Date: 5th April 2010 at 7:43pm
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WEDNESDAY’s battle to avoid relegation from the Championship suffered a huge blow on Easter Monday as Bristol City’s 1-0 win at Hillsborough sunk Alan Irvine’s men back into the bottom three.

Nicky Maynard blasted in the winner late in the second half as the on-song Robins snatched all three points in a dire affair at S6.

It left the Owls sitting in the relegation zone after Crystal Palace picked up a crucial three points and Watford also secured a point against West Brom.

And with just four games to go this term – Wednesdayites will rightly feel worried about their side’s Championship status after missing out on a crucial three points in arguably their easiest game remaining.

It will be even more frustrating for Alan Irvine following his side’s stubborn and determined performance at QPR just two days previous, as the Owls returned to their normal ways on home soil.

Irvine made just the one change to the starting eleven that bagged a point in London on Saturday with Leon Clarke returning to the starting line-up in place of Lewis Buxton, but there was no place for Jermaine Johnson despite his superb substitute appearance at Loftus Road.

Wednesday started brightly enough and created a couple f half chances in the opening exchanges, but it wasn’t enough to really test Stephen Henderson in the Bristol goal.

Clarke and Tom Soares both saw chances come and go, but the Owls never tested stand-in stopper Henderson enough, especially considering he’d been given a rare start following an injury to regular number one Dean Gerken at the weekend.

City came into the game on the back of an upturn in performances and results following the departure of Gary Johnson.

The Robins are in mid-table and will enjoy a comfortable end to the season – something which was evident in their relaxed approach to the fixture – but it was by no means lacklustre.

City looked more comfortable on the ball, even though the onus was on the Owls to go out and get the three points, and their stubborn line-up prevented Wednesday from creating too much in front of goal.

In turn, the hosts failed to show any spark in attack – Irvine has clearly focussed on the defence since his arrival, and to their credit they’ve showed improvement bar the Reading game, but the Owls’ front line and ‘creative’ players have failed to come up trumps.

Bristol had to best chances in front of goal and Lee Grant had to be alert to divert a Paul Hartley cross over the bar.

The Owls’ stopper also had to be at the top of his game to deny Maynard with a superb diving save as City looked more likely to take the lead into the interval.

Wednesday had some spells of positive play and one such move resulted in Marcus Tudgay having a good chance to force Henderson into a save only to fire his shot high and wide and continue his poor season.

The officials weren’t helping the generally slow flow of the game, calling some controversial decisions which saw both the home and away supporters and players bemused at the midway point.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Bristol City

Three points were a must from the game as far as Wednesday were concerned and they came out at the start of the second half like a team who were desperate for the points.

Piling forward in good numbers, the deadlock was almost smashed when Luke Varney dribbled his way into the box, somewhat fortunately, and hit a low shit which Henderson did well to save with his legs.

It was Wednesday’s best chance of the game so far and it lifted the hosts as they continued their heavy pressure on the Robins’ goal in the opening exchanges of the second half.

Varney came close with another effort which was blocked by the City stopper before captain Darren Purse headed over the bar from a Darren Potter corner-kick.

The Owls’ skipper was leading by example at this point and tried to take matters into his own hands when he picked up the ball on the halfway line before powering an effort which went just wide of the upright and lifted the Owls’ faithful.

Irvine introduced Francis Jeffers for the poor Potter on 73 minutes as Wednesday looked for more firepower to breakthrough the stubborn Bristol defence.

But the visitors were holding firm at the book and Wednesday soon looked to run out of ideas as the second half progressed.

City began to look more dangerous on the break, especially through tricky winger Jemal Campbell-Ryce, and it was through one such raid which Maynard found the winner.

With nine minutes of normal time to go, the former Crewe hitman found his way by two Wednesday defenders before drilling a low shot by Grant for what turned out to be the winner.

It left the Owls support streaming out of Hillsborough and left all Wednesdayites wondering just what division they’ll be watching their football in next season.

Full-Time: Wednesday 0-1 Bristol


12 Replies to “Wednesday 0-1 Bristol City”

  • Couldn’t hit a barn door if they were sat on the padlock, league 1 staring us in the face now. unacceptable dog *****e

  • Same after every game… We creating loads of chances though can’t take any. Not good enough. Irvine has got to get someone in who can score goals in the summer and that will prob be in League One. Gutted really. There are teams above us who arent any better than us but seem to manage to pull it together, we don’t. There will a massive summer clearout and hope we can bring in players who are hungry

  • It aint over ’til the large woman warbles but I can hear her gargling. 17 shots and only 5 on target. We needed a striker, didn’t get one and here we are. Has our team got the stones to stand up and win a game? I’ve been very critical of our captain in the past (I still don’t think he was a good acquisition) but he is one of the few Wednesday players to show genuine depth of character. Time for the others to stand up with him.

  • when i look at the state we are in at the moment…then i look at your sorry state i feel much better. league 1 is alomost upon you and no better way than the blades to send you pigs down.

  • bfl – you’ve got the charisma of a brick. you’re non-stop insults are a bore. seems like you’re more interested in how we’re doing than your own club you sad prat.

  • if ur strikers can’t score against us then u deserve to go down, this is the worst blades side ive seen 4 ages,i hope u stay up just to watch u struggle agian next season(with us)

  • In a weird way I kinda hope we do go down because this squad is simply awful and will just continue to stagnate for years and years in this division which im just frankly sick to death of seeing. In League One I think we have a good chance for a fresh start and to get rid of the overpaid useless bunch of crap currently representing the mighty SWFC.

  • Can anyone tell me where JJ was? Supposedly our most creative player when he is fit. Heard nothing to say he was injured again, yet no place for him in the squad. Managed to wangle time off work for the game against the blunts. Hopefully will be worth the long journey from Cumbria. Someone said squeaky bum time on one of the other forums. Think mine has nearly healed over. Stay positive lets get something from the Riverside and see where we stand then. Come on Wednesday. UTO.

  • Just read official site and apparfently JJ came in in the morning saying hamstring was tight, had a fitness test and wasn’t risked. Father Ted hoping he will train this week and be fit for ‘Boro.

  • I seem to remember the last time we got relegated to league one it was supposed to be a fresh start and to get rid of the crap we had playing for us last time and look how that’s worked out for us, five years or so later we’re back in the same spot! It would give Irv a fresh start if we went down but I think if we stay up he’d do a good job next season “if” given the funds to do that and replace the crap we’ve got at the moment? As we’re skint though the “funds” he will be given will probably only be able to buy League One standard players so we might as well go down and at least get a day out to wembely!!

  • Bristol City deserved nothing from this game. Wednesday deserved at least a point if not all three. The players tried hard and I think they played well and had the majority of possesion, Grant was awsome pulling off some great saves from the few chances they had. The difference is they can at least hit the target. We got the ball into the final third loads, but we are toothless, lacking pace power and shots, never mind shots on target. We seem to be oh so easily dealt with by every teams defence. You’ve cant grumble about the work rate of the lads up front, but its just not working. We really do miss JJ for the added pace. I have seen worse teams in this division than us and we dont deserve to go down.
    Just to finish congratulations to BFL and all the other blunts on this site for another mediocre season in the Championship. Just missed out on the play offs again, but at least it will save on premireship fears for the directors the tears of the supporters in the finals. Lets face it you dont have a very good record in the play offs, but just for the record I can tell you it really does feel good in those massive games at Wembley or Cardiff when you actually win!! Theres no wonder you lot are always moanin, I cant remember anything for you to be happy about. I feel sorry for you in a way………NOT!

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