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Wednesday 0 - Leicester City 2

Hillsborough

25/11/12 - 3pm

Attendance: 24,664

Report: Wednesday 0-2 Leicester

FORMER Owls loan star Ben Marshall returned to Hillsborough to score and help Leicester pile more misery on Wednesday at a rain-soaked Hillsborough.

Marshall, who enjoyed a successful loan stint from Stoke City at S6 last season before making a permanent move to the Foxes, bagged the second goal after Danny Drinkwater had fired Nigel Pearson's in-form men into a first-half lead.

The defeat saw Dave Jones's men drop into the Championship relegation spots following their third defeat on the spin and the three points move City up to third.

Jones gave debuts to new loan signings Mamady Sidibe and Jeremy Helan as he reverted to a 4-4-2 line-up at kick-off, with Jay Bothroyd partnering the Stoke loan man in attack. Club captain Martin Taylor came into the defence for the suspended Miguel Llera.

As well as Marshall, the visitors had die-hard Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy in their starting eleven, in place of the injured Davig Nugent, but the former Stocksbridge Park Steels man wasn't to get much of a chance to get on the scoresheet.

It was a game where the goalkeepers didn't have much to do, especially in a scrappy first-half where neither side managed to settle.

Leicester came into the game on the back of a 6-0 thumping of Ipswich Town last time out but credit had to go to the hosts for thwarting any kind of early attacking momentum from the promotion-hopefuls.

As it was, Wednesday had the first real sight of goal but Bothroyd saw his effort well blocked by a stubborn City defence and Rhys McCabe had a long-range effort comfortably saved by Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

City's response came through Marshall, who fired a long-range shot straight into the hands of Owls stopper Chris Kirkland.

The visitors started to enjoy more of the ball but they almost shot themselves in the foot when Richie De Laet's back pass went beyond Schmeichel and the former Leeds United goalkeeper had to scramble back to clear the danger.

There was little in the way of top quality in the match but that moment of magic came just before the interval as Pearson's men opened the scoring. Marshall provided the pass for Drinkwater to neatly control the ball before drilling his shot into the bottom corner to give his side the advantage.

Wednesday struggled for a response in the second half and it was Leicester who looked the more likely to add to their lead rather than the hosts getting a leveller.

Marshall, central to plenty of the Foxes' attacks, headed over the bar and Martyn Waghorn saw his powerful drive well tipped over the bar by Kirkland.

Things needed to change from the hosts' point of view and Jones made a double change, with Chris Lines coming on for McCabe and Madine being introduced for Bothroyd.

The changes did little to change the flow of the game, however, and City wrapped the points up thanks to Marshall's pin-point long-range strike that flew past Kirkland and into the back of the net.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Taylor, Helan, Antonio, Semedo, McCabe (Lines 66), J Johnson, Bothtroyd (Madine 68), Sidibe (Rodri 75). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Jones, Pecnik, Mayor.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Whitbread, Marshall (Knockaert 82), Vardy, King, Dyer, Waghorn (Lingard 86), Schlupp. Unused substitutes: Logan, Konchesky, James, Moore, Futacs.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 25 2012

