FA Cup: MK Dons 2-0 Wednesday
15/1/13 - 7.45pm
Wednesday's FA Cup run came to an end at MK Dons as the League One side to progressed to the Fourth Round with a convincing 2-0 victory in Milton Keynes on Tuesday night.
Shaun Williams fired Karl Robinson's men ahead in the first half and Dean Bowditch's second-half free-kick ensured the Dons' progression to a date against Premier League Queens Park Rangers in the next round.
The sides drew 0-0 in the original Third Round match at Hillsborough and the Owls' lower division opponents left feeling they could have progressed there and then, but they did not have any such regrets on a cold Tuesday night.
Wednesday made plenty of changes, highlighted with Stephen Bywater starting in goal in place of Chris Kirkland. Anthony Gardner, Reda Johnson and Michail Antonio were amongst the other names rested while David Prutton was suspended and Jeremy Helan was cup tied.
The visitors, who went into the game on the back of a 3-1 win at high-flying Hull City at the weekend, started brightly and Paul Corry lashed an effort just over the bar.
Dave Jones had made seven changes to that side that mauled the Tigers but another change was soon on its way with Jermaine Johnson being forced off early on. Danny Mayor was his replacement.
The teams traded possession without either goalkeeper really being tested but the hosts took the lead just before thew half-hour mark.
Lewis Buxton felled Bowditch inside the box and the referee did not hesitate in awarding the spot-kick. Williams stepped up and rifled Robinson's men into the lead.
The goal gave the hosts a huge boost and they could have extended their lead just minutes later but Bywater and Martin Taylor somehow managed to avert the danger with Daniel Powell ready to pounce.
That is the way it stayed until half-time and chances were few and far between at the start of a lacklustre second period.
Wednesday needed to make changes and Chris O'Grady came on for Nejc Pecnik, while Antonio was also thrown on to add more attacking threat, with Kieran Lee being replaced.
It added a bit more to Wednesday's attacking play but not enough to breach the Dons defence, with just a long-range Corry shot troubling the home goalkeeper.
Antonio also saw appeals for a penalty appeal waved away, and perhaps rightly so, as Wednesday struggled to find a way back into the game.
Any way back was soon put to be, however, when the hosts bagged a second through Bowditch's free-kick.
It was enough to kill off the game and send the Dons through to the next round, and leave Wednesday focusing on Championship survival this term.
MK Dons: Martin, Otsemobor, Lewington, Mackenzie (Kouo-Doumbe 72), Williams, Potter, Bowditch (Chicksen 78), Smith, Lowe, Powell (Alli 88), Kay. Unused substitutes: Harley, Rasulo, Ismail.
Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Taylor, Llera, Mattock, Lee (Antonio 62), Semedo, Pecnik (O`Grady 55), Corry, Madine, J Johnson (Mayor 13). Unused substitutes: Davies, Jones, Coke, Sidibe.