Date: 30th October 2011 at 11:12am
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Goals from Jose Semedo and Ryan Lowe ensured Wednesday got back to winning ways on the road with a 2-1 victory at struggling Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Both players grabbed their first competitive goals for the club, with Lowe netting after replacing the suspended Gary Madine in attack, to sandwich a Jordan Ibe effort as all the goals came in the first half.

The dismissal of experienced midfielder Gareth Ainsworth in the second half made life a little bit easier for Wednesday in the closing stages as the Owls bounced back from a midweek defeat Carlisle United.

Despite that Cumbrian setback, Owls boss Gary Megson made just two changes to his starting eleven, one being forced in the shape of Lowe replacing Madine. Mark Reynolds, out in the cold of late, came in at left-back for Julian Bennett, with Reda Johnson sidelined through injury.

And Wednesday made an encouraging start to the match, even having a shout for a penalty waved away by the officials after Ben Marshall’s strike appeared to hit the hands of Grant Basey.

Chris Lines was the first man to test Wanderers goalkeeper Nikki Bull, who comfortably dealt with the midfielder’s effort. But the same man forced Bull into a finger-tip save minutes later as a mini-battle began between the duo.

Wednesday were pushing hard for the breakthrough and after Lowe saw an effort well saved by the busy Wycombe stopper it came after 23 minutes. Lowe’s shot hit the woodwork and bounced out to Semedo, who neatly struck the rebound into the back of the net.

The Owls could only hang on to that lead for six minutes though as Gary Waddock’s men hit back. Ibe became the club’s youngest-ever scorer at 15-years-old when he showed a burst of pace in the middle of the park before unleashing a powerful effort which beat Stephen Bywater, the Owls goalkeeper, and found its way into the back of the net.

Unlike in Carlisle on Tuesday night, Wednesday heads didn’t drop and instead they turned their focus to regaining the lead in double-quick time. And it wasn’t long in coming.

This time Semedo turned goalscorer to provider when he produced a pin-point cross to find an unmarked Lowe, who couldn’t fail to direct his header into the back of the net.

Things could have got better for the visitors before half-time but the officials again waved away claims for a penalty after Lewis Buxton appeared to be felled inside the box.

Half-Time: Wycombe 1-2 Wednesday

The Owls had their hosts just where they wanted them at the interval, but after leading by just a goal in midweek they’ll have been keen to add another to put some distance between them and Wanderers.

The officials were again playing a central role when they disallowed a Wednesday effort minutes into the second half. As in the first half, Megson’s men started brightly and O’Grady nodded a Marshall cross into the back of the net only to be deemed offside.

Wednesday were in control but they just couldn’t find a third goal to all-but seal the points. Marshall smacked the crossbar with a free-kick and then skipper Rob Jones, searching for his third goal in as many games, headed just over from the resulting corner kick.

And they knew with just one goal in it, Wanderers could hit back at any time and Ibe proved the threat was still there when he drilled over from the edge of the box.

But Wycombe’s task was made even tougher with 15 minutes to go when Ainsworth received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, a lunge on Owls defender Danny Batth.

The dismissal saw Wycombe’s thread recede, and Wednesday could have added another with Marshall and Jones again coming close late on.

The Owls hung on to their lead in relatively comfortable fashion though to pick up a much-needed three points on the road and keep the pressure on npower League One’s leading two.

Full-Time: Wycombe 1-2 Wednesday

Wycombe: Bull, Foster (Grant 80), Basey, Tunnicliffe, Winfield, Ainsworth, Rowlands, Lewis, Harris, Ibe, Beavon. Substitutes: Johnson, Bloomfield, Strevens, McCoy.

Wednesday: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, Jones (Bennett 90), Reynolds, Marshall, Semedo, Lines, O’Connor, O’Grady, Lowe (Morrison 76). Substitutes: O’Donnell, J Johnson, Palmer.


9 Replies to “Wycombe Wanderers 1-2 Wednesday”

  • Good result. 3 points. Job done. Was not very optimistic about Octobers fixtures, as it looked like our hardest month of the season. Very happy to get 13 points from 18 with our away record and the teams we faced. Why do we always play Carlisle away mid week? On another note I?m a bit disappointed to keep seeing Palmer on the bench. He was just starting to shine before he went away on international duty a month ago, much rather see him than JOC. Did Morrison make any impact when he came on? Shouldn?t even entertain Morecombe away, let the reserves go and pay the fine, not interested in the cup now we look like we have chance of getting out this league.

  • Nice to get Straight back with a win, clean sheet would of been nice but wasn’t to be. Many more to come from lowe I think.

  • I think it’s 15 now Auckland, it was 12 before the derby and O’Grady, Lowe and Semedo have scored since then. I think the full list is Buxton, Jones, R Johnson, Bennett, Sedgewick, O’Connor, Marshall, Semedo, Prutton, Palmer, Morrison, Madine, O’Grady, Lowe and McGoldrick. I would expect Batth and J Johnson to notch at some point as well so this list should grow!!

  • oh, I also don’t think it will be long before Lines gets in on the act as well given he’s playing regularly and getting plenty of efforts in on goal!

  • Still don’t understand the J’OC selection and completely agree with Joseph 10 about Palmer. O’Grady has really impressed me, looks strong and hungry and I’m sure will bag a few goals this season. Lowe also looks quality. With the goal Madine too it looks like our early season striker worries were unfounded. Palmer, Johnson, Prutton, Lines or Coke need to kick J’OC out of the side and we are really looking good. Was great to see Semedo getting forward against Wycombe looks like a championship midfielder to me!

  • i know there are still 30 games to go but i am so excited by the first 16! We look a much better side than we did when we got promoted under sturrock and we if we keep the pressure up who knows (especially as i can see someone making lee clark an offer he can’t refuse!). Still trying to keep myself grounded, the last 15+ years of beinga Wednesday fan have taught me that!!!

  • well done another positive result. I would sooner see a more productive player (like palmer, coke, prutton) in the team than O’Connor, however the way megson sets his team out to play means that he needs an O’Connor type player in the team alongside semedo and none of the others do the same job. O’Conner is certainly not a pretty player to watch but he does the job he is selected to do, we have been winning and have generally been a lot tighter recently since the midfield has settled in.

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