Date: 24th March 2012 at 6:27pm
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Reda Johnson’s second-half strike gave Wednesday three points against Leyton Orient in a confident-looking performance that moved the Owls up to second in the table.

With Sheffield United not playing against Chesterfield until next week, it gave Wednesday the chance to move into the automatic promotion spots – and they didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Victory piles the pressure on the Blades as the season enters its ‘business end’ and keeps Dave Jones’s unbeaten start as Wednesday boss going.

Jones made four changes to the side that drew 2-2 against Walsall in midweek, although there were no starting places for new loan signings Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy, who were named as substitutes.

Danny Batth was out injured, meaning Miguel Llera got the nod in defence alongside Rob Jones. Reda Johnson returned from an injury of his own at left-back, while Chris O’Grady replaced Ryan Lowe in attack and Jermaine Johnson came in for Mike Jones.

The scoreline flattered the hosts somewhat and Wednesday started in confident, attacking, fashion – something that continued throughout. Jermaine Johnson was first to threaten when he headed wide from a Chris Lines cross.

Michail Antonio, the Owls’ man of the moment, then twice had O’s goalkeeper Paul Rachubka on alert with a header wide and a shot straight at the stopper as Wednesday continued to ask the questions.

The hosts struggled to carve out many chances in front of goal and Owls stopper Stephen Bywater was a spectator for much of the first half, although with the scores still level Russell Slade’s men were still very much in the contest.

Half-Time: Orient 0-0 Wednesday

The flow of the game continued in a similar manner on the restart, with Wednesday enjoying the bulk of the possession and the chances inf front of goal.

And their dominance told four minutes the restart when Reda Johnson grabbed what turned out to be the decisive goal.

Chris Lines struck a free-kick into the box and the Benin international saw his first effort saved by Rachubka but was alert to prod home at the second time of asking to give Wednesday a deserved lead.

Little changed after that, with Orient looking unlikely to find a leveller, although Wednesday would still have liked a second to make it a comfortable final 20 minutes.

Gary Madine had a good chance to add that second after O’Grady saw his initial effort saved. But the best chance fell to Antonio, who got on the end of a Madine ball but struck his effort wide of goal when he perhaps should have done better.

Jones introduced Ranger and Treacy for their debuts in the final half hour and the former almost made an immediate impact but his shot on the turn went just wide following good work by Jermaine Johnson.

Orient saved their most attacking stint until the end but the Owls held on for victory in relatively comfortable fashion.

Orient: Rachubka, Chorley, Cuthbert, Forbes, Cox, Reed (Porter 67), Lisbie, McSweeney, Smith, Leacock (Laird 79), Campbell-Ryce (Andrew 87). Unused substitutes: Ben Youssef, Mooney.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, R Jones, Llera, R Johnson, Semedo, Lines, Antonio, J Johnson (Treacy 79), Madine (Lowe 87), O’Grady (Ranger 61). Unused substitutes: Jameson, Beevers.


16 Replies to “Leyton Orient 0-1 Wednesday”

  • brinsworthowl, it sure went quiet after the Walsall game and I thought maybe folks were holding their breath in the hope DJ’s bubble hadn’t burst. Not that it might do at anytime or anything but it’s a bummer to drop points at home, especially against lowly opposition and more especially now, when every single point is so precious. The 2-2 draw was like Hartlepool all over again except for our last gasp equalizer, it was a game we might have lost and what of the bubble then? To follow that with a ‘tricky’ visit to the scene of one of our worst results of last season, to face a side with a lousy home record who are scrapping away on the edge of a relegation scrap? We either win or else stand on that proverbial rake (again!). Well we won (phew!) but the fact we won by a single goal despite creating so many chances might be a cause for concern as we were again left vulnerable to an injury time fluke. But I’m gonna spin positive here because I reckon DJ has done well since last Tuesday. No surprise he kept faith with the same XI after three wins but we’ll need the full squad to gain promotion. I felt sorry for CO’G, a month ago he’d have been a contender for having a statue built outside the ground. He went from scoring the winner vs. The Pigs to a ten minute cameo appearance as a sub. Then we bring a young PL hopeful in on loan. No wonder rumours had him moving on to Barnsley. Then we had Reda and JJ coming back from injury, along with another winger in on loan. Cue rumours that Antonio was about to be recalled. Team spirit is vital, especially now. The last thing we need is a bunch of players who feel as though they’re having their noses pushed out or aren’t being given a fair crack. In this regard, I reckon moving Clinton out was an absolute master stroke (my opinion, folks). Remember the run we went on when he was banging ’em in for MK? Quite. That’s the kind of form we need to find between now and the end of the season. DJ has a strong squad and it’s just got stronger. He can select a strong starting XI and he can choose from a strong bench. Every position is covered and hopefully we’ll continue to see a more effective use of the ball without resorting to tippy-tappy along the halfway line. Every game is winnable but the next two are vitally important. Preston, lunchtime kick-off in front of TV cameras. Please, let’s make an impression this time, huh? 3 points and a chance to put the wind up our rivals. Then Huddersfield. We go into that one with our tails up and it’s ours for the taking. We kept another clean sheet yesterday, that’s four in seven. We’re generally tighter at the back and they aren’t scoring too many at home. A bit of muscle, a bit of guile and Fanny’s your Aunty. Up The Owls!

