Date: 7th October 2012 at 6:03pm
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Aaron McLean’s 77th-minute strike was enough to give Hull City all three points at Hillsborough on Saturday and send Wednesday into the international break with no win in eight matches.

The former Peterborough United man came on as a second-half substitute and found the back of the net two minutes after his introduction to settle a match that seemed to be heading for a stalemate for the most part.

Defeat leaves Dave Jones and his men without a win since August and in the bottom three of the Championship table.

Both sides were out to put an end to poor runs of form, albeit Hull’s not being as desperate, and the Owls were keen to build on a point in a 3-3 thriller at Burnley last time out.

Michail Antonio bagged a late equaliser in that game at Turf Moor and Wednesday continued that momentum into the visit of Steve Bruce’s side as they made a promising start.

Sone Aluko’s effort aside, the hosts looked the brighter of the two teams early on and Chris O’Grady, looking to continue the form that saw him score two goals in his last outing, fired Wednesday’s first effort on goal.

It was carved out by Antonio, and the Owls’ wing wizard had a chance of his own shortly after when he sent a low long-range drive just wide.

Wednesday went even closer just after the 20 minute mark when the recalled Miguel Llera saw his effort cleared off the line by City’s Ahmed Elmohamady although the hosts did claim the effort was over the line, only for the referee to wave away their protests.

The Tigers were far from out of the contest, however, and finished the stronger of the two teams as half-time approached.

Paul McKenna flashed a dangerous effort just wide as the referee called time on the first 45 minutes.

The visitors started the second half as they’d finished the first – on top. Midfielder Stephen Quinn, on the receiving end of some stick from the home faithful thanks to his Sheffield United ties, was in the thick of the action and almost gifted Jay Simpson with the opener.

Bruce’s men were upping their gear and sensing a goal, while Wednesday were looking nervous at the back as they attempted a first clean sheet of the season.

The best chance of the game went to Aluko, who found himself through on goal and with a golden opportunity to fire his side 1-0 up but he sent his effort wide.

It was a let-off for Wednesday, but they weren’t to get a second one as McLean was introduced to the action and promptly fired his side ahead.

Wednesday desperately looked for a leveller and introduced Gary Madine and Jermaine Johnson and the latter caused City all kinds of problems at the back while also hitting a powerful low shot that was well saved.

Time ran out on the Owls’ efforts, however, and Wednesday were forced to experience another defeat.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Mattock, Antonio, Semedo, McCabe (Mayor 86), Barkley, Bothroyd (J Johnson 72), O`Grady (Madine 65). Substitutes: Bywater, Jones, Taylor, Rodri.

Hull: Amos, Rosenior, Dawson, McKenna, Simpson (McLean 75), McShane, Olofinjana, Faye, Aluko (Prosschwitz 85), Elmohamady, Quinn. Substitutes: Oxley, Evans, Cooper, Townsend.


13 Replies to “Report: Wednesday 0-1 Hull City”

  • Yet another huge disappointment. What with Buxton’s return and Llera recalled in place of Taylor, I thought our prospects looked good. We even kept a clean sheet till half time! But we came out after the break and would clearly have settled for a draw. Big mistake. Hull were decidedly average but we showed them too much respect and waited until they scored before showing a bit of urgency. It seems we can rely on key decisions going against us at the moment too, but that’s no excuse.

  • Well DJ has at least the international break to sort this mess out, no doubt the dressing room is split, no players or staff are coming out and defending jones. Hes made a right mess of things and id love to see him go, and mick mcarthy come but this break could be a good thing. if we dont have a good result against leeds he should be gone. GM was sacked for less and id rather get rid of jones now rather than after january when were in a relegation battle. were a good win out of the zone now and a loss against leeds and results not going are way could see adrift. games come fast around in this league and its the strongest ive seen this league. times to act now rather than too late

