Date: 28th September 2010 at 11:29pm
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WEDNESDAY’S slump continued in npower League One as a 0-0 stalemate with Oldham Athletic at Hillsborough continued to frustrate Owls fans on Tuesday night.

The draw may have ended a four-game losing run and showed small signs of improvement, but it still wasn’t good enough for Wednesday to prove they’re up for the task of promotion this season.

Latics stopper Dean Brill barely had a save to make against a Wednesday side who lacked any ideas, lacked any ambition and lacked any kind of drive in front of Hillsborough’s smallest league crowd of the season so far.

If anything, the Lancastrians shaded the better chances in front of goal, but in reality the scoreline would have still been 0-0 had both sides been playing until midnight, it was just one of those games – and they’re getting too common at Hillsborough for most Wednesdayites’ liking.

Irvine did at least make five changes to the side that fell to a 1-0 loss against Southampton in S6 at the weekend.

Clinton Morrison was brought into the attack at the expense of Neil Mellor, while Tommy Spurr and Jon Otsemobor replaced Daniel Jones and Lewis Buxton respectively at the back.

Tommy Miller came in to replace Darren Potter in midfield, with Chris Sedgwick coming in for Gary Teale on the wing.

And the changes initially seemed to work, with Wednesday showing more in the opening five or ten minutes than they had in the full 90 against the Saints at the weekend.

Although nothing special, it was certainly an improved opening from the Owls as they took the game to the Latics, something Irvine was keen to do from the off.

Without really causing Brill much trouble in the opening exchanges, the hosts did boss most of the possession and had the Hillsborough faithful firmly behind them as they looked for a way through the Oldham defence.

The Owls were dealt a blow as the first-half progressed though with Tommy Spurr being forced off following a clash of heads, Jones coming on to place him at left-back.

Darren Purse did have a half chance to test Brill when he somehow latched onto a deep cross and fired a volley straight into the arms of the Oldham stopper.

But the chances were very few and far between, and it was in fact Oldham that enjoyed the better of the chances as half-time approached.

The visitors were lucky when the assistant referee deemed one attacker to be offside when the Latics were through on goal with only Weaver to beat in front of the Kop end.

And while the Owls did enjoy a slightly improved 45 minutes, there was always the sense that Paul Dickov’s men could hit the hosts on the break at anytime.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Oldham

Wednesday needed a bright start to the second half as they searched for three key points, and although they did kick-off in attacking style with Morrison having a half-chance, Wednesday’s second half showing failed to live up to their first.

It was Oldham who looked the more threatening in the second 45 and Dean Furman zipped a dangerous-looking shot just inches wide of Nicky Weaver’s goal as the Latics looked for all three points to take back with them.

The visitors grew in confidence as the match progressed, largely thanks to Wednesday’s inability to create any kind of chance at the other end.

Long balls forward weren’t having the desired effect for the hosts, especially with targetman Neil Mellor not in the starting eleven, as Morrison and Tudgay continued to lose the physical battle against Oldham’s centre-halves.

Paul Heffernan and Gary Teale were brought into the mix as the hosts looked for a way through the stubborn yet under-worked Oldham defence.

Giles Coke did create a chance for himself when he flashed an effort just wide of Brill’s goal.

It was to be Wednesday’s last chance of the game as a frustrating night at S6 came to a close with yet more booing from the Hillsborough faithful.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Oldham


14 Replies to “Wednesday 0-0 Oldham”

  • Just awful tonight. Not been to hillsborough for a year and it has got sooo much worse. Oldham were bad but I can’t believe how bad we were. The match was awful and I’m really glad that I went. I won’t be going back until the prices drop. It wasn’t even worth the petrol. 🙁

  • Im just lost for words.Everything connected with Sheffield Wednesday is just over.We cannot gain a soild answer on investment,we cannot play 90 mins of football,and we have a manager (GOD BLESS HIM) that cannot change our fourtunes.What do we do ????ANSWERS ON A POST CARD PLEASE LOL.

  • better but still a long way off! is alan the man ? i dont think so but the team are all good players just dont play as a team we should walk this lge but god we have been bad so far! investment i dont think so… invest in what ? are debet are team that dont get results fans that bitch at howard…would you invest

  • nice to see the vital football nazi’s are out in force again. deleting my comment yet again for no good reason. no doubt a bunch of strafford drones. i’ll try again and hope the nazi’s leave well alone. Right, poor team, poor board, poor management, poor finances, just about poor everything. i shall not be wasting my time or money until all the above are gone. F**k OFF WEDNESDAY.

  • I read it was a slight improvement but lets face it that says how bad we are. Least he started with Miller and Morrison and about time!! Until any sort of investment this club won’t make any progression on and off the pitch.

  • poor performance again cant pass no attacking threat and dodgy at the back 16th in the league tells it’s own story we are the laughing stock of the football league

  • Our players ARE good enough. The first 20 mins we wer by far and away the better side but could not get the ball in the net. Then, as we pushed forward there was so much space between our midfield and our defence that we were wide open. All Oldham had to do was lump the ball to the half way line and then let their forwards run at our back three. this is basic bloody tactical naivety and we lost the initiative. We looked more like a unit in the second half so AI must have had a word, but we never got the impetus back and our final ball was just not there. We need to get some confidence back and fast!

  • in response to hirsty’s shinpads, no idea mate!? i think we need someone in the Ian Hollaway/Martin Allen kind of mould? we keep employing “tactical” managers which doesnt work with certain players and especially players low on confidence! Whilst Hollaway is not the greatest tactician in the world he has proved at pretty much every club he can motivate players! We need someone who is not affraid of the players and who will kick them up the ass! i read a post the other day about a Barnsly manager taking players down the pit to show them how fortunate they are and thats the kind of manager we need, someone who will do crazy stuff like that! Either that, or Jose Mourihno!

  • I live up in rochdale, keith hill would be perfect. has rochdale playing some great attacking football, a proper motivator. Sadly a)we cant afford to get rid of irvine and b)we cant afford to poach any other manger. im absolutly dreading playing rochdale, im going to get so much **** when they slaughter us.

  • I live near Leeds – it is not exactly easy for me right now – I share your pain. For the record, Keith Hill was my choice last time, I posted a comment on here saying just that!

  • why would he leave to join us. he has his own team, no expectations and one one the few clubs in england to have no debt. im still hopefull irvine can turn it around, he just needs to let the shackles off and attack.

  • can’t see Irvine turning this around, he’s a decent coach but a bad manager his only hope is JJ getting fit and producing. he started by widening the pitch and signing 2 wingers who are poor, well past there best, no pace to get round defenders and can’t cross. up front all our strikers are of the same mould need a target man to play off (can’t we swop mellor for parkin) centre midfield is a massive problem o’conner and potter are just not good enough, the tactics are just not working and irvine is clueless to what to do next he keeps saying the same boring excuses and nothing changes only the attendances, something needs to be done soon.

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