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19/08/07 - 13:30

Attendance: 22,131

Wednesday 1-3 Wolves

Wednesday remain pointless and propping up the rest of the Championship table after losing their second game from two so far this season with defeat against Wolves at Hillsborough on Sunday.

The Owls were desperate to carry their 3-1 victory over Rotherham during midweek in to the clash and get their first three points of the season on the board after falling to a disappointing defeat at Ipswich last weekend.

But further defensive woe and a lack of cutting edge in the Owls attack saw them fall to another defeat in front of a relatively poor crowd for the first home clash of the season of just 22,131.

Owls boss Brian Laws stuck with youngster Tommy Spurr at left-back in place of Peter Gilbert but Lee Bullen returned to the side after being dropped for the clash with Rotherham, with Steve Watson missing out prior to kick-off.

Francis Jeffers got his first start at Hillsborough since making the 700,000 move from Blackburn while Wade Small continued on the left-wing following the sale of Chris Brunt to West Brom in midweek.

But despite the confidence brought in to the clash from the midweek victory over Rotherham, it was the visitors who looked in control early on and they eventually took the lead after just 14 minutes at a rain-soaked Hillsborough.

As with the defeat at Portman Road on the opening day, it was the Owls who caused their own downfall as a loose Deon Burton pass back to the defence ended up at the feet of Michael Kightly who fed Andy Keogh before former Southend man Eastwood picked up the loose ends to fire Mick McCarthy's men in front.

And things were going from bad to worse for Laws and co. as new signing Francis Jeffers, who missed the clash with Rotherham through injury, returned to limp off the field on 20 minutes to see former Wolves man Leon Clarke return to the Owls attack.

Wade Small had been in superb form in pre-season and also netted in his first start against the Millers in midweek and it was the former MK Dons man who looked the biggest threat for Wednesday as he saw a header bounce wide before lashing a shot low and wide.

But although Wednesday were getting themselves in the game as the half progress, Wolves looked the more deadly on the attack and could be somewhat unfortunate to see a second ruled out as Andy Keogh saw his effort chalked off for offside.

Leon Clarke and Jermaine Johnson both saw efforts charged down by the Wolves defence as Wednesday continued to mount some serious pressure on the Wolves defence, and they were finally rewarded deep in to first half injury time as Wade Small netted the leveller.

Glenn Whelan's floating corner found the head of Deon Burton before Small notched his second in as many games from point blank range to grab the Owls' leveller and give them a confidence boost going in to the break.

But all Wednesday's hard work before the break went to waste just after the re-start as poor positioning at the back allowed Eastwood to waltz clear before putting in the highly-rated Michael Kightly in with an effort which gave the visitors the lead for a second time.

One plus point from the clash was the never-say-die attitudes of Glenn Whelan and Frank Simek who drove the Owls forward, but Jermaine Johnson was enjoying little pleasure after the break as he become increasingly frustrated in attack.

Wednesday continued to push men forward in search of the equaliser and were caught on the break by substitute Jay Bothroyd who wrapped up the three points for Wolves with a neat finish in injury time.

Wednesday: Grant; Simek, Bullen, Wood, Spurr; Johnson, Lunt (Hinds 86), Whelan (O'Brien 77), Small; Jeffers (Clarke 20), Burton. Subs: Burch, Gilbert, Hinds, O'Brien, Clarke.

Wolves: Hennessey; Foley, Ward, Breen (Collins 33), Gray; Kightly, Potter (Henry 68), Olofinjana, Ward; Eastwood (Bothroyd 87), Keogh. Subs: Stack, Collins, Henry, Bothroyd, Bennett.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 19 2007

