Date: 25th October 2011 at 10:28pm
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TEN-MAN Wednesday saw their recent good run of results come to an end at Brunton Park on Tuesday night as Carlisle United came out on top 3-2 in npower League One.

The Owls had led through former Carlisle man Ben Marshall in the first half, but three strikes in 14 second-half minutes put the hosts in control. Rob Jones pulled a goal back to make it a tense finish, but further salt was rubbed into Wednesday wounds when former United striker Gary Madine saw red for a second bookable offence.

The Owls went into the game knowing victory and results going in their favour elsewhere could see them top of the table come 9.30pm, and manager Gary Megson made just one forced change to his starting eleven, with Julian Bennett coming in at left-back for the suspended Reda Johndon.

Greg Abbott’s men were keen to bounce back following their 4-0 thrashing at leaders Charlton at the weekend and they made a bright start, forcing an early effort on goal when Lee Miller headed wide from a James Berrett cross.

But, despite both sides being in the goals recently, both for and against, chances were few and far between for long spells of the first-half, even though the game had a pretty lively feel to it. It was in the midfield where the game was being played and neither side could carve out and real good chances to break the deadlock.

That was until just after the half-hour mark when Wednesday took the lead.

James O’Connor and Chris O’Grady linked well to put former United loanee Marshall in on the right, and his tricky feet saw him bypass two markers before slotting a low effort into the corner to give the visitors the lead in style.

The hosts did hit back with a couple of half chances but the Owls will have been left kicking themselves that they didn’t take a better advantage into the interval.

As Wednesday went forward just before the break they saw two efforts cleared off the line, from Chris Lines and Jose Semedo, before O’Grady saw an effort tipped over the bar by Carlisle stopper Adam Collin as United escaped conceding another goal.

Half-Time: Carlisle 0-1 Wednesday

It was a result that, at the interval, suited Wednesday down to the ground – the Owls had enjoyed the same result with Megson in charge last season.

But those glorious chances to extend their lead were to come back and haunt them as the hosts looked for a leveller.

It came five minutes after the restart and although Stephen Bywater, the Owls’ stopper, saved Danny Livesey’s effort Miller was well-positioned to steer home the rebound and get his side back on level terms.

Madine did have the chance to regain Wednesday’s advantage against his former side but saw his volley brilliantly saved but defensively, the Owls were hit hard following the equaliser.

The game turned on its head just minutes later when Rory Loy turned well just inside the box before launching a powerful effort which gave Bywater little chance to save to see Carlisle ahead.

Megson, clearly alarmed by the turnaround, introduced Jermaine Johnson and Ryan Lowe, in place of O’Connor and O’Grady to try and get his men to salvage something from the long trip to Cumbria.

But it didn’t work, with United extending their lead and having one hold on the three points with their third goal of the night. Wednesday were all over the place and Liam Noble was the man to make it 3-1 and give the visitors a mountain to climb.

Things got worse when Madine saw red for second bookable offence late in the game, although skipper Rob Jones did pull a goal back to make it a tense finish at Brunton Park.

Lowe could have snatched a point for the Owls but his shot went agonisingly wide and Wednesday were left with a long trip back to Hillsborough with nothing to show for their efforts.

Full-Time: Carlisle 3-2 Wednesday

Carlisle: Collin, McGovern, Livesey, Murphy, Loy, Taiwo, Miller, Noble, Berrett, Tavernier, Michalik. Unused substitutes: Zoko, Curran, Helan, Gillespie, O’Halloran.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett, O’Connor (J Johnson 61), Semedo, Lines, Marshall, Madine, O’Grady (Lowe 61). Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Palmer, Prutton.


10 Replies to “Carlisle United 3-2 Wednesday”

  • Oh Dear! Not too worry too much though, lets put it right on Saturday and hope we don’t have too many ‘blips’ along the way for the rest of the season. Thought Madine would make an impression tonight but didn’t think it would be for the way he did!! Hopefully he comes back after his ban refreshed and firing again and that whilst he is out Lowe and O’Grady can find the net. UTO WTID!

  • One more thing…. Really cant understand why he keeps playing O’Connor tho? For all his hard work and effort he just dont have the quality we need in the middkle and he certainly aint a winger! surely Prutton, Palmer or even JJ should be getting the nod ahead of him?

  • Couldn’t agree more. We are the first club to show positive discrimination toward Ginger’s and it’s really not working in J’OC’s case. He is easily our worst midfielder. I respect him for taking a pay cut and putting in effort but really he only looks like he’s running around all the time because he is a yard off the pace in the first place. I don’t know what manager’s continue to see him, we were a different team after he went off on saturday and last sunday we improved too, so why does he keep starting?

  • Conceding three was bad enough but we seemed to lose our discipline second half and that was worse in my book. Does that mean Madine is out for two games now? We’ll miss him I think. More forced changes for Saturday but that’s probably not such a bad thing after a defeat. Time to reshuffle the pack and start again (without JO’C?).

  • Just a one match ban according to Radio Pig, and he remains on 4 yellows so when he comes back theres still a chance of another suspension if he picks up a booking….. Missed Reda tonight and agree with above comments on JOC. It’s not a total disaster though. Still in third spot!! WTID UTO

  • Not a total disaster, agreed. If Reda hadn’t been yellow carded for slipping on saturday he would have played! We have been unlucky but we are still in a good position and I think this team can and will continue to improve.

  • Things have definitely changed because it used to be all doom and gloom after any game we lost. We’re a good team but we cant win ’em all. Nice to see that we all seem to be pulling in the right direction and showing real support.

  • Agreed, we can?t win them all. Before these 2 games I would have been happy with 2 or 3 points, just means we need to win now against Wycombe. Lucky Huddersfield drew as well, as we don?t want the top 2 moving too far ahead. Again Marshall??, we are going to have problems in the 2nd half of the season if we don?t keep onto him.

  • few yellow cards for dissent? was the referee abit biased? sounds like some of the players were getting frustrated

  • wrighty-swfc, yes the ref was biased, evry goal kick down the field from bywater that Madine challenged for he got shoved in the back and it was 72mins before the ref gave a free kick, however every time a Carlisle player fell over he gave a free kick. The ref was a pratt, first challenge in match he gave a yellow card and set his stall out. Fans around me were getting wound up and looked at his stats in programme, think he’d reff’ed 9 games this year 32 yellows and 3 reds that was before last night. Hey ho 3 points Sat and start another run. WTID

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