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MK Dons 2 - Wednesday 0

Stadium:mk

15/1/13 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 6,786

FA Cup: MK Dons 2-0 Wednesday

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.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 15 2013

Time: 10:09PM

Your Comments

I'm unashamedly old school when it comes to the FA Cup. The draw for the 3rd round used to be eagerly awaited and the timing of the matches (first weekend of the New Year) would almost guarantee bumper crowds the full length of the country regardless of the opposition. Then it was all ears to the radio with successive draws taking place the following Monday lunchtime (assuming we were still in the hat). These days the 'bigger' clubs field 'weaker' sides, the fans stay at home and genuine upsets barely cause a ripple. It's sad really. Especially when even moderate success can bring in healthy financial rewards. Our venture into this year's competition barely registered on the Richter Scale and I wouldn't necessarily put that down to us fielding a weakened team. Seven changes but we still looked good enough on paper. I think the problems came with our approach to the home game and our lack of preparation for the replay. If we were serious about reaching the next round then we should send out our strongest XI and keep the momentum flowing. Perhaps ease off a little once the outcome looks secure rather than wait for the opposition to score and then introduce our subs in order to chase the game and salvage a result. The way things are now, we've been knocked out by a side from a lower division and we're left to hope our precious confidence hasn't taken another unnecessary battering and that we don't start Saturday's match back at square one. (:sigh!:)
OurMaurice
I recall last season Megson took the various cup competitions with almost disdain to the chagrin of a lot of fans and other media comentators because he felt the league was the priority and we didn't have a squad large enough or good enough to compete across multiple competitions. Whilst disappointed at the time the fact we ultimately got automatic promotion with a fantastic late surge could in large part be down to the low priority Megson took the cups earlier in the season. Personally speaking if going out last night means we retain our championship status then I'd take that, going on for 1 or 2 more rounds and maybe getting relegated back to league 1 certainly isn't a gamble I'd take or that any fans would be happy with.
sussexowl
It certainly proves that we really only have about 11 players who are actually up to the task and yes I may be a little harsh but the fringe players really are the ones who make up the newly installed reserve team and can't contribute when asked to step up a level. Last season we did not have a resreve team hardly had any injuries and cosequently had a smaller squad and it worked. This closed season it is apparent that we have recruited players to make sure we could field a reserve team. We are not in a position of stability in the league and once established the reserves should be considered. We all thought we were signing players such as Mayor Rhodri Corry Mattock Pecnik to be serious competition. Something has gone wrong behind the scenes because the like of Rhodri & Pecnik should be shining in this league with the right coaching and run of games our offensive record is dreadfull and Paul Wilkinson is lucky to be in a job if he can't get the best out of these two. How can we go from the performance at Hull which was a fantastic team effort to this garbage I agree Our Maurice it has just hammered the confidence big style and if we dont get an early goal saturday I fear the worst.
andymac-scoresagoal
Without wishing to go off on one (haha) I agree with the points you both make, but this is where we find ourselves now and I have to ask: Why? It's all about 'prioritizing' these days and 'squad rotation' which are all well and good if a) there was at least some guarantee that forfeiting one competition would ensure success in another, and b) the club in question has a big enough squad filled with sufficient (international) quality to make it work. Only the top five or six clubs in the country seem capable of this, the rest of us rely on teamwork and momentum and confidence and consistency. What we've seen so far in both cup competitons (as well as most of the first half of our league season) suggests we're unable to send eleven squad players out and expect them to perform as a 'team'. Our successes, few and far between, have been limited by constant changes to line-ups/ formations and even when a standard of play has been achieved or a good result gained we can't be sure of what comes next. Maybe we could've done without a cup tie altogether but the opportunity was there to build on our fine performance vs. Hull by setting about lower league opposition in a manner more suited to our status. We didn't take it and now we're left to hope that our good form is there to be rediscovered when Wolves pay us a visit. I appreciate the argument that a decent cup run can cause a backlog of fixtures which may affect league results, especially if there's serious business to attend to at either end of the table, but a spell of bad weather can do that and anyway, where is it written that professional footballers cannot maintain an acceptable level of performance for more than say 50 games a season without burning out through fatigue? It's nonsense! I'd bet most of us can recall days when we'd often reach the 5th round/ quarter final of both competitions during a fairly successful league campaign on pitches devoid of grass, when only one sub was permitted, and when replays weren't decided on penalties. It wasn't so unusual for players to notch up 60+ appearances, or for the same XI to turn out week after week, injuries or suspensions permitting. Like I said at the top, it's an old school way of thinking but there you have it. Rant over.
OurMaurice
Always look forward OM to you going on one keep up the rants. It stops us all calling the Samaritans which we all been close to this season so far. :-)
andymac-scoresagoal
 

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