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Wednesday 0 - Burnley 2

Hillsborough

1/1/13 - 3pm

Attendance: 23,677

Wednesday 0-2 Burnley

Wednesday suffered a New Year's hangover as Burnley ended the Owls' four-game unbeaten end to 2012 with a convincing victory at Hillsborough.

Keith Treacy, who spent a spell on-loan with Wednesday from the Clarets last season, came on as a second-half substitute to give the Lancashire side the lead before Ross Wallace's 76th-minute penalty ensured all three points were going back across the Pennines with the visitors.

It was all they deserved, with Wednesday lacklustre in attack and suffering a dip in the form that pulled them out of the Championship's bottom three over Christmas. The Clarets were well organised and produced that extra bit of class with the finish to open their year with victory and leave their hosts with plenty to ponder.

Wednesday made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday with Joe Mattock replacing the suspended Reda Johnson at left-back and Mamady Sidibe coming back to lead the line.

Both sides started in tentative fashion but the visitors perhaps settled the quicker and came a lick of paint away from taking the lead after 11 minutes. Full-back Kieran Trippier fired an ambitious 30-yard strike that beat Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland but came back off the crossbar.

Wednesday started to settle, and started to trouble the Burnley defence - especially Jeremy Helan and Michail Antonio. The two linked well to provide a deep ball for Kieran Lee, who forced a headed effort on goal but saw former Wednesday stopper Lee Grant turn the ball behind for a corner.

The Owls enjoyed a good spell of possession, forcing a number of corners they looked dangerous from, but the visitors continued to carve out the more clear cut chances.

Jason Shackell had a good chance to fire his side ahead with a half-volley before Sam Vokes should have done better when presented with a glorious opportunity from a Trippier cross but the striker failed to make sufficient contact with the ball.

The tempo died down as the end of the first-half approached, but it certainly picked up on the resumption as the Owls were left wondering just how they hadn't taken the lead.

Jeremy Helen made a good run forward and pulled a superb ball back for Lee, left unmarked at the edge of the box, only for the defender-turned-midfielder to see his powerful shot blocked and Antonio to suffer the same fate when striking the rebound.

Wednesday started the second half well but after their initial attacking flourish on the restart the chances started to dry up as the visitors gradually got back into the game.

The hosts needed a change and boss Jones brought on Chris O'Grady for Sidibe - but it could't change Wednesday's attacking fortunes.

Instead, Burnley looked the more likely to open the scoring and Kirkland had to be alert to deny Wallace from long range.

It proved to be a warning shot as the visitors took the lead minutes later. Treacy, who helped the Owls to promotion last term, unleashed a low effort from 25-yards that flew beyond Kirkland and into the back of the net.

Burnley's confidence grew and the Owls never looked like getting back into the game.

And the visitors' points were secure soon after when they were presented with the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot when Lewis Buxton handled the ball from a cross inside the box. Wallace stepped up and made no mistake.

It could have got worse for Wednesday but Treacy was denied a late second by the post.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Mattock, Prutton (J Johnson 72), McCabe, Lee, Helan, Antonio, Sidibe (O`Grady 58). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Taylor, Jones, Corry, Madine.

Burnley: Grant, Ings, Vokes, Lafferty, Wallace, Trippier, Paterson (Treacy 41), McCann (Edgar 60), Shackell, Duff, Stock (Bartley 90). Unused substitutes: Jensen, O`Neill, Stewart, Long.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 1 2013

Time: 7:20PM

Your Comments

Hugely disappointing but hardly surprising. One look at our starting XI left me wondering where our goals would come from. I can almost understand DJ's logic in wanting to show faith etc but this wasn't a tough away game where a clean sheet was most important and the chance of nicking a goal would be a bonus. Burnley are mid-table, nothing more. They were on a run of two wins from their last ten and they'd managed to leak as many goals as we have without being considered relegation candidates. And we were at home, Dave. 0-0 would have disappointing. Glad as I am to see Lee getting a chance I'd prefer to see more adventure with players filling their preferred roles, ie Antonio on the wing and a pair of hungry strikers who treat Hillsborough like home. Sidibe scored a great goal last week and he's become a media celebrity ever since, but it was still his first goal for three years, wasn't it? Can we rely on him to score more than say sticking with Madine & CO'G up front and bringing on the likes of Maguire, Pecnik or Rodri when we need a change? Wouldn't it have been worth a gamble to bring Madine on yesterday when we went 1-0 down? Anyhow, I suppose Treacy was bound to score in what was only his 2nd appearance of the season. Did we try and sign him up last summer? Probably not. Just listened to DJ's BBC radio interview and he's back to sounding like Marvin The Depressed Robot. Apparently MM is still on holiday now that the transfer window is officially open. Remember last year? It was all about Ben Marshall & 'Arry Redknapp's dog then, but we ended up getting stuck with Bostik and another Jones instead. This time, who knows? But I've a hunch Ryan Lowe will play a blinder on Saturday!
OurMaurice
When Gray arrived - 4 wins on the spin I thought - the Messiah, but apparently he's just a very naughty boy!
Brighton Owl
Llera leaving and Beevers gone too, what are we doing at this Club.
Fantham's Hairnet
Is it just me. Every time I hear Dave Jones speak I steadily become depressed, my mood drops right of whatever the team has done. He talks about a flat display with no spark but his monotone drawl I find hugely ....well..depressing. I just can't imagine the man doing anything to lift, rouse, encourage, motivate any player. I'm being haunted again by the relegation spectre.
Fantham's Hairnet
 

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