Date: 29th January 2011 at 4:58pm
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Wednesday progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to a 4-1 victory over ten-man Hereford United at Hillsborough.

They had to do it the hard way though, coming from 1-0 down as Stuart Fleetwood fired the visitors ahead inside ten minutes.

Darren Potter fired the Owls level before the break, and a second-half penalty, which resulted in the sending off of Joe Heath for a challenge on Clinton Morrison, allowed the latter to drill in the spot-kick to put Wednesday ahead.

Jermaine Johnson added a fine third before Morrison netted a second penalty to seal Wednesday’s progression.

Irvine made three changes to the side that drew with Yeovil in midweek.

Daniel Jones returned at left-back in place of Mark Reynolds, who dropped to the bench, while Clinton Morrison and Paul Heffernan were the preferred strike pairing with Gary Madine cup-tied and Neil Mellor having to settle for a place on the bench.

Wednesday needed a good start to the game to get the fans onside following some indifferent performances of late.

But they were dealt with a big blow just nine minutes in when Hereford opened the scoring.

The visitors took advantage of some Sunday league-style defending by Wednesday as the on-loan Jake Jervis provided the ball which Stuart Fleetwood lashed by Owls stopper Nicky Weaver.

The goal lifted Hereford, backed by a strong following in the upper tier of the West Stand, and heaped more pressure on Wednesday in front of their own fans.

The Owls had to get back into the game quickly and they had a small sniff of a chance to get back on level terms when Morrison and Heffernan linked well with a neat one-two for the latter to force a save from Bulls stopper Adam Bartlett.

It lifted Wednesday’s confidence and they were level not long after through a great strike by Darren Potter.

Gary Teale was the architect, producing a superb ball for Daniel Jones to provide Potter with the chance to lash a neat finish beyond Bartlett.

The goal settled the game down after a fast-paced start, with Wednesday looking more composed and Hereford putting in a good showing to match their hosts.

The chances dried up but the Owls had a double chance to turn the game on its head.

Heffernan forced a fine save by Bartlett, who pushed his effort away for a corner, and Reda Johnson and Morrison both came close from the resulting corner.

The Owls continued to create the better chances and some good hold-up play by Clinton Morrison allowed Teale to strike a clean shot at Bartlett, who produced the save to match it.

The visitors weren’t out of it though and Wednesday could have counted themselves lucky to still be level as play switched straight to the other end.

Fleetwood found his way through on goal and the Hereford marksman struck his shot just wide of Weaver’s goal.

Wednesday had a late chance to go into the half-time break ahead but Clinton Morrison couldn’t find the back of the net.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-1 Hereford

The start of the second half failed to mirror the fast-paced start of the first 45 minutes, although Jermaine Johnson did go on a typically probing run forward which brought a free-kick in a dangerous position, which eventually came to nothing.

Chances were few and far between but the Owls were enjoying the majority of the ball as they attacked towards the Kop in the second half.

The first change came around the hour mark when Darren Potter was replaced by James O’Connor in the centre of the midfield, which resulted in an unhappy Potter storming off the pitch.

Wednesday carved out the best chance of the second half when Daniel Jones produced a superb ball which found Clinton Morrison, but the Hereford defender got a touch to the ball to clear the danger for a corner.

Wednesday got a golden chance to go ahead in the cup tie when Clinton Morrison was fouled inside the box and a penalty was awarded after Jermaine Johnson used his pace to pile forward.

Morrison was about to pull the trigger following Johnson’s cross but Joe Heath committed the foul and was shown a red card for his challenge.

He dusted himself off and tucked the penalty away to put the Owls ahead against the ten-men of Hereford.

The goal, coupled with the sending off, should have seen Wednesday into the next round of the prestigious competition.

But the home defending still left plenty to be desired and the visitors showed no signs of throwing the towel in as they mounted a number of dangerous attacking moves.

Jermaine Johnson had other ideas though as the Jamaican made it 3-1 to Wednesday.

It started with Weaver, who picked out Johnson with a superb throw and the jet-heeled Jamaican did the rest with his pace, weaving his way in and out as if the Hereford defenders weren’t even there before unleashing an unstoppable effort with his left foot.

And it was game, set and match just minutes later when the Owls were awarded a penalty for handball inside the box.

Morrison stepped up to drill in his second of the match to put the Owls into the next round of the FA Cup.

Giles Coke came close to making it a famous five but he bent his short just around the goal.