Time: 11:40PM

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My opinion only. Its going to be a long hard season. Grant (ok, decent game) Spurr (Not good enough) Wood (Not good enough, positional awareness zero) Bullen(Just not good enough) Simek (Out of position so many times, but not sure if it was because he was covering for the 3 incompetents to the left of him) Lunt (waste of a shirt) Whelan (ploughing a lonely furrow, but in general ok) Johnson (never seen a player with less heart, not prepared to dig deep,did one run and didnt want the ball for the next 10 minutes. Get rid, dont need him) Small (must have had 10 chances, and on another day, may have bagged 3. Reserve judgement) Deon Burton (didnt seem too interested, although that seemed to be the theme of the day) Jeffers (did he touch the ball before he limped off after 19 mins. Weve bought a buscuit) Clarke (Although I want this lad to succeed he is actually an unfit, unskillful donkey) Hinde (Absolute waste of a shirt, total garbage) Burton O'Brian (Another complete and utter waste of a shirt) So all in all, a good day had by all. The annoying thing is that Wolves were rubbish and were gifted 3 points, they wouldnt have got them otherwise. At least 2500 from Wolves so Owls turnout 19500 ish. Says it all, and it aint going to get better any time soon. Not checked the website yet or heard Laws. What I dont want is him to repeat that he has "an honest bunch of players" If they were that honest they would give their wages to charity for that performance. Totally not good enough en block. Needs at least 2 quality defenders ( left back and center half essential) Needs a ball winner in midfield, and he hasnt solved the striker issue in any way shape or form. 4 players minimum required just to hold our own.
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20/08/2007 08:47:00

Grant 7 (Couldn't do much about the goals); Simek 7; Spurr 6 (Looked good on the ball and with his man, but totally absent for all three goals from the right); Bullen 5 (Keogh tore him to shreds. He looked very panicked on the ball); Wood 7; Johnson 6 (Too static, wasn't lay the ball off quick enough); Whelan 6 (Not finding room to play); Lunt 7 (Broke up the play very well, made a nuisance of himself in midfield); Small 7 (Looking lively again. One or two bad decisions when he could have squared the ball instead of shooting); Jeffers 6 (Not really on for long enough); Burton 6 (Playing too deep); Clarke 7 (Good positioning and effort but short on chances as the ball wasn't really coming in to him).
Overall: Unlucky to lose. A draw would have been fair. We're a defender, a winger and no injuries away from being a good team.
Disgruntled Owl
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20/08/2007 08:47:00

Sorry to say Disgruntled Owl we are far more than a defender and a winger and no injuries from being a good team. They got what they deserved, although I could conceed that the Small shot that the keeper fumbled, did actually cross the line, absolute no doubt, I was level with it, so we should have had a point by default as it was 1-2 at the time
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20/08/2007 08:53:00

it didnt cross the line!! if u were level with it your view would have been hindered by their keeper on top of it and a post in the way! i was right behind it and all the ball did NOT cross the line! we played ***** and got beat!
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20/08/2007 09:16:00

I was in the south stand seat 226, 3 yards kop side of the post, which didnt get in the way because the ball was the goal side of it, the goalkeeper was the other side of the ball. It was in, no doubt. But its a small point, we got beat because we were *****e, so on the most important point we are in agreement. Just looked at the website and Laws thinks that 3-1 was harsh and that we played really well in the first half. There's no hope if he thinks that was acceptable
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20/08/2007 09:35:00

bbc local news (BBC1 this morning) - Brian Laws looking for new defender. AT LAST. Our defence was poor last season, it's been further weakened with Coughlan leaving (WHY?) strenghtened by the signing of ?????????. Watson? Hinds? ....... We need at least 2 new quality defenders - can't keep relying on Bullen - he'll be gettin his pension soon. Spurr still too young, inexperienced. Only leaves us with Simek and Wood, both quality last season, lets hope that keeps up... Still need more quality in defence, and a decent striker. Team is too small, injury problems already, and only 2 matches in. I'm available to sit on the bench if required!! NB> if Jeffers is a biscuit, what sort? Rich tea? we need a hobnob!
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20/08/2007 09:43:00

