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Wednesday 0 - Burnley 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

18/09/07 - 19:45

Attendance: 18,359

Wednesday 0-2 Burnley

Wednesday's desperate start to the season continued as they slumped to their sixth straight defeat to leave them pointless and propping up the rest of the Championship after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Burnley at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

Goals from Robbie Blake and Chris McCann gave Steve Cotterill's men a convincing victory against the Owls to continue the Clarets impressive start to the new season.

Despite the Owls' fifth defeat on the trot at Preston at the weekend, boss Brian Laws made just one change to his starting eleven with Kenny Lunt returning to the side in place of Yoann Folly, who wasn't even included on the bench.

Marcus Tudgay returned to the squad but Jermaine Johnson was again left out of the starting line-up as he sat on the bench to endure yet another defeat.

But although the Owls problems have been mainly with the defence so far this season, the Owls attack failed to trouble the Burnley defence as they kept their first clean sheet of the season despite Laws fielding four strikers throughout the match in Sodje, Jeffers, Burton and Tudgay.

Although Wednesday were desperate to get off to a good start against their Lancashire counterparts it was Burnley who came out of the traps the quickest and had the first real chance on goal as former Blades hitman Andy Gray volleyed wide from the edge of the box.

But Wednesday front pairing Franny Jeffers and Sodje did show signs of potential as the duo linked to give the former Everton and Arsenal man a shot on goal which was comfortably saved by Clarets stopper Kiraly.

And the Burnley response was almost instant as Wade Elliott went racing down the wing to provide a dangerous low cross which was cleared to the feet of Blake, who struck the ball cleanly in to the back of the net to give the hosts the advantage.

The returning Kyle Lafferty was causing Wednesday all kinds of problems and it was he who almost doubled Burnley's lead minutes later with a rasping drive that went just wide of Lee Grant's goal.

And Burnley continued to have the better of the chances in the first half as Lafferty saw a header on target well blocked from a flowing Clarets move as the Owls defence struggled to cope with the impressive Burnley attack.

The best chances for Brian Laws' men as Etienne Esajas swept by Alexander and produced a superb cross which just escaped the foot of the out-stretched Wade Small, with the wingers proving the best attacking options for the Owls.

Sodje and Kenny Lunt also had half chances which failed to trouble Kiraly as Burnley took the advantage in to the break to a chorus of boos from the Hillsborough faithful, not for the first time this season.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Burnley

Laws decided to take Steve Watson off to be replaced by Richard Hinds and the change gave the chance to youngster Richard Wood to take on the captain responsibilities for the first time in his career so far.

But the Owls once again tool their time to settle down after the restart and they fell further behind as Blake took advantage of some sloppy defending by Frank Simek to pull back for McCann to drill in to the back of the net to the delight of the travelling Clarets fans.

Wednesday continued to have their fair share of possession in the Burnley half but they looked clueless as to what to do with the end product as the Burnley defence looked confident of keeping their first clean sheet of the season.

And Laws took note by replacing the front two pairing and bringing on Tudgay and Burton to replace the lacklustre Sodje and Jeffers as Wednesday searched for a way back in to the game.

And Kiraly was forced in to his first important save of the night as he turned away a rasping Kenny Lunt free-kick to deny the former Crewe man his first goal in a blue and white shirt since his move to S6 last summer.

Further half-chances fell to Esajas and Small but the Clarets hung on to take all three points and condemn Wednesday to yet another defeat as the pressure mounts at the bottom of the Championship.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-2 Burnley

Wednesday: Grant, Lunt, Whelan, Jeffers (Tudgay 60), Esajas, Wood, Watson (Hinds 46), Simek, Small, Sodje (Burton 60), Spurr. Subs: Johnson, Burch.

Burnley: Kiraly, Duff, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Elliott, Alexander, McCann (Gudjonsson 74), Lafferty (Spicer 82) Blake (Akinbiyi 84), Gray. Subs: Unsworth, Jensen.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 19 2007

Time: 12:38AM

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Absolute crap and no kidding.
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19/09/2007 09:48:00

worst performance yet wasnt it?
will it ever happen
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19/09/2007 09:58:00

FREE to gud home 1 season ticket? last nite wot a shambles. i dunt know how much longer me n 18000 more can take ther was nothing there at all. i don't want to see mr laws depart but unless mr allen givs him sum moni for loan signings to get us out of this mess then the axe will surely fall. SO if you are a wednesdayite n not a pigeon fancier MR ALLEN YOU HAVE GOT STOP BEING SO CHILDISH n put the team building first. be a proper chairman and spend sum money or the crowds will go down with the club
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19/09/2007 10:05:00

