Date: 14th August 2010 at 5:35pm
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Wednesday kicked-off their League One away days with a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Colchester United thanks to a late Neil Mellor leveller.

Andy Bond had given the hosts the lead in spectacular fashion in a game where Wednesday had played pretty well, but Mellor carved out a superb leveller to get his first goal in a Wednesday shirt.

The trip to the roll-of-the-tongue Weston Homes Community Stadium was going to be one of Wednesday’s tougher away days in this division, and they came away showing their battling qualities to bag a share of the spoils.

The Owls carved out some quality chances which could have even seen them take all three points from the match, but Clinton Morrison was guilty of missing a couple in the first-half.

Boss Alan Irvine reverted back to the same starting eleven that beat Dag & Red on the opening day of the season following Tuesday night’s experimental line-up for the midweek League Cup tie.

Jon Otsemobor was replaced by Lewis Buxton at right-back while James O’Connor, Chris Sedgwick and Giles Coke returned to the Owls’ midfield in place of Darren Potter, Daniel Jones and Liam Palmer respectively.

Clinton Morrison and Marcus Tudgay returned to the attack, replacing Mellor and Paul Heffernan, who both dropped to the bench.

It was the Owls’ first time at Colchester’s new stadium and they started in good fashion, taking the game to their hosts and putting them on the back foot early on.

It was a positive start from the visitors and Gary Teale looked threatening, firing an effort of his own just wide before producing a superb cross which just missed the head of the on-rushing O’Connor.

The Owls looked comfortable in the opening ten minutes and dealt with all that the hosts had to throw at them, although the windy conditions did mean there was little in the way on flowing football from either side.

Colchester started to find their way back into the game but just as they did Wednesday carved out the best chance of the game just after the half hour mark.

Some good link-up play by the Owls’ front two saw Tudgay’s flicked-on header find Morrison in a great position but he somehow lashed an effort from six-yards out over the woodwork when it would have been easier to score.

Wednesday were creating the best of the chances, mainly through the creativity of Teale, and Morrison had another good chance to fire the Owls ahead from a dangerous Teale cross but his failed to find the back of the net.

The travelling Wednesdayites were in good numbers, and voice, in the away end and Wednesday were responding to their support, being unlucky to go into half-time without the lead.

Half-Time: Colchester 0-0 Wednesday

Wednesday needed to continue their momentum into the second-half but instead they allowed Colchester back into the contest.

The U’s came out with a more attacking approach and looked to cause Nicky Weaver problems in the opening exchanges following the half-time team-talk.

And their high-tempo approach to the second 45 minutes paid off as they fired their way ahead five minutes after the restart.

It did come slightly out of the blue, though, and it came in spectacular fashion from the boot of Bond.

He unleashed an unstoppable effort which gave Owls’ stopper Nicky Weaver no chance to fire Colchester into a 1-0 lead.

It provided Wednesday with their first real test of their League One campaign but their performance up until the opener could give Irvine and the travelling Wednesdayites plenty of hope for a leveller.

The goal had lifted Colchester and saw them go gung-ho for the second goal.

Mooney looked especially dangerous and twice came close when he fizzed an effort wide before firing an effort which came back off the post not long after.

Wednesday were hanging in their though and refused to throw in the towel, with Irvine bringing Mellor on to replace Teale and tinkering with the attacking line in a bid to have more joy in front of goal.

And it almost paid off as Tudgay got free of two markers inside the box but saw his effort pretty comfortably saved by Colchester stopper Mark Cousins.

It was positive from Wednesday though, and the visitors upped the gear as the minutes ticked along to try and find a way back into the game.

Irvine threw Daniel Jones on in place of Tommy Spurr and it didn’t take long for Wednesday to level the scores.

Mellor carved out a chance of his own inside the box after picking up the ball from a Mark Beevers header, holding off his markers and drilling a low shot home from close-range for his first goal as an Owl.

It sent the travelling Owls barmy and gave the visitors a sense that they could not only grab a point from the game, but steal all three from their hosts in the last five minutes.

But despite pushing forward, the winner never came and Wednesday had to make do with a share of the spoils.

Full-Time: Colchester 1-1 Wednesday

Colchester United: Cousins, Okuonghae, Reid, Izzet, Bond, Henderson (Vincent 80), Perkins, Mooney (Odejayi ), Wilson, Wordsworth, Tierney. Unused substitutes: Pentney, Baldwin, Hackney, White, James.

Wednesday: Weaver, Buxton, Purse (Jones 82), Beevers, Spurr, Sedgwick, O’Connor (Potter 67), Coke, Teale (Mellor 59), Morrison, Tudgay. Unused substitutes: O’Donnell, Otsemobor, Palmer, Heffernan.


17 Replies to “Colchester 1-1 Wednesday”

  • Great result, not many teams will go to Colchester and get a much better outcome. Nice to see different names on the scoresheet as well…….quite a pleasing series of results. By the way I’ve given up on the teamtalk site, it’s pants now we don’t have our own pages. I used to MKOwl but maybe my new name gives my age away, I was at Hillsborough the day we beat Man U 5 4 and Mr W score a hat trick. Come on you owls

  • not too bad i suppose, can’t win them all. i think we should get the morrison/mellor partnership set up now, both better goal scorers then tudgay and much more goal threat about them. tudgay has a good work ethic, decent tackle, decent passer, he’d probably make a better attacking midfielder than a striker.

  • I was at that game Whithams Jockstrap, my first game was the 4-2 centenary win over Fulham way back in 67.

  • In all fairness we should have taken chances in the first half but didn’t, then they score an absolute gem of a goal from nothing and, perhaps, should have taken the game. Thankfully Mellor showed strength and skill and we’re still undefeated. It’s going to be a long old season.

  • Can’t grumble at a draw away at Colchester. If we win most home games and pick up points away from home we’ll be up there

  • can’t keep off our site now can you…you dirty little league 1 piggies. don’t moan when we come on here when you lot do exactlly the same thing!! ar ar ar administrator administrator ban him ban him….you bunch of soft lads!! UTB…..FTL1O!!

  • Oh yes, we do like to have a look, it makes me smile to read the posts you lot put on there, with all the anger and frustration you lot are posting at the way your club is run you can actually read and imagine the oinking going on like you have just been bent over. UTB up the b-m, oink oink

  • Good old pigforlife, he really can’t resist coming on here can he? Like an annoying little brother, always wanting to see what his bigger brother’s doing!

  • iv had a look at some of BFL’s musing on the piggy site, iv never seen such s**t spoken. curbishley or o’neil for manager? what a ****. what happened to that £25 million for your tevez sulking? it certainly wasnt spent on players, stadium or facilities? dodgy b*stards.

  • What CFL cant get his head around is the only reason we go on his site and post crap is because he does it on here! If you dont want us to post on your site dumbass, dont come on here posting crap and “thinking” you’re annoying people!! It takes more than a little scumbag from the lane to get at Wednesday fans!!

  • According to my old man a Utd fan was on 606 on Saturday and said Utd will never be as big as Wednesday much like Man City will never be as big as Man Utd, finally a Utd fan who lives in the real world and speaks some sense, they’re not all ****heads like BFL after all.

  • PIGFORLIFE how many were at bumhole stains on saturday to welcome back the biggest pig of them all and the drugmeister.

  • good point, great away day, hope you all saw me on tv, first to neil mellor, beat all the players to him haha up the owls!!!

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