MATCHDAY LIVE: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Bolton Wanderers 3
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All over - superb stuff from Wanderers. Match report up soon.
Think the announcer read his name as Iliev.
Tom Youngs on now for Chung-Yong.
Kellett dances round Lee and pulls a great cross back for Chungy - who hits the side netting.
Kellett drawing more songs from the Wanderers fans - great to see.
Afobe for Coke
Attendance 23,070 - quite some effort.
Great save from Kirkland - Juke's cross and Danns' powerful effort.
So that's Juke up front. Kellett playing in midfield.
"He's one of our own" sing the Wanderers fans.
It's Kellett for Beckford.
Kellett coming on for Wanderers.
Jutkiewicz on for Hall
Threlkeld gets forward and links up with Chungy. Good cross too, cleared for a throw.
Jutkiewicz serenaded by the Wanderers fans as he warms up - "Dougie, sig him up"
Danns has been excellent today - just doesn't stop working.
Wonder how long Jutkiewicz will stay out of this game. Need to hold on to the ball a bit better.
Important defending from Mills - Wanderers looked stretched at the back.
Next goal looks really vital here.
Double sub for Wednesday
Stobbs and Corry on
Mattock and McCabe off
Nuhiu booked for blocking Trotter's free kick.
Hall takes the free kick and curls it just over.
Beckford and Onyewu clash on the edge of the box. Becks shoves the Owls defender out of the way.
Beckford and Hall combine to give Chungy a decent chance - but his attempted chip is too heavy.
Threlkeld booked for a foul on Mattock.
Great goalkeeping by Kirkland. Chungy played Danns clean through, he tried to get round him but the ex-Liverpool man pushed out a hand to snatch the ball.
Hall brought down 20 yards out after some good interplay with Chungy and Danns.
Two Unlimited plays in the second half.
Well, what a half. Wanderers could have had six in the first half hour and fully deserved their three. But the Mattock strike has just put a few doubts in their minds.
Lavery's cross-shot rebounds off the outside of the post as a breathless half comes to an end. Great game to watch.
Danns' effort gets through the wall but gathered by Kirkland.
Break was on there for Wanderers - Danns eventually denied by a last gasp challenge by Helan. Hall then brought down on edge of the box.
Wednesday just fancying themselves a little bit more now. Four minutes to ride out for the Whites.
I'd love to know how quick that ball was travelling. It was like a Sneekes special.
So as I said earlier, typical end-of-season fayre.
Corner was cleared to the edge of the box - he absolutely pelted a left footed shot into the top corner. Bogdan didn't move.
What a hit for Mattock! Better than Trotter's, in fact.
Onyewu had better hope the US scouts are not watching. Ream has had a decent game, though.
Beckford through again! Onside this time, but forgot to take the ball with him.
Helan gets on the end of Lavery's cross. Heads down into the turf and it's saved easily by Bogdan.
Beckford has the ball in the net but he's offside again. Wednesday lost the ball for the umpteenth time near half way and with a better run, that would have been four.
"We're Bolton Wanderers, we're taking the @#$%" comes the chant from the away fans.
But that's playing down how well Wanderers have opened them up at times.
Actually, they have been abysmal pretty much everywhere.
Boos ringing round Hillsborough - Wednesday have been abysmal at the back so far.
What a hit from Trotter! Ball sat up nicely for him and he smashed a looping shot past Kirkland from 25 yards. Great stuff.
Early days, of course, but Wanderers have had this tactically spot on so far.
Offside trap nearly sprung again by Beckford. I say nearly, it wasn't, but he looks like getting in on goal with every attack.
McCabe drills a low shot through a sea of bodies in the box. Bogdan down smartly right near his post - may actually have touched the woodwork.
What a start for Wanderers - bad positioning from Mattock allowed Chung-Yong to run clear in on goal. He scuffed his shot, which totally wrong-footed Kirkland and the ball dribbled into the back of the net.
Antonio blasts a volley over the bar. Wednesday's best chance so far.
Neil Danns (foul on McCabe)
Beckford's pace got him in behind Loovens again. Not much backing him up though and the chance was gone.
Beckford flagged offside again after a good ball from Danns - looked only a fraction, but the home defenders can't defend this high all day.
Wheater knocks it long for Beckford again - massive gap in the Wednesday back line.
Beckford offside again, incredibly late flag. Seems to be Wanderers' ploy to knock it direct for him.
Beckford flagged offside to ironic cheers around Hillsborough.
Great start for Wanderers. They had gone really close with Mils' header.
Think Wednesday were appealing for offside, major hesitation in their defence as Beckford got to the byline and rolled a ball across the area for Danns to knock home.
Mills heads at goal - took a tiny touch off Loovens and looped up over the bar. Very, very close.
Wheater does well to win a corner after Hall's free kick. Bit of wing play there.
About 1,500 Wanderers fans away to my left making a good noise. Surrounded by swathes of empty seats though.
Jermaine Beckford flagged offside for the first time today.
All stemmed from mistake by Ream near corner flag.
Ball falls for Giles Coke 20 yards out. His low shot saved by Bogdan.
Jeff Beck strikes up... kick-off looming.
Liam Palmer just awarded the official SWFC player of the year by his manager. Not involved today after breaking his foot against Charlton recently.
Teams coming out on to the pitch. Wanderers in neon orange for the last time this season.
Wanderers looking to extend an unbeaten away record to eight games - their best run since 2001, today.
2:51pm Sat 26 Apr 14
CeBe from Sweden says
Now there is only one chance left for Ty Mears to join BWC in this campaign but on the other hand he has avoided all the weird moves from DF! Good luck to Mears, Eagles and all the others who will be leaving BWFC soon!