Time: 7:20PM

Your Comments

Iam afraid to say we were 2nd best all after noon and were taught a lesson of how to keep the ball very dissapointing and it can't continue nearly half way through the season and rooted in the bottom 3 these loan signings have not had any affect on results something has to change and quick nothing but a win against watford is good enough or it could see the end of jone's.
beverley owl
De-Megsotization process nearing completion. As Antonio was DJ's marquee summer signing, and as both Buxton & JJ were on the club's books prior to the Ginger Mourinho's arrival. Of the side that started on Saturday only Semedo remains as a reminder of how things were. Soon Wednesday will field a team 'built' entirely in DJ's own image. Huh? Whaddya mean they got hammered?
OurMaurice
Of the 25000 who watched the game only one man thinks that Bothroyd is worth playing and that man is Dave Jones. Look how much brighter we were once both strikers had been replaced by players who genuinely want to make a difference. MM - you will loose a lot of money if you stick with this manager. He's lost the plot!
bluedog
and replace with who? last season we were in a shambolic division with only three or four teams capable of challenging so yes we should have won nearly every game. the championship has quite a few decent sides in it and for the most part we have been pretty competitive even though we have failed to take the points. I agree that we should be picking our own young players however we have had a fair few injuries to key players who would certainly have been in the starting line up, reda, lines and madine who has obviously been affected by his predicament. i would have kept lowe as I reckon he would have got goals off the bench given the number of chances we have created this season. the signing of sidibie is disappointing given his injuries and record but helan should be hungry. we are a very fickle bunch, as soon as anyone has a modicum of success we hold them up as a king and then as soon as we have some bad results then the knives come out early and now with our extended bad run the 'told you so' brigade are in full force. so who next, how long will we be putting up with him for and what shall we do in a years time when he's had some bad results?
Hirsty's Shinpads
The problem DJ created was that he totally dismantled the promotion team and definately 3 or four of those were not up to championship level. We have had to start all over again which was a massive ask a stroke of genius if it came off but it has not. Charlton & Huddersfield did not go out and totally dismatle their teams obviously it should in my opinion been done over two tranfer windows and January this time round may be borderline now but we must wait and see if we can keep in touch until then. This is now where you judge your manager not when all is rosey the transformation period is now over and the manager now earns his money. Yes we have had an awful run of results and the only suprising thing about the run of results is MM becuase he not known for this much patience The worrying thing is that if your looking for someone to light a fire of underneathe someone and motivate people DJ on the face of it is the last Mr Motivator in the world. We have heard also about Terry Burton singing his praises on how good a job he did and clearly I agree. What about Paul Wilkinson what the hell is he contributing as second in command.
andymac-scoresagoal
Hirsty's Shinpads, a reasonable argument as ever but perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to criticise those of us who'd use this forum to air our own frustrations and disappointments. The events as they occurred after last season's derby match indicated just how fickle fans' opinions can be but it's safe to say DJ had fairly unanimous backing after that thrilling finale. Perhaps expectations were unrealistically high? I'll admit mine were. But twelve defeats from sixteen games can hardly be considered 'some bad results'. Our problems seemed fairly straight forward at the beginning of Sept. We were conceding too many goals, average two per game. It was a situation that needed attention but what happened next never looked like being the solution. Acquiring loanees who failed to perform in positions where they weren't needed and persisting with them at the expense of players who deserved their chance. Then playing others out of position to cover for areas weakened by injury. The goals for soon dried up, confidence all but evaporated overnight and still we were conceding at an average of two per game. A good management team would be on top of the problems and the fans would see a marked improvement on the pitch even if results failed to mirror the progress everyone was striving towards. But instead we see the same old thing and hear the same old excuses week after week after week. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and I'd respect any that insist DJ should be given more time and especially more backing from above. But our league position looks dire and our performances are deteriorating. I'm just amazed MM has remained silent throughout all this unrest and shows a willingness to play the waiting game. Although it's anyone's guess what he's waiting for.
OurMaurice
To be fair HS I remember you putting up a similar argument in the defence of Irvine. Do you still think that was a bad decision. Jones MUST go if we are to move forward. We are as disjointed now as when AI was in charge and he has all the personality and man management skills of trevor Francis.
Radon Barrier
this is the first time I have posted for some time and I ma not normally one to shout for the manger's head, but I ma not sure what DJ has achieved. Up until we lost Ben Marshall last season, we were flying. he went back to Stoke and was subsequently sold to Stoke, leaving us with a major problem on the wing. Megson manages to bring in Antonio and our fortunes changes (who can forget that derby win?). He was then sacked and DJ came in. Ok the momentum continued and we won promotion, but I really think that it was the signing on Antonio on loan that was the catalyst for this and not the change in manager. DJ has now dismantled a good side and spent a significant amount on transfer fees and increased wages and we are a worse side. Who carries the can for that ?
dobby1
I have just read the official statemant on the SWFC website and MM has now answered both mine and Our Maurices queries as he had made a statement. After reading it I urge everyone to quit the booing and look forward again with confidence everyones opinions count for something and some are more passionate than others but gullable or not I believe even more now than ever we will be ok I have just had my confidence restored by MM have a read and see what you all think
andymac-scoresagoal
the only person who can tell us what is happening with the team and why performances are so lackluster is Dave Jones and I'm sorry if this offends some people but for me he keeps hiding behind whatever excuse he can find. He has pointed the finger a few times without actually mentioning names at Llera with the put his foot through it comment. He has blamed decisions that have not gone our way some times rightly so b ut unfortunately not enough to stop us losing games. and even the old we were beaten by the better team chestnut is now coming out of the bag - is this because he actually believes they are a better footballing unit than we are or just another feesable excuse as they are above us in the table ( which at the moment should keep him busy for most teams) I'm just not convinced he is the right man to lead us forward - that doesn't mean he wont and I will be incredibly happy to eat humble pie.
wedalways
 

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