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Report: Wednesday 1-4 Watford

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27/11/12 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 18,922


Wednesday's Championship struggles sunk to new lows on Tuesday night as Watford inflicted the heaviest home defeat on the Owls with a 4-1 victory to pile more pressure on manager Dave Jones.

Michail Antonio had given the hosts the perfect start with a third-minute opener but the impressive Fernando Forestieri levelled 15 minutes later and Chris Lines missed a first-half penalty to send the Owls into half-time with the lead.

Instead, Alexandre Geijo struck after the interval to give Gianfranco Zola's men the lead and further goals from Troy Deeney and Mark Yeates gave the Vicarage Road club an emphatic victory - to add to the one they collected in Yorkshire at Leeds United earlier in the month.

On the back of a confidence-sapping 2-0 home loss to Leicester City at the weekend Jones made three changes to his starting eleven with Miguel Llera replacing Martin Taylor at the back, and Paul Corry and Chris Lines coming in for Jose Semedo and Jermaine Johnson.

Things started well enough for Wednesday and Antonio fired them ahead in the third minute when he took advantage of a defensive laps from the visitors to fire the Owls ahead and give them a much-needed shot in the arm.

It gave Wednesday confidence but that soon ebbed away when the visitors got on level terms not long after. Forestieri was picked out at the edge of the box and he struck a low shot that Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland couldn't prevent going into the back of the net to make things all square.

Despite the set-back Wednesday had a golden opportunity to regain the lead just before the half-hour mark when Jay Bothroyd was felled inside the box. Lines stepped up to take the spot-kick but Manuel Almunia did well to save the effort.

The Owls finished the first half the stronger of the two sides but Zola's men, bolstered by a number of foreign loan players with plenty of flair, were in the ascendancy on the restart.

Geijoa had a header well saved by Kirkland as the visitors mounted more pressure and danger man Forestieri twice came close to giving the Hornets the lead for the first time in the match.

They didn't have to wait long for that lead to come and it was Geijoa who grabbed it, steeling in to head home a Yeates free-kick just after the hour mark.

The goal was a sucker-punch for Wednesday and while the hosts wilted, Watford grew in confidence and added two more late goals to add the icing to their cake.

Substitute Deeney scored with his first touch of the ball and then Yeates added the fourth to bring another chorus of booing to the Hillsborough stands and leave Wednesday with a fifth straight defeat.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton (J Johnson 68), Llera, Gardner (Taylor 46), Helan, Antonio, Lines, Corry, McCabe (Semedo 53), Bothroyd, Sidibe. Unused substitutes: Bywater, Jones, Mayor, O`Grady

Watford: Almunia, Hall, Yeates (Murray 90), Hogg, Pudil (Dickinson 88), Cassetti, Hoban, Geijo, Chalobah, Ekstrand, Forestieri (Deeney 75). Unused substitutes: Bonham, Vydra, Smith, Battocchio.