Something is seriously wrong within the team and club! Including pre-season friendlies that is 10games lost in a row. Forget about English league football, that is probably the worst form of any professional club in the world. But we have some good players. Our defence is weak, but we should at least be scoring goals. This all started with the takeover breakdown, so that is where it needs to be fixed. DA and wednesdayite, please sort something out?
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19/09/2007 11:33:00

ive been optimistic about turning it around in the last few weeks,but that rubbish lastnight has got me very worried,what are they doin in training they had no clue who to pass to,they didnt know were to be to recive a ball,and if sodje is better than leon clark then i will get my bum out in front of a full kop(if we ever get a full kop again)he got knocked off the ball,he jumped 4 hours to early,what happenend to useing our wingers,esajas only had about 4 touches all game come on brian it you who trains them not dave allen,(not that im sticking up for mr allen no way)
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19/09/2007 17:17:00

it was an absoloute joke, it was disgraceful and all the time whilst watching it im beinbg told to sit down by a steward, the season ticket says ignite the passion, when you stand up your threatened with ejection from the ground?? how are you ment to get passionate, the team shows no passion and to be honest that was the worst showing ive seen in a VERY long time. laws is tactically very poor aswell, yea i know jeffers and dodgey are crap but if your 2-0 down playing with a 4-4-2 creating naff all, what gud is sticking with a 4-4-2 gunna do?? y not take spurr off, go 3 upfront??? USELESS CHAIRMAN USELESS MANAGER USELESS PLAYERS, apart from whelan he was our best player again, all game telling uva people were to pass becuase there that bad. you cud see the frustration with him, hinds had the ball n whelan pointed to simek n hinds lumped it long and whelan jus put his hands out asif t say WHAT THE ABSOLOUTE ***** AM I PLAYING WITH HERE
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19/09/2007 19:12:00

AMOST RITE MATE only thing you got wrong is whelan wern't our best player it wer nobody they all ought to take a long hard look at them selfs and think do i deserve my wages this week. and the answer from all off them would a definite NO. you and me would have been sacked 4 that [erformance
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19/09/2007 21:52:00

damn right about us being sacked but i disagree with the whelan thing, he was the only one who howed a slight bit of heart, a slight bit of passion and a slight bit of quality, as for why on earth he plays akpo dodgey ill never no, the guy **** trap a sandbag n **** time the heading of a balloon never mind a football, i cant see were our next win will cum from
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19/09/2007 22:12:00

I'm usually optimistic about my beloved Wednesday. However, that was without doubt our worst performance in a long time. I was sat right next to the home dugout. BL and RW looked on in disbelief. I know it's a whole team confidence issues, but something has to give. I wouldn't blame DA for sacking BL if we're still on 0 points by 5pm on Saturday. And for the record, I can't stand DA. The only consistently OK player was Wood. Grant couldn't do anything about the goals. The other 9 outfield players were all poor and lacking in imagination. Simek made a rare mistake to gift a goal. Whelan was quiet (he'll leave in January, guaranteed. Showing the same signs as Chris Cunt). When the players you usually depend on start to falter, you need to start worrying. First time I'd seen Sodje. Useless. Well out of his depth. Made a few flicks ons. To nobody. Jeffers, lazy. May as well have been sat next to me in the stands. You aint playing for Arsenal any more pal! You're not gonna get the service you're used to!! Leon Clarke is a far better striker than both. He is playing brilliantly at Southend. Check the two assists and cracking goal against Gillingham. . Why didn't Deon and Marcus start? A proven combination. Why did Folly not even make the bench?? Lunt was useless as always. Decent free kick though. Great save, very unlucky. Unfortunately I have already purchased my ticket for the Hull game. Can't wait!
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19/09/2007 23:04:00

WHELAN thing mate we beg to differ. but it seems me you and 18000 fans can see the same thing but breaking the LAWS couldn't. why did we take 2 forwards off and replace them with 2 more for christ(dave allens son) sake we were 2-0 at home to a team who were nearly as bad as we were.
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19/09/2007 23:13:00

its a joke init, i could manage the team better than him, he gets paid thousands of pounds to pick that team n the formation n he makes a pathetic change when 18,000 fans new what we needed, my god it annoys me
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19/09/2007 23:29:00

n btw did watson go off coz he was injured???? coz if not the WHAT THE ABSOLOUTE ***** DID HE BRING HINDS ON FOR
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19/09/2007 23:31:00

And now he is saying we car'nt play good football with the players we have got So we are going to av to play scrappy long ball stuff. well surely he knew that b4 the season started and he as fetched most of them in. grant/burch/watson /hinds /sodje/jeffers/ejasas/johnson. he sounds like he is losing the plot. cum on breaking the Law get out of your comfort zone and tell these players sheffield wednesday will be here a long time after they are (pinching money). SORT IT OUT NOW BRIAN .B4 YOUR JOBS GONE.
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20/09/2007 11:37:00


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