Heffernan and Tommy Spurr also had good chances to add to Wednesday’s tally as the Owls dominated the latter exchanges before Johnson saw an effort hit the post.

It was job done as far as Wednesday were concerned, and a place in the hat for the fifth round draw awaits.

Full-Time: Wednesday 4-1 Hereford


27 Replies to “Wednesday 4-1 Hereford United”

  • Great to see Heffernan get the start, and always glad for a win… even to bottom of 2nd division team. Hopefully this will give the team a boost going on forward. Now let’s hope for a big club at home in the next round! UTO!!!

  • well thats the formality match out of the way, we need to develop a run now in the league starting with peterborough.

  • defence is struggling and leaves a lot to be desired not sure why potter came off we need a centre midfielder before tues game think we’ll lose there though

  • Let’s not be fooled… 10 men pen that’s when we went ahead. If eleven v eleven prob wouldn’t of won. For me, we will get battered at pboro and really this win means little. Hope proved wrong but like I said Irvine has lost my support.

  • I’l take Crawley next round and then a big premier league game! Just nice to see the number ‘4’ after our name for once!

  • I’d rather go out to big club next round, hopefully with some dignity and get league push back on track!

  • heffernan was man of the match for me with his runs and clever link up play something we have lacked recently irvine got his subs spot on today as oconner made a big difference speeding up the midfield and the team grew in confidence as the second half progressed after a poor start an improving performance and in the end a good result.

  • Heffernan was man of match without a doubt beverley,but the middle of the park is p/poor as per. We lack bite and composure, if they’d not lost a man we’d have struggled. Need 1 or 2 centre mid players as we all keep saying,no doubt be signing another wide/forward/defender instead. We’ll get mullerd on tuesday.

  • JamesC you are both right and wrong. The performance against 11 men wasn’t good but we would have won because the first penalty was correctly given. After that it was all over as soon as JJ got the ball for the third (more days like this please JJ). A result was all that mattered and that we got. Now it’s back to the league to see if we can build on this. Like you I have my doubts but C’mon Wednesday! (and Crawley Town will do quite nicely, I want to progress as far as possible).

  • jj only put it together in the last 15-20 mins , is goal was worth waiting for but jj we need it every game not when you want to,felt sorry for Heffernan he decerved to score today

  • Just glad we won. Hopefully this will give the team some confidence and belief. It was never going to be a barcelona performance and there’s still a lot to work on but its a start.

  • i thought the goals did us a world of good as you could see the confidence come back into our play. in the 1st half we were fairly patchy but when we did get the ball down and pass it we did create chances and openings. teale and jones linked up well in the 1st half and i thought heffernan and morrison looked a better front partnership than any of the others we’ve tried so far. right back looked a major concern as spurr is clearly out of position and can’t cope, anything hereford created came as a result of a mistake or weakness from spurr. i like spurr but a better team will murder us if we do that again

  • Well well well. What a difference a win makes. All you ?sack Irvine? lot should be ashamed of yourselfs.Been reading some of your comments on here over the past few weeks and your all entitled to your opinion but sorry to say you have no clue about football whatsoever. Just want to win win win win and that?s all that matters, if it goes wrong then sack everybody. We have been given an absolute lifeline through Milan that me and my dad can start talking about the club positively again after 10 YEARS!!!!!!!. FOR ***** SAKE GET BEHIND YOUR TEAM!!!. And before you start saying ?well its only Hereford? its a start. Win the next two games and we are flying. I really can not believe the stick the manger gets after a poor run with a completely new team. We were always going to lose last week because Leyton Orient have only lost 1 game in last 14 matches!!! The sort of form we need to get in. Thought Heff was outstanding, so committed to the club to put that sort of performance in after so long on the bench. Morrison took charge taking 2 pens even if Giles Coke wanted to take the last one as we were 3-1 up but was nowhere in sight when it was 1-1. God knows what our starting front two are now. Also would love to see what Reda Johnson could do midfield. WTID!! UTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Glad Heffers got the chance and a full game at that and would hope hes done enough to secure his place cos he was my man of match yesterday,was nice to c Clinton Morrisson run to AI after scoring his penalty showing that the players are behind him.A sloppy 1st goal caused 1st by Spurr knocking back across face of goal to one of their players who themn passed it back into our area and 3 defenders playing pinball with each other before their striker scored.We cant seem to pass a ball forward more than 10 yrds and it always seemed to be going to one of their players,nice goal from Potter who after getting subbed wasnt too happy and showed this by kicking a bottle into the crowd.Thought Hereford sat back in 2nd half and was playing for the draw.I was wondering wot was up with JJ cos he only seem to come alive in the last 20 mins or so and could av ad a hattrick,wonder if he was told to hold back abit.Thought Morrisson might have let Coke take 2nd pen after his miss tuesday night but Morrisson was having none of it.Still not too sure with CM either he missed 3 clear cut chances and never stops moaning wen its not goin his way,wen we signed him i thought we had a top striker but hes yet to show that class.Thought AI might have changed defence bringing on Reynolds to play central and push Morrisson out to the right cause again Spurr struggled in that position i also expected CM to be replaced by Mellor but that too didnt happen lol.Never mind a wins a win but we must improve and hopefully sooner rather than later.Up The Owls.

