Date: 24th February 2014 at 10:50pm
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Charlton Athletic acted as party poopers as a 2-1 victory over Wednesday ended any hopes of a Steel City derby clash in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Goals from Callum Harriot and Simon Church were enough to see the Addicks through to the last-eight and a date at Bramall Lane. Leon Best had the Owls on level terms but it was not Wednesday’s night at Hillsborough.

Owls boss Stuart Gray made a number of changes to the side that defeated Huddersfield Town 2-0 at the weekend, with Damian Martinez coming in for Chris Kirkland in goal, while Benik Afobe and Leon Best started up front and Glenn Loovens came into the defence.

Both sides came into the game on the back of weekend wins, with Charlton beating QPR with a last-minute winner, but it was the visitors who made the brighter start as Wednesday looked nervous early on.

Astrit Ajdarevic had a couple of good chances for the Londoners when his first attempt was blocked by Miguel Llera and his second went trickling wide of the post to the relief of those behind the goal in the Kop.

Charlton didn’t have to wait long to get their just rewards, however, as Elliott struck a neat finish beyond Martinez to gov the visitors the lead and silence the near-25,000 crowd at S6.

It took Wednesday time to settle down but when they did they were limited to long-range strikes before half-time. Gary Gardner struck one powerful effort just wide which lifted the home support and then Best took a long ball down well and powered a shot into the arms of Ben Hamer.

Wednesday needed a better start to the second half and they got one as Jacques Maghoma and Giles Coke threatened the Charlton goal and that start was rewarded ten minutes in when Best struck his first goal since returning on-loan to level things up.

Gray introduced Atdhe Nuhiu and Caolan Lavery as the hosts looked to build on their goal but instead it was Charlton who regained the lead soon after somewhat against the run of play.

A foul by Miguel Llera on Church gave Johnnie Jackson the chance to whip in a free-kick and Church was there to prod home what turned out to be the winner.

The Owls kept plugging away and Nuhiu was unfortunate to see an effort from a Chris Maguire cross come back off the post and into the arms of a relieved Hamer.

It wasn’t Wednesday’s day and two minutes from time Coke’s goal bound shot struck the back of Best and went straight into the arms of Hamer.

The Owls’ cup dream was over and instead of visiting Bramall Lane in the last eight, they’ll now be visiting Yeovil in the Championship.

Wednesday: Martinez, Palmer, Loovens, Llera, Mattock, Maghoma, Coke, Gardner (Nuhiu 58), Maguire (Lavery 58), Afobe (Helan 74), Best.

Charlton: Hamer, Jackson, Morrison, Church (Ghoochanneejhad 85), Harriott, Wood (Dervite 90), Wilson, Cousins, Fox, Poyet, Ajdarevic (Hughes 90).


9 Replies to “FA Cup: Wednesday 1-2 Charlton”

  • Not trying to be wise after the event here, but given the players available for selection last night then perhaps I was expecting too much too quickly. Stu’s done a brilliant job over a relatively short period and I’m sure the improvements will continue but loanees aside our starting XI consisted of only three players with a decent number of Wednesday appearances to their names (Llera, Coke & Palmer) and I’m not too sure they’d be first choice if everyone else was fit. Then again it was only Charlton and I’d still expect us to beat ’em at home in the league but this isn’t the first time my hopes have been dashed (and it won’t be the last!). Still, with fifteen games remaining there’s a lot to play for. Perhaps MM will provide the close season backing to enable us all to view next season with greater optimism and then we can all look back on this and laugh. Besides, it seems kinder on us to lose last night to a cheating ‘elbow-of-God’ moment than to, say, force a replay extra-time penalties or whatever and then lose at the sty thanks to some outrageous refereeing decision!

  • Oh dear oh dear. And here were we looking forward to welcoming you down out of the hills to a modern city centre stadium, to play in front of a big crowd, and you go and blow it, shame. Still, it could be worse, losing at Beautiful downtown Bramall Lane to a third tier team would have been humiliating, now wouldn’t it, Raydon

  • To be fair we got what we deserved. Nothing. Our cup run consists of sneaking past 2 lower division sides and then losing at home to a side below us in the league. if we can’t get to the quarters with a draw like that we don’t deserve it. United, on the other hand, have played 5 games – I think 4 have been above them in the league – 2 in the premier league – and have got through despite even having a player sent off early against a premier league side (both prem sides beaten on their own turf as well) Now that’s a proper cup run. With that in mind I think we would have struggled there in the cup. So good luck to United they deserve it. When they found out the draw they had a barnstorming 45 minutes whereas when we found out we bottled it. That said I would substitute the words modern city centre stadium to small, recently painted ugly hole situated in the arse end of Sheffield. Credit where credit is due though.

  • gloucblade, your loss is probably bigger than ours. It would have been your cup final after all. Good luck battling relegation to the bottom tier of English football with your tinpot crowds.

  • A very fair summary, Radon. Respect to you. POB, I think you might have missed the fact (as Radon says) that United have already had numerous cup finals in this cup run, winning at TWO premiership clubs, beating a serious Championship club along the way, so beating the linkers would have been a bit of a come down rather than a cup final.

  • I’m with radon, a more frank and honest assessment I have yet to read. Good luck to the blades I say. Just wish they could play better in league so Sheffield can get its derby back.

  • I realize the idea of close season strengthening can be a bit of a pipedream but once Jones was shown the door Stu managed to turn things around quickly largely by choosing from players he’s familiar with, the ones he’s been busily coaching day in day out: Kirkland, Palmer, Loovens, Llera, Reda, Maguire, Lee, Semedo, Nuhiu & Wickham for starters. Injuries handed opportunities to Mattock, Maghoma, Coke & Lavery and they’ve responded well too. It’s all testimony to his ability to reward effort, encourage teamwork, a better understanding of tactics etc. Team spirit, togetherness, you name it. Gooch has come in and looked useful and this latest influx of loanees have added strength in numbers when yet more injuries, suspensions and a potential fixture pileup were threatening to undo a lot of his good work. However, the point I tried to make earlier was perhaps I’d overestimated our chances of progressing to the next round given the fact we fielded so many ‘strangers’ in all areas of the pitch: Martinez in goal, Coke & Gardner in the middle, Best & Afobe up front. Not much stability there. We started slow and got punished. Hey-ho! It just goes to highlight the problems with ‘loan dependency’, a couple of weeks from now and two or three of the players selected to represent us in such a huge game might well be gone and forgotten. Alternatively Stu might earmark a couple of them for his summer wish list and that’s where MM needs to step in because this current recruitment policy is failing miserably. Forget the hollow promises, it undermines pre-season training when come the end of September a chunk of our starting XI consists of loanees (either oldies, out-of-favouries or those recovering from injury) and then after half a season of struggle by which time enthusiasm is in danger of sinking to an all-time low, the Christmas turnaround then relies on a fresh batch of loanees to see us safely over the finish line :0I Well I’d suggest we now have a manager (coach) who has proved himself capable of bringing the best out of the players at his disposal so let’s break the mould and set him about putting HIS squad together before the first ball is kicked in anger. That means August, Milan. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

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