the ball into the final third.

The closest the hosts came to levelling was through Antonio, who forced a fine save from Gilks just before half-time, and Barkley, looking to score in his third game on the spin, who shot a low effort just wide.

The Owls finished the first half slightly the stronger and they started the second half in the same manner, with McCabe firing a warning shot just over the bar.

It was Blackpool who came closest to scoring the next goal, however, just ten minutes into the second half. Neal Eardley's header came back off the crossbar as the Owls lived to fight another day.

The chances were few and far between for the hosts, with Barkley, McCabe and Llera having the best of the lot for the Owls, but they couldn't find a way through a stubborn Tangerines defence.

The game was wrapped-up with seven minutes left when Owls stopper Chris Kirkland could only palm a Nathan Delfouneso shot into the path of Sylvestre, who made no mistake with the rebound.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Jones, Antonio, McCabe (Rodri 76), Semedo, Barkley, Bothroyd, O`Grady (J Johnson 46). Unused substitutes: Davies, Mattock, Taylor, Pecnik, Madine.

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, M Phillips (Dicko 90), Grandin, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Delfouneso 77), Sylvestre, Baptiste, Basham, Cathcart. Unused substitutes: Halstead, Gomes, Harris, Angel, Broadfoot.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 6 2012

Time: 10:51PM

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Ouch! Hear that? That's the sound of my optimism bubble deflating yet again. Even 'back to square one' seems hopeful given our next run of fixtures and I don't care how DJ tries to pull the wool over our eyes, Blackpool were there for the taking, it was us that didn't show up. The ref let us down, so what's new? We improved second half, we needed to! We made a half time substitution, brought on a natural winger but took off the one player guaranteed to put in a full shift for ninety minutes and kept faith with probably the least effective player on the pitch. Bothroyd is fast becoming DJ's obsession, along with Barkley. Okay, Barkley's game has got better recently but we're still ragged and seem happy to hand the initiative to the opposition. Yep, I'm getting worried all over again.
OurMaurice
Oh dear!!! Another game without us scoring. JB on the pitch again! A poor workman blames his tools (or Ref)
bluedog
You don't suppose there's already an agreement in place to make Bothroyd's move permanent come January? Blimey! Is that scary or what? It'd almost be worthwhile sacking the manager just to make sure it doesn't happen!
OurMaurice
Jones needs to be pointing the finger at his strikers not the ref.Another home defeat against a team who were there for the taking.From what i've seen this season goals are going to be hard to come by.None of our strike partnerships look like getting goals, might be time to get someone in. Charlie Austin would be good.
vic mobley
charlie austin would costbout 4-5 million. not quite in our budget.
ozzietheowl
My depression is not matched by yours. OK so the strikers missed a few. We know that Antonio will miss more often than he hits the target, but boy does he make himself and loads of others tons of opportunities. Leave the manager alone too. Alright his low key approach sounds a bit whiney when we aren't doing well. JB was being lauded on here a few weeks ago. If the inconsistency is what is worrying people then fair enough. Generally I like the style of play and it seems to me that the team's tactics are broadly right. Execution leaves a fair bit to be desired in front of goal. The range of passing is mostly there and people are looking to play a 123 touch game most of the time. Patience is a virtue in all sports and when we play with that, breaking the pattern to force the attacks through it seems to work well to create chances. Lets get behind the team. Expect the worst and you will generally be happier.
OddOwl
Agree about being patient OddOwl but there are times when a long ball is more effective the 1st goal against Peterborough came from a long ball from our own half..
brinsworthowl
Good for you, OddOwl. Speaking personally, I haven't succumbed to depression just yet but it's definitely helpful to read views more upbeat than my own. I'd also feel happier if I thought DJ's selection decisions weren't so dependent on blind faith. I remain totally unconvinced with regard to Bothroyd's uncontested right to a 1st team shirt but I have a hunch we'll all get another chance tomorrow night to amend our opinions. I sincerely hope he plays a blinder but I doubt it somehow.
OurMaurice
 

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