  • And i also would like to c wot Reda wud be like in midfield,cud be anutha Carlton Palmer.Also jamesc1905 it wudnt have made a difference if they did have 11 players on pitch cos Morrisson put pen away that gave us the 2-1 lead and before that Hereford ad rarely threatened our goal.

  • Would just like to say ive got this funny feeling we are going to draw the winners of Chelski v Everton

  • joseph, thats pathetic, just becuase we dont agree with you, we know nothing about football. your ridiculous. you accepted there that we should be getting beaten by leyton orient, yea they were on a good run but we should never go into a game thinking, yea well probably lose, let alone against orient! i cant believe how daft your post was

  • smiggyswfc and ozzietheowl. are you really that retarded? This comment is posted at the ?get Irvive out? gang but as normal you guys are to thick and miss the 1 point i was trying to make. I dont travel 60miles to think that the other team can beat us, all im saying is that teams will beat us and when then do i dont call to have the managers head cut off. And Ozzie, Arrogant???? WTF?? You pick 1 line out of my comment and have go. This is exactly the the usally negitive comments we get on here. So quick to have a go but can’t come up with something possitve to say. We are in league one, get a grip.

  • joesph, theres only one person on this thread who has come across as retarded im afraid. completly new team? only 2 new faces in on saturday lad. brand new centre back who’s first touch looks average and you think we should put him in midfield? blimey. expected to lose at orient? are you fecking kidding me? everybody who wants irvine out knows nothing about football? you are either a 12 year old or a blade. Now im sat on the fence when it comes to irvine, i just thought your post was so factless and pathetic i had to comment.

  • Dear lord DEZZYP I?m speechless!! I can not explain my comment any clearer. Factless and pathetic ??? Have you read it properly? How on earth is stating that a manager at any football club needs time (and finally some money) to build the team is factless and pathetic?? Secondly I never said anything about the team that was picked on Saturday I was talking about our squad this year!! I regard any player which was not here this time last year as new. So Yes A LOT of new faces in our squad!! Irvine did fantastic getting the players we got with no money but do you think we are going to win the league on a team of Free Transfers?? And Yes I do feel everybody who wants Irvine out knows nothing about football because he has not been given a chance to get the players he wants. I can not believe that people do not understand this, I give up.!! And Yes most teams in this league are capable of beating each other, as the league table proves!! How is any of the above factless and pathetic ?? And yes I would “personally” like to see what Reda could do in midfield ? that?s just my opinion.

  • i wish you was speechless……..lets just say irvine stays another 2 years and takes us down to league 2 in that time……does that suddenley mean you know nothing about football? and that those who called for his head all of a sudden do know what they are talking about? how does this work in your little head?

  • Really cant believe you have just put that. And you said I was the 12 year old blade fan???? Then DEZZP if he has been with us for 2 years (even 1 year) and takes us down to league 2 (or even below mid table) then we sack him!!! Why? Because he THEN he has proved that he is not up for the job!! Do not sack him after less than one month with having money to spend. We are halfway through the season, in the FA cup 5th round and only 5 points of playoffs, Yes we have lost a few more that I would of liked but that is not sackable form. Again WITH NO MONEY!! Now he has to given time to use the players he has bought. Your now just proving my point about being clueless about football. It’s obviously not getting through, we will have to agree to disagree on this one. I will not be commenting on this thread anymore.

  • Probably for the best, despite your footballing wisdom you failed to answer the one question i asked. If i would have asked for a shed load of pointless ranting then you answered well. I just wanted to know your rules on how you judge peoples footballimg knowledge………..i didnt think it was such a hard question.

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