Why, why, why did he buy hinds? Why, why, why did he buy Clark? Johnson? garbage. Did he buy Small? Who has he actually bought that is any good? In the context of working towards the premier league. Answer. knowone IMO. And please dont anyone say Watson. So why should we be excited about his latest whim. He must be pig sick of looking in bargain basement. Nothing is going to happen that is positive until the ownership issue is sorted. New faces will come and go, but in reality we are only moving the deckchairs around aboard the titanic. Depressing stuff 2 games in. I need another holiday.
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20/08/2007 10:23:00

onedeaddj has changed his user name i see!!! lol
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20/08/2007 11:47:00

Nah he's far more negative than me. We all have our opinions, and I am quite aware that mine are not shared by everyone, if anyone, but it would be pretty boring if we all thought the same. I would love to say that all in the garden at S6 is fine, and the outlook is bright, but quite frankly it aint. God I wish it was, believe me.
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20/08/2007 12:17:00

the walkeyone u said wood postisoning wasnt good enough well what u expect when he has to cover for spurr all the time because he isnt a eft back i think wood did well becasue spurr kept tucking in so wod had to do his own role + left back and slaging johnson off ?????? he probalby our best player i mean fair enough he didnt have the greatest of games and he dint touch the ball he did want it just they never give it to him it not the players fault !!!!! u cant have been at same match as johnson simek! nd wood i reckon these players eserve to wear the shirt johnson wood simek whelan the rest was either crap or not good enough leon clarke if he had agression he would be a great player i like deon burton but i think hes lost without tudgay
up the owls 2k7
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20/08/2007 12:24:00

oh! and wadey he deserves to wear the shirt
up the owls 2k7
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20/08/2007 12:25:00

I cant agree with all your saying thewalkleyone. Spurr was very strong defensivley and wood also for most of the game. Our players lack size and leadership. Sam Sodje may provide the size, but what we are seeing is our key players like Glenn Whelan not signing a new crazy.
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20/08/2007 12:34:00

Believe me I was at the same match and actually stayed till the end Wood was all over the place and not within a country mile of the left touchline. He was a class player before he got injured last year but had a shocker yesterday for whatever reason. Johnson is in no way approaching our "best player" get a grip. He did one run mid second half which should have resulted in a goal as the ball he played in was excellent, then he went missing for 10 minutes, not wanting the ball. No desire, lazy and not fit to wear the shirt. Harsh but true in my opinion only. Wade small should walk into the side,he was unlucky not to have had added a few more.
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20/08/2007 12:36:00

On reflection, too harsh on Johnson. One game doesnt make him either a bad player or world beater,and I suppose that goes for the rest of them.
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20/08/2007 12:57:00

yes it was a bad day 4 johnson ill admit but who is our best player i think whelan johnson small wood simek folly(who) but folly never plays i agree if hedoesnt play him what is point of paying him wadges and i think he deserves a team slot ahead of lunt and wood was coverig this left tochline more than spurr , he has got talent but lacks pace and is no good at left back personally i would play gilbert for quickness
up the owls 2k7
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20/08/2007 13:22:00

i think someone should give the whole team akikck up backside because leon clarke he would be a great player if he had agresion same with wade small whenv he got kicked up in air a couple of times lol then e wanted to play more and more and was attacking better and better
up the owls 2k7
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20/08/2007 13:25:00

Wednesday were outfought all over the park. Wolves noted early that the referee classed strangling as an acceptable form of defence and proceeded to push, hold, barge and pull their way through the whole match. Spurr, Lunt, Bullen and Clarke all need replacing but as our illustrious chairman has tied Laws' hands with the Brunt money - it won't happen. Read Allen's program notes where he predicts a "promotion season" - pathetic - and a meagre 22,000 gate suggests a lot of Wednesdayites didn't fall for it this time.
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20/08/2007 14:13:00

lmao init i read it yesterday he says with signings we have we will be pushing for promotions who gunna help us out of em jeffers probably hinds no grant yes we gt a decent keper at last
up the owls 2k7
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20/08/2007 14:22:00

tbh only wade small really impressed me yet again and the lad kightley had us in all sorts of mess come on lawsy sort it out
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20/08/2007 15:52:00

we just need to add that bit of quality and confiedence then we will be sorted sodje would be good for us a good centre midfielder is required and also i feel we lack that depth of quality up front we have to stay clear of in juries cause if one of our wingers gets injured which they will we will struggle and also i feel another left back bit too much to ask but sort that out and were going places
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20/08/2007 16:52:00