Date:Tuesday November 27 2012
Time: 10:58PM


I see Millwall won again. Another clean sheet too. Beevers played a blinder apparently.
28/11/2012 06:47:00
Go now
28/11/2012 07:42:00
Didn't even need Vydra playing...
28/11/2012 08:26:00
DJ's post-match quote, part one: "Have I become a bad manager overnight?" Overnight? No. I'd say it took a little over a fortnight before some of us started to suspect the truth of it. Specifically between the press conference following the defeat at Palace and half time vs. Huddersfield. Everything that's happened since then makes me wonder how anyone ever thought you were a good manager in the first place. DJ's post-match quote part two: "The number of managers at this club in the past tells you that chopping and changing is not the right thing." Couldn't agree more, and the fact that you're currently in the post is all the proof we need. Why on earth did we have to chop and change last February? Part three entailed blaming the players for last night's result, as usual. So MM's little pep talk over dinner worked a treat then. Next up he'll be telling us how he's losing money hand over fist and if he can be patient then so can the rest of us. Well I'm sorry Mr. Chairman but I'm afraid your credibility is taking a nose-dive too. I honestly believe there is only one man out there who could possibly arrest this slide and turn things around before the January transfer window opens, and the sad thing is he's already on the payroll! Sad, because he's the very last man you're likely to turn to in a crisis because your own stubborn pride and principles forbid you to hold up your hand and admit you were wrong, wrong, wrong. In the meantime you'll 'trust' your manager and his coaching team will utilise their vast experience to turn last night's shower into a team capable of winning matches in this division. Or else bring in A.N.Other failed manager to 'have a crack at it'. God help us!
28/11/2012 08:38:00
Hold on there our Maurice. Everything you say about DJ is correct, if he had any self respect he would resign, but that's not going to happen. No doubt he'll hold on and wait for a big pay off! However, your comments on MM are completely offside. Whatever we feel at the moment, we are in a better position since he took over and he has backed both Megson and Jones with cash. We still owe him a great deal and I for one, will not be knocking him. Megson is not coming back, but we need a change. Hopefully the wheels are turning behind the scenes.
28/11/2012 11:05:00
I think the only thing we can hold against MM is that he is standing by his manager and I'm not sure we can really blame him for that. From his point of his view, he has good reason to give DJ as much of a chance to deliver as possible but its clear MM is not stupid and he won't give him much longer. I think the vote of confidence was the biggest indicator that DJ is at crunch time. As dobby says, I reckon there is a good chance MM is already taking steps behind the scenes but I think we all need to keep our trust in Milan. Megson built a good team with passion and pride but like it or not that boat has sailed now and there is next to no chance that he is going to come back while MM is in charge so I think we need to let the whole Megson thing go now and move on. Maybe MM is not doing things as fast or exactly how we would want them but I don't doubt that he wants exactly the same things that we do he'll make the right decisions for the club.
28/11/2012 11:49:00
dobby1, with respect there's an awful lot going on that we don't know about. Some of it seems too cloak'n dagger for my liking and invites speculation as well as suspicion. First of all though, let's not lose track of MM's reasons for buying the club in the first place - to sell again at a profit. It appeared he handed Irvine a substantial transfer fund shortly after the takeover but how much was Megson given to spend? 350k for O'Grady, and there's a case to argue the other 'money' signings at that time Lowe, Lines & M.Jones were actually brought in 'on his behalf'. Everything else was loans and freebies. As I've said before on numerous occasions I believe the fall out between GM and MM was down to the manager's ambitions for the club not being matched by the chairman and I think that situation still stands today. The difference being the present manager seems more able to accept how things are and less prone to kick up a fuss about it. MM wants the club to succeed, of course he does! The healthier the club and the better placed we are in league terms then the higher the value when it comes to receiving offers. But he's less likely to plough money into the project just to bring that day closer if it means vastly reducing his profit margins. That's what I think. And I stand by my opinions re: the merits and performance of both GM & DJ. And you're right, Megson won't be coming back because in order to do so he'd need certain assurances that he'd be given licence to manage team affairs as he sees fit, and that doesn't appear to be the way MM & co like to operate.
28/11/2012 12:02:00
Anyone know what happened to Megson-Out
28/11/2012 13:40:00
I'm not arguing at all about the relative merits of DJ and GM. As I stated a few days ago, I firmly believe that it was the arrival of Antonio that sparked our promotion push and not the change in manager. this is the same Antonio that is now on a four year contract having been bought for a substantial sum. We also renewed the contracts of several players (Beevers included) n increased terms. Other players have been bought and MM has funded these. For years we were a selling club with little hope for the future. MM has changed this and I am not going to knock him. Of course he is reluctant to sack DJ as it will mean more expense. Yes MM will sell one day and he is not going to spend beyond our means. I am pleased to see some financial sense. we suffered for years because of the mis-managemnt of Dave Richards (where is he now ? - unbelievable). The fact is that we have a chairman who is willing to invest with the hope of making a profit in the future and what's wrong with that? I would rather have him in the chairmans seat that be bought by an investment bank - good luck Leeds! Whatever happened behind the scenes with GM is history and much as I like the guy, he will not be our manager again, so let's look forward. A new manager is what we need as DJ is simply not the man for the job!
28/11/2012 13:45:00
Good points by both, however dobby do you think these players will be sticking around if were relegated again? Contract length or not they will be sold for next to nothing and most will want that, who wants to play in league 1 when championship clubs come knocking? Mm will be working hard behind the scenes for dj replacement, he's no fool and I'm sure he will have a short list ready.
28/11/2012 15:39:00
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