  • I think it’s not Megson, it’s the focking annoying videos that start playing left and right.

  • Theres 21 points up for grabs. Weve got 17 out of the last 21 – if we do that again we will be up and may even finish top. UTO

  • We need to give someone a good spanking to address the goal difference which is worth a point, be galling to miss out on automatic promotion on GD but if we keep this form up it won’t be an issue.

  • Really chuffed for John Sheridan yesterday. Be even more chuffed if his side win again on Wednesday night!

  • if they can hold them to a draw I’ll be happy but if Wednesday can win every game between now and the end of the season I couldn’t give a to55 what anybody else does!!!

  • Regarding the pop up advertisments that launch everytime you refresh the page… I only wish I could install add blocker as I come on here at work and I can’t install the Adblock app and the thing really annoys me.

  • Getting back to what is important I for one am really glad to see Reda back in the team. I read the article on the Star website regarding Gordon and how he feels like his chance at Wednesday is on the track again being that Jones wants the team to play football and he’s a much better footballer than others in the squad. (I read this as a direct punt at Reda) Well Mr Bennett I totally agree you on the ball is a better prospect than Reda… BUT (and it’s a big but) Reda is the better defender and if Jones is going to play an all-out offensive winger infront of you then we are going to get punished when the team we are playing send everything down their right. Gordon if MJ plays then you have some cover but if he doesn’t and we go for the front foot charging winger that is often going to be out of position you aren’t good enough to defend what comes your way. TCIO WTID

  • I read that article too and was left thinking Bennett clearly suffers from CMS. Clinton Morrison Syndrome (you can all make up your own symptoms but they’ll need to sound an awful lot better than they actually are!) I thought we had a player there at the start of the season, especially when he bagged a couple of goals but Meggo (bless him) spotted his failings early on. Enough to successfully convert that ‘square peg’ that is Reda Johnson. As I tried to suggest above, I reckon DJ’s recent raft of changes had as much to do with team spirit as anything else but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s slowly coming round to GM’s way of thinking (regarding certain individuals, not style!). CO’G has never been prolific but he brings more to the side over 90 minutes than he’s often given credit for. Similarly, perhaps DJ also thinks M. Jones is a shade off the pace or maybe he needed an excuse to check JJ out for himself. We’ll see, but I can imagine Treacy getting a game real soon. Anyway, I’ve already proved how useless I am at predicting team selection. I suppose I’m just trying to keep the forum ticking over until the next earth-shattering revelation!

  • Read the article on the Star website this morning regarding Jones and the dilemma that faces him in selection of his center half combination for Preston. Just to see if I can get a reaction (see if I can whack the hornet nest and get away with it???)Personally I’d drop the Captain… Yes there you go I said it!! Rob is great bloke but for me Llera is the better player. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it until Dave and Milan completely ignore me but the first thing for the summer whether we go up or not is to sign Batth for keeps. For me it’s Batth and Llera all the way. Semedo for Captain going forward… In regards to Mike Jones I think he’s getting better every chance he gets but his style isn’t direct which when you compare him to players like Antonio makes it look like he’s not contributing as much. I think Dave see’s CO’G as what he should have been played as all along which is a true hold up solo front man… I would love to see us try playing him up front on his own with JJ, Antonio and Treacy on the pitch told to push forward

  • Seemingly brinsworthowl was right, all the hornets have cleared off. I thought your proposal to swap Rob Jones for Llera and sign Batth full time wasn’t anywhere near as controversial as playing CO’G up front on his own and surrounded by wingers, but no-one came out to sting you so maybe it’s a good call :0)

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