  • This reminds me of Brian Laws’ last few weeks in charge. Lousy results, signs of unrest on and off the pitch, a big dark cloud slowly descending around the place and everyone waiting for a decision at boardroom level. End product? Alan Irvine and an ever-widening trap door. It’s only when folks start discussing the names of potential replacements that I start to realize things aren’t that bad yet. The ONLY manager capable of stepping in and making an immediate impact (in my humble opinion) is Gary Megson and it’ll NEVER happen while ever MM has breath in his body. And right now, there’s nothing that disappoints me more than that. To sack DJ and bring in anyone else would be like starting all over again and that’d be a massive gamble in our current situation. What would happen? A fire sale during the January transfer window, a handful of low-budget replacements (courtesy of PA) and hope for the best? And with all these managers on ‘gardening leave’ MM could cut his losses by starting up his own landscape business. No, DJ needs to pull his finger out on the training pitch and get everyone back and pulling in the same direction. If he’s struggling to get his message across then maybe he ought to think about hiring a couple more coaches to help him out. That has to be a cheaper option anyway. And if I were him, I’d send Barkley back to Everton sharpish and give Bywater a run in the side whether he decides to persevere with Bothroyd or not.

  • 100% OM he could do worse than bring in Peter Shirtcliffe to coach on our defensive shambles. He is a free agent I beleive . Since the departure of Terry Burton things have not been too clever to say the least on the defensive disciplines. Promoting Paul Wilkinson was not the answer leave him to deal with the strikers there’s enough work there at the moment for him. I am on record here as a supporter of DJ yes I am as frustrated as every other Owl but I still beleive he needs our support and we will flourish don’t forget the aim this year was a mid table fininsh anything else would be a MASSIVE bonus we can and will still acheive this. Before anyone mentions Harry Redknapp which was a hot topic for debate in the Tap Room this weekend I urge you all to Get Real. Harry is a premiership manager and a Southern Manager and he will be the next QPR manager in my opinion so there is no better man for the job than we have currently. I will be the first to hold my hands up and say I got it wrong but DJ will get us there it is a massive transition with signings and once it clicks we will be a force to be respected and fear again

  • Peter Shirtliff, what a good shout!! Product of the Tony Toms fitness regime plus the coaching expertise of Sgt Wilko and ‘Bigs’ Jack & Ron. And he’s Wednesday through and through! I’d hope DJ’s ego would allow additional input from outside his ‘chosen circle of mates’, but who knows. He seems to have mellowed of late when it comes to dishing out personal criticism so maybe lessons have been learned. Peter Shirtliff. Yes please, YES! Someone give DJ this bona fide legend’s mobile phone number straight away.

  • Totally agree with above comments. Call me old-fashioned but any team that plays one up front deseves to lose, especially at home. Definately need to get rid of Barkley and Bothroyd. How DJ can say JB had a good game last Saturday is beond me and listening to him on Praise or Grumble he sounded like a man who has lost the plot. However he must have seen the light with the inclusion of Big Mig insted of Clone of Purse but we still look iffy at the back. May be something to do with not having Bywaters big gob shouting at them. We also need someone who can take corners and actually beat the first man. The team needs to be settled and not chopped & changed almost every game and knowing MM’s past doctrine, if things don’t improve over the next month, I can see DJ joining the ranks of the unemployed.

  • if hes lost the dressing room what chance has he got? no chance. i reckon anything less than a win against leeds and hes gone.

  • OWL 25 how do you know he has lost the dressing room? great post Andy Mac think the dip in form coincides with burton leaving. As much as I would hate to admit it Hull are a threat in midfield becasue of the way quinn can distribute balls. We packed it out and for most part held it, this is something we havent done well up to now. Answer to our woes I think is get a player like quinn whislt we loose the ball too easily there is always too much pressure on the centre halfs. We need a player on loan who can pass a ball.

  • i dont but i reckon he has, cant be good in there cant it? nice one lads you won us promotion get in, old on a minute ill slag you of to the press and draft in crap tio replace you and everythings will be alright, is that ok with you lot?
    doesnt work does it.

  • I’d have loved to be able to get down to Hillsborough tonight. Our U21s (Development Squad) vs. The Pigs. Apparently we’ll be fielding a strong looking side incl. Jameson, Corry, Mayor, Fletcher, Lavery, Madine & Rodri. Interesting to know if they’ll play like they have a point to prove or teed off because they aren’t on their hols like some of their team mates.

  • O My Lord , What on earth is happening to our “not so” Wonderful Wednesday. Too many changes in too shorter time is always going to end in disaster. No one can expect a team to jell and perform consistantly if every week it gets chopped and changed . Its not as if these are subtle changes. I feel it may be time for Dave Jones to stop picking has beens and pals and pick the best eleven,(it might save his job). Failing that on a run like we are on it could be curtains by Christmas.

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