Date:Wednesday September 19 2007
18/09/07 - 19:45
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.
Date:Wednesday September 19 2007
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