What game were you lot watching ?? Spurr was crap JJ was crap Lunt was crap ? NONSENSE JJ was marked out by three, yes THREE players everytime he touched the ball, Spurr marked Kightly out of the game for most of it and made some great tackles. Now, Kenny Lunt; What you lot dont seem to see is that Lunt does play well, hes not the one to keep posession but he does play well, he plays Just infront of the back 4 and lets Whelan play and Lunt did play well before going off. Clarke is absolutely *****e and no one knows how he signed :S Small tbh is a worthy replacement for Brunt, his runs left most of the Wolves defence on their arse but neither JJ or Small can cross for *****.
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20/08/2007 19:17:00

your right tommo but they do get fouled which leads to crosses and with sodje just passed his medical thats anothe bloke to aim for in the box off set plays they will get people sent of this year small and jj and not alot of teams willbe able to cope with both of them
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20/08/2007 19:31:00

Were you all at a different game on Sunday? Wood and Frankie were awesome as always. Tommy made some great challenges, though the lad is lost going forward. Yes, he made a couple of mistakes, but he's a better defender than Bully by a mile. As for Bully, he's well past it. I literally pooed myself every time he got the ball. Also zero imagination going forward. Clarke had the best game he's had for us yet. (I've called him all the names like the rest of us in the past) . He held the ball up well, made some good passes. Same goes for Burton. Whelan and Lunt were outplayed by the Wolves midfield until Whelan decided to get stuck in in the second half and injured himself. We're *****ed by the way if it is an injury. Never rated Kenny. Don't even notice he's playing. Small and JJ did the best they could given the underhand marking, especially JJ. No wonder he had his head down and got a yellow for kicking the ball away in the second half, the ref gave him nothing! We lost to 3 soft goals. They had 4 shots, we had 14. Enough said. We weren't helped by a ref who clearly didn't understand the rules of the game / had taken a backhander / was also from Wolverhampton or all 3, (the ball did cross the line! Wolves should have had at least one player sent off) and a solid, yet very dirty Wolves defence. Mr Laws, we need: a quality centre back and left back (sorry Tommy, not quite good enough yet), a natural left sided winger, to clone Glenn Whelan, and a goalscorer. Otherwise we we will continue to struggle to score goals against the top teams and will leak like hell at the other end! Oh and bring Folly back!
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20/08/2007 20:08:00

So S6Apple, what you're saying is the team did very well but we need to replace half of them? ;-)
Disgruntled Owl
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20/08/2007 21:49:00

I agree well with fozzy and Apple to an extent. The reasons we dont see Lunt because he doesnt hold possesion for very long, his role is a Defensive Midfielder, which means he sits just in front of the back 4 and focuses on getting the ball and passing to an attacking player, he's a very intelligent player and does get stuck in, thats why i rate him over Folly. Folly and Whelan are the same player imo, very energetic and press quite well but Lunt lets Whelan has the attacking freedom he wants.
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21/08/2007 17:48:00

yeh but tommo, it still dusnt make sense why folly doesnt make the bench...........unless he's told the owls board and laws he wont play for them, and how many times have we heard that one?
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No disgruntled, what I'm saying is we definitely need 2 new players in the starting lineup (left back, full back) and others to bolster the squad to cover for inevitable injuries and boost competition. I can see complacency creeping in for the regulars if the current situation stays as is
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22/08/2007 00:20:00

another loss it is hard when fighting relegation but you ahve to keep going or you are already down
ozanne park rangers
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