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Wednesday 0 - Wigan Athletic 3

Hillsborough

11/2/14 - 7.45pm

Attendance: 25,279

Wednesday 0-3 Wigan Athletic

Wednesday's good run of form came to crashing to a halt against Wigan Athletic at a chilly Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

The Owls went into the game on the back of an eleven-match unbeaten run but goals from Nicky Maynard, Martyn Waghorn and Marc-Antoine Fortune gave the Latics all three points.

The match was played at the second time of asking after the initial clash bad in December was postponed at half-time due to a waterlogged pitch with the visitors leading 1-0.

Uwe Rosler's side were keen to hit the ground running and they did just that, although Maynard's opener came somewhat against the run of play. It knocked the stuffing out of the Owls, however, and Maynard floated a corner kick straight into the back of the net just seven minutes later to put the Lancastrians well in control.

The Owls were buoyed by a 2-0 win at Reading at the weekend and boss Stuart Gray, Rosler's former manager at Southampton, handed a debut to Cardiff City loan man, Adedeji Oshilaja, was received international clearance in time to play.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 20 minutes but the Owls carved out two good chances to take the lead - chances they were later made to pay for missing.

First, Atdhe Nuhiu did well to rob the ball from Leon Barnett but he shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi when he should have done better. Then, Benik Afobe, who scored his first Owls goal at the weekend following a loan move from Arsenal, slipped at the vital time following a good run.

So when Athletic went down the other end and scored from their next attack it knocked the hosts off their stride. Maynard was the man to get it, thumping a powerful shot beyond Owls stopper Chris Kirkland to open the scoring just before the half-hour mark.

That lead was doubled shortly after when Waghorn, on-loan from Leicester City, swung a corner that flew straight in to give Wigan a strong hold of the contest at half-time.

Gray looked to change things shortly after the restart and brought on Jeremy Helan and Michail Antonio to try and add some more spark to the Owls' forward play but Wigan remain stubborn at the back.

El Habsi was still worked, denying Helan's low shot before grasping hold of an effort from Miguel Llera as the hosts looked for a way back into the game.

Nuhiu and Chris Maguire had further chances for Wednesday, who continued to battle away, but Atheltic hung on and add icing to their cake in stoppage time when Fortune made it 3-0.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Oshilaja, Llera, Mattock, Maguire, Lee, Semedo (Lavery 64), Maghoma (Antonio 55), Nuhiu, Afobe (Helan 55)

Wigan: Al Habsi, McCann, Watson, McClean (Fortune 51), McArthur (Kiernan 88), Boyce, Beausejour, Perch, Barnett, Maynard, Waghorn (Crainey 81).




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Date:Wednesday February 12 2014

Time: 12:43AM

Your Comments

Lets go again now sooner or later the gamble would not pay off. We need defenders back asap or play against 10 men maybe for the next three games. another half decent run between now and the end of March will do nicely lets hope its not the end of the dreaded honeymoon period
andymac-scoresagoal
Injuries & suspensions cost us last night and with Semedo going off and a few more bookings added to the list the trend looks set to continue. However, I'm not totally convinced the answer lies with loan signings. For a start, 1) I don't know whether Stu is identifying these players himself or whether it's PA/ Agent business conducted on his behalf and 2) whether these recruits are tied to a play/ don't pay agreement which might force Stu's hand when it comes to selection. Martinez, Benik28, Oshi and now Gardner from Villa are all lacking game time and now it seems like the onus will be on us to provide it. I wouldn't mind so much if there was a chance of making these moves permanent if their loans prove successful but you just know that ain't gonna happen. If they do well their parent clubs will benefit the most and if they still aren't good enough to break into their own 1st team then there'll probably be an ambitious Championship club or two willing to snap 'em up. In the meantime, our impressive run has occurred largely thanks to the efforts of our own players who will now presumably get shunted to one side in order to give these lads a game? Well I hope it works out. I guess it's down to Stu & Bully to make it work. Personally, I wonder if we'd have fared better last night if we'd stuck with Semedo alongside Llera at the back and played Helan or McCabe from the start? Then I thought Semedo's injury would hand Coke another opportunity to stake a claim but we'll probably see Gardner in there instead; another youngster returning from a bad injury who's barely played for two years...
OurMaurice
We will never sign another player for a fee whilst MM is still in charge as I stated previously he will make his money on the fixtures and fittings he will not pay for any player because that is not classed as a asset to him just a loss. We must start asking ourselves why we have not been remotely close to any take over talk even Dirty Leeds have some interest from a dodgy geezer. I wonder if Ken Dodds accountant is looking to invest in a football club. Don't be fooled by Mr Madaric claim that he will do what is best for the club. Yes I am biased but what is the best for the club was in the summer of 2013 spend some money on quality experinced players. This did not happen. We spent a fortune on creating a resrve side (u21s) what have we got out of that we are borrowing a u21 striker and a u21 defender & U21 midfielder. If our 20 & 21 year old players are no where near good enough to play in the championship now they will probably never be so we are investing in then to sell to league 1 & 2 for 75 to 100k transfer fees.
andymac-scoresagoal
I hear ya, andymac- and perhaps MM kept his chequebook hid last summer because he knew DJ would only waste it on the Kevin Davieses of the world. I've no doubt the old guy (MM, not Davies) is still working to his own agenda but think how good it would be if he backed Stu this time around, let him identify his targets early and got them on board in time for pre-season training. Then we might actually hit the ground running come August instead of suffering our customary struggle up to Christmas followed by the 'promotion form' needed to secure our status for another year. Won't happen of course, but there's no harm in dreaming :0) As far as Gardner's arrival goes, interviews suggest that Stu has had his eye on him for a while so my earlier comment might be doing both a disservice. It's just that I thought Coke's goal at Millwall could prove pivotal (for him) and if he hadn't have got sent off we might have another 'form' player fighting for a place. Well, I suspect he's dropped down the pecking order. We'll see. As for the others, will Martinez get the nod on Saturday? I'd prefer to see Kirkland there myself. Oshi's cup-tied so hopefully Loovens will be fit enough to partner Big Mig. But what about the Derby game? I just hope the decision is Stu's to make rather than any loan/ payment agreement. Then again, I'm probably looking at it too closely (anxiety caused by one defeat in twelve games).
OurMaurice
 

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