Date: 22nd February 2011 at 9:41pm
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Wednesday stopped the rot with a well-earned 0-0 stalemate at promotion-chasing Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

The Owls showed a vast improvement in their recent performances and edged the game with the better chances, but were also let off the hook as Michael Symes missed a second-half penalty.

The game looked a mis-match before, with Bournemouth sitting second and having the best home record in the league, while Wednesday arrived at Dean Court in woeful form, especially on their travels.

But a stubborn Wednesday gave boss Gary Megson plenty to build on as they kept their first clean sheet in npower League One since November.

Megson made six changes to the side that fell to a 3-0 defeat in the FA Cup at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Richard Hinds and Mark Beevers, both introduced as substitutes at St Andrews, replaced Mark Reynolds and Michael Morrison, who were excluded from the squad altogether, in the starting eleven.

Gary Madine returned to the Owls attack as the sole frontman after he was cup-tied at the weekend, while Chris Sedgwick, Liam Palmer and Tommy Miller were all give starting roles as the visitors lined-up with a 4-5-1 approach.

Miller also took the captain’s armband for Wednesday on his return to the first team.

It was clear from the line-up that Wednesday went to Dean Court looking for an improved defence and looking for a more stubborn and solid performance to that against Birmingham.

And they started well, with Isaiah Osbourne having the first real chance on goal but he saw his shot saved by Shwan Jalal, the former Owls goalkeeper now between the sticks at Dean Court.

Wednesday were keeping Bournemouth, so successful at home so far this season, relatively quiet at the other end before carving out another good chance, this time Reda Johnson seeing a stabbed effort deflected wide for a corner.

The Owls were more than holding their own as the first half approached its halfway stage and the hosts were being kept quiet.

But the chances were few and very far between until half-time, with Bournemouth getting more into the game but unable to break through a stubborn and much-improved Wednesday defence.

Half-Time: Bournemouth 1-1 Wednesday

The Owls came flying out of the traps at the start of the second half and Palmer almost broke the deadlock seconds after the restart when he went surging forward before seeing his effort well saved by Jalal.

Wednesday continued their good, solid start to the second period but they were given a big let-off ten minutes after the restart.

Reda Johnson, praised by his boss going into the came, fouled Michael Symes inside the box and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot.

It was Symes who picked himself up to take the penalty but drove it wide of Nicky Weaver’s goal to give Wednesday a get-out-of-jail-free card and get the score goalless.

Wednesday hit back and Miller drilled a low shot towards goal and Jalal got a good hand to divert the shot away from danger.

The game opened up more as the second half wore on and it was the Cherries’ turn to carve out the next chance when a well-worked corner kick saw Shaun Cooper hit an effort which came back off the inside of the post and the Owls cleared the danger.

The Owls were far from hanging on though and the chances swung to the other end when Sedgwick neatly headed the ball beyind his marker before unleashing an effort which Jalal did to save.

Wednesday brought a bit of experience and fresh legs into the midfield with James O’Connor coming on for Palmer, who impressed again in the blue and white stripes.

The Owls’ good performance was perhaps summed up by the fact that Cherries stopper Jalal took the man of the match award for the hosts.

Full-Time: Bournemouth 0-0 Wednesday


17 Replies to “Bournemouth 0-0 Wednesday”

  • Back to laws defenders, January was worthwhile then!!! Still nice to have a clean sheet at last, and against a high flying side. UTO

  • 1-1 ha ha the defence got even better and managed to get it back to a clean sheet. Interesting. Good point this and looks like we had bit more steel bite. Glad palmer played and hinds. Shows how useless Irvine is bringing all those new defenders in 2 them not even in squad. Doubt either have a future here. Tommy miller much better choice captain as well.

  • good result lets hope we can build from it and get some consistently GOOD results. does anyone know how many fans we took down?

  • Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson has launched a shock bid to sign West Ham misfits Benni McCarthy and Herita Ilunga.

    Megson is in talks with the Hammers over a surprise deal to take the pair to his League One strugglers on loan.

    McCarthy, 33, will be allowed to leave the Boleyn Ground and West Ham are prepared to pay a whopping 80% of his £60,000-a-week salary.

    The South Africa striker has struggled with his weight this season and has not started a game since West Ham’s Carling Cup win over Stoke in October.

    Ilunga, 28, has also been frozen out by Avram Grant and the Congo defender will be offered a chance to revive his career at Hillsborough.

    “We are trying to get both players in and the two clubs have been in dialogue for a few days,” said Megson, who has seen Wednesday take just one point and score one goal from four games since he replaced Alan Irvine.

    “We are obviously facing a battle to convince them to drop down two divisions but we are asking the questions.”

    Wednesday have not won in the league for two months, slipping from the thick of the promotion battle to the fringes of the relegation picture.

    Former West Ham chief executive Paul Aldridge, who is now vice-chairman at Hillsborough, is working with Owls chief Milan Mandaric to complete the deals this week.

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  • If its in the Mirror it must be true!! WFL, according to OS we took around 800 there, a customer of mine is a big Bournemouth fan and has commented in previous years how great the Wednesday fans are but of course I know that already!! Sounds like a much improved performance, can’t remember the last clean sheet we had (away at Bristol City in cup??).

  • We seem to be giving alot of penalies away lately and hopefully with them missing theirs yesterday that lady luck may be at last shining on us.U.T.O

  • 0-0 perfect Megson score, he will at least be happy. I wish you guys well. I am fairly sure you will stay up in spite of GM. By the end of the season he will have in his own eyes, save you from oblivion recorded the best set of results in 40 years and probably re-paited the outside of the Ground.

  • Owls, chill out. We are idiots or I am an idiot? Wait till you have had two years of this muppet and his mind boggling defensive tactics and then have a pop. This bloke managed to depress an entire town with his tactics and his constant self promotion, his belief that we did not know how good the football was under him we had no idea about how football should be played. He has one talent and that is to spot a player, as a Manager he is scared of his own shadow so he sets everything up super defensive. Good luck, I hope he has changed I hope he realises to win games you have to be in the oppositions half of the pitch I hope he has moved on, but he still seems to want to have a pop at us so I doubt it. be lucky..

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