Date: 8th November 2010 at 1:01pm
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Wednesday may not have been majestic in their 5-2 FA Cup 1st round victory over Southport yesterday – but they didn’t have to be.

There’s no point getting carried away with the emphatic victory against the Blue Square Premier side – no disrespect meant to Southport – and there’s also little criticism that can go Wednesday’s way on a day where it was ‘job done’ by the seaside.

The standard was poor, the defence for a number of the goals wasn’t up to scratch, but the Owls came away unscathed in a game which could have very easily been a famous cup shock.

Two defeats on the spin for the Owls, and heaps of criticism going the way of the Wednesday boss before the clash at Haig Avenue, made for a nervous Sunday lunchtime for most Owls fans.

It could have ended in an embarrassing defeat live on ITV 1, Southport could have taken us to a replay at Hillsborough.

It happened two years ago when Leeds United were knocked out of the prestigious competition by Histon – and the same thought was on many Wednesdayites’ minds on Sunday.

But, despite a couple of scares along the way, Wednesday put in a pretty professional performance and enjoyed five goals to boot – something which will surely help the confidence, no matter who the standard of opposition was.

A comprehensive win and a home draw in the second round against League 2 Northamtpon Town – it was a pretty good day at the office for Wednesday, and one that they’ll be hoping to continue into their next few matches at least.