Date: 9th April 2011 at 5:24pm
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Wednesday failed to upset the League One form book as champions-elect Brighton continued their unbeaten home league run with a convincing victory at a sun-soaked Withdean Stadium.

Chris Wood’s first-half penalty and Elliot Bennett’s second-half strike ensured Albion maximum points to cement their place at the top of the table and leave the Owls with nothing to show for their efforts.

The Seagulls were deserved winners and responded to boss Gus Poyet’s calls to show the Owls just why they’re the division leaders going into the business end of the season.

Gary Megson’s men went into the game in confident mood following back-to-back home successes, and back-to-back wins on their travels.

The Owls boss made three changes to the side that thumped Tranmere Rovers 4-0 in midweek, with Joey O’Brien, Chris Sedgwick and Clinton Morrison all getting the call-up in place of Tommy Miller, Gary Teale and Gary Madine.

In the hot conditions in Brighton neither side settled into their stride in the opening ten minutes as chances came few and far between.

It suited Wednesday, who played to snuff out the Seagulls’ attack and look to hit Gus Poyet’s men on the break. It’s a system that’s worked away from home before under Megson. But Brighton were a different opposition, having won 15 and drawing four of their 19 home league games going into the contest.

It was the hosts who carved out the first chance on goal when Bennett’s cross found Wood in the box but Jon Otsemobor was alert to divert the danger away from goal.

Owls stopper Richard O’Donnell celebrated his first clean sheet in the Wednesday goal against Tranmere in midweek and he was tested when Craig Noone’s header forced him into a save after 15 minutes.

The hosts continued to up their gear as the game wore on but Wednesday did have their own opportunities in front of goal, even if they were a rare occurrence, and Lewis Buxton fired an effort into the arms of Brighton stopper Casper Ankergren.

Megson will have been looking towards the half-time interval, happy that his side were level at the break, but they were dealt a blow when the referee pointed to the spot following Danny Batth’s challenge on Brighton top-scorer Glenn Murray inside the box.

Wood took the spot-kick and drilled his effort beyond O’Donnell to give the hosts a big lift going into half-time, and leave Megson needing to change his half-time team talk.

Half-Time: Brighton 1-0 Wednesday

Wednesday had to change their game plan to get something from the game now they were trailing.

But it was Brighton who almost struck first on the restart, continuing where they left the first 40 minutes as Wood came close to doubling the hosts lead following a good cross from Craig Noone.

Wednesday responded and Batth rose high to power a header just over the woodwork from an O’Brien cross.

Megson made a double change to try and change the flow of the game and get the visitors back into the contest by introducing Madine and Potter for Sedgwick and Jermaine Johnson, who found it hard to have an impact on the game.

And the changes almost worked instantly as Madine powered a header inches wide of Ankergren’s post from an Otsemobor cross.

It gave Wednesday and their travelling fans hope, but all that was lost with a superb second for Poyet’s men.

Bennett launched a 25-yard shot into the back of the net, giving O’Donnell little chance in goal, to all-but seal the victory for the hosts.

The action wasn’t over there as Seagulls captain Gordon Greer was sent off for violent conduct, but it was too late to change the outcome of the contest.

Full-Time: Brighton 2-0 Wednesday


13 Replies to “Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Wednesday”

  • We never learn ,ok we are playing better and look like we want to compete.But why do we keep changing a winning formation?.He should have not tinkered with the side prior this game they were playing well and understanding each other.
    We will always learn the hardway i belive.But unlucky lads at least we can look forward to a Steel City Derby next season up the OWLS.

  • Miller had hamstring problem I think good idea to freshen things up players should realise there is competition. Sure get few more wins before season ends just wish stop giving away stupid pens all time.

  • Sum?s our season up in one sentence. Miller (our so called captain) is out again!!!!!! Who is our captain? Don?t get me wrong, this guy is good when he?s on form, but do we have a proper week in week out captain at this club? ? Not complaining about losing 2-0 to top of the league but no captain, a change of squad from the team that won 2 on the trot, Mellor saying he thinks that going to Brighton ?would be interesting ? Our club seams to be a half way house for some players!! I hope to god that the only interesting thing next season is not the derby for our club!!! UTO as always for this club but Milan is going to be agree this summer.

  • Team was changed : Madine some family issue with his brother.Miller couldnt play something in his contract wouldnt let him.

  • But Madine came on after 60 odd minutes so why not start him. Surely his family issues weren’t during the first hour of the game?! As for the contract thing with Miller, I’ve heard that in a couple of places now and if that’s true it’s disgraceful and Miller must feel let down! We need BIG changes in the summer. The only one safe is Weaver because of his new 2 year contract but the rest must not feel safe – even Megson!

  • no surprises with this result. Think we now have a pretty peaceful run in now. to be honest i had no real issues with a few team changes, think we were always losing this game regardless of which team we put out. can’t wait untill the last home game of the season when we can wave goodbye to half of this riff-raff we have at the moment. Roll on summertime.

  • Purse had in his contract that if he played so many games he would automatically be given a new contract I think. Hence why we got rid so quickly. If Miller has the same then it’s a complete joke. I actually like him. Thank Mr Strafford for stupid contract clauses.

  • I heard on BBC sport that Miller is not injured as rumours say.I heard Miller has a clause in his contract which does not let him play more than 30 games.Can anyone shed any light on this as im lost.
    F**k me is wish my work contract was like this on full pay lol.

  • His contract clearly has something to do with playing so many games and his xontract gets extended, which means the reason Megson didn’t play him is because he doesn’t want him here after the season.

  • Well after that showing will Megson want any of em after this season.Just watched game on wednesday player and it was attack after attack from brighton,looked like we was just there to try n defend their attacks like in a training match.Players not closing down quick enough,stray passes and no heart.Again Hefers left out and Morrisson given a full game why oh why.This as got to be the worst season for being a Wednesdayite,if not its defo up there.Just hope n pray that if Megs is still here and does have cash,that hes spends it wisely and brings in players we are seriously lacking for eg midfielder/s,forward/s.Think its defo time for fresh new blood that want to play for the club and that will giv 100+% every game.

  • Oh and sum decent defenders,yes i know i dont want alot do i.Need a leader on the pitch to show players the way.

  • Lucky it was only 2-0 given that Brighton played us off the park for entire 90mins playing some great football, how it was only 1-0 at half time I’ll never know, a Brighton season ticket holder behind me said Wednesday were the poorest team that’s been to the Withdean all season when at the start of the season they thought we’d be the best, says it all. They also said Madine did more and showed more desire within 5 mins of coming on than Morrison and Mellor did for the whole match and I had to agree. As for Mellor going to Brighton, they neither need or want him and his display will hardly have had Poyet excited. We looked better when coke, potter and Madine were on.

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