I wouldn't hold your breath...
Chris Maguire given the day off by Wednesday to attend his grandmother's funeral.
Giant arena Hillsborough - and filling up quite well considering there's not much to play for today.
Swing version of "Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" going on at the moment. Strange.
@MarcIles What's happened to Chris Eagles? Not even on bench again.— @platinum_info 26 April 2014
It'd be a short line, though...
They'd probably do the Conga at Wanderers if I called it a day tomorrow...
The club gave him a little presentation and a glass trophy.
Just found out that Paul Thompson, one of the legends of the local journo circuit, is doing his last home game today for the Sheffield Star.
Few fans upset that Hayden White has not stayed in the squad. I understand it was a pre-agreed thing - Oscar Threlkeld getting this game.
@MarcIles needs to get a few early passes to ease him in. White didn't get that. Feel Kellett should get a start as should iliev— @jthomasbwfc 26 April 2014
@marciles poss reaction of SW fans towards him. Team good enuf win the game givin youth chance again... Wot the fans wanted?!— @philduncalf 26 April 2014
@MarcIles deffo needs help at the back, white didn't get any help against Leicester felt sorry for him.— @lmgbwfc 26 April 2014
2:28pm Sat 26 Apr 14
J J J J says
sun is shining and its shining because a win is on the cards and the youth teamers are on the bench too :D this is a good day to smile
Good luck to Oscar - but a few young faces on the bench today too. Andy Robinson, Tom Youngs, Andy Kellett and Georg Iliev.
So after waiting eight years for a Bolton lad to make his debut in Andy Kellett, two come along at once.
Big day for Oscar Threlkeld - a 20-year-old right-back from Farnworth, I believe.
Taking me back to my Sheffield uni days...
But at least I've had some superb music to listen to.
And it's also a hard-wired internet connection, which is a real rarity at grounds (and not one my computer particularly takes to very well).
It's a fair old trek from press room to press box at this giant ground.
Right, OK. Ready now.
SWFC subs: Martinez, Best, Corry, Stobbs, Llera, Afobe, Johnson
SWFC team: Kirkland, Antonio, Onyewu, Coke, McCabe, Helan, Mattock, Lee, Lavery, Nuhiu, Loovens
BWFC subs: Lonergan, Knight, Jutkiewicz, Youngs, Robinson, Iliev, Kellett
That's a debut for Radcliffe's own Oscar Threlkeld!
BWFC team: Bogdan; Threlkeld, Mills; Wheater, Ream; Chung-Yong, Spearing, Trotter, Danns, Hall; Beckford.
Real whiff of end-of-season about this one - both teams marooned in mid-table. Wanderers could theoretically finish 13th this season, but could also drop as low as 17th.
Teams shouldn't be far away. But Dougie Freedman was pledging to give the kids a chance if his injury situation did not clear.
Good afternoon and welcome to Hillsborough for the penultimate Matchday Live of the season!
FA Cup semi-final
Wanderers 1 The Wednesday 2
Goals had been flying in for Wanderers in only their second full season in the Football League.
Their cup run had seen them beat Belfast Distilery 10-2, then set a club record with a 13-0 triumph over Sheffield United before a 3-2 win over Preston set-up a semi-final at the Kent Oval.
Unfortunately The Wednesday, as they were then known, proved a tougher prospect than their Steel City neighbours – Albert Mumford and Tom Cawley cancelling out James McNee’s goal for Bolton.
Wednesday lost 6-1 to Blackburn Rovers in the final.
Wanderers 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1
It had been a fairly depressing season for George Mulhall’s men, who just a fortnight earlier had been hit for seven on QPR’s famous plastic pitch.
That result sparked an upturn in form, however, and having despatched Derby County a week earlier with Chris Thompson scoring twice in a 3-2 win, they topped off the season with three points against the Owls.
Jeff Chandler, Alan Gowling and Tony Henry did the damage on the day, meaning Wanderers had climbed five places from 20th to 15th inside a week.
Wanderers 2 Sheffield Wednesday 4
Roy McFarland was sacked and Colin Todd appointed sole manager after a home defeat against the Owls left Wanderers in serious relegation trouble.
Sasa Curcic and Gerry Taggart had got Bolton back level after Dark Kovacevic’s double put David Pleat’s Wednesday into a commanding half-time lead.
But David Hirst had the final say, scoring twice in 20 second-half minutes to consign Wanderers to their 16th defeat of the campaign.
They would climb off the foot of the table only once in the rest of the season, after gaining a measure of revenge with a 2-1 win over Wednesday a few months later.
FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS
Wanderers – 2001-2003
Wednesday – 2007-present
Johnson joined Wanderers from Jamaican side Tivoli Gardens in 2001 and made his debut aged 21 in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in September 2001.
After spells at Oldham Athletic and Bradford City, the Jamaican international joined Wednesday and has made over 200 appearances for the Owls.
Wednesday – 1920-1928
Wanderers – 1928-1931
England international Kean played right half during his 14 year playing career and captained his country on one occasion.
After 230 games for the Owls, he joined Wanderers in 1928 and made 80 appearances, scoring just the once before moving to Luton Town where he ended his career.
Wednesday – 2005
Wanderers – 2011-present
For the first half of the 2005/06 season, Eagles was loaned from Manchester United to Hillsborough and scored his first of three goals during his loan spell in a derby match with Leeds United.
A loan spell with Dutch side N.E.C. Nijmegen followed, before his move to the Reebok Stadium in 2011 via three years at Burnley. This season, Eagles has made just 16 league appearances and his contract with the Whites runs out this summer.
ONE TO WATCH – Leon Best
The on-loan Blackburn Rovers striker has scored some important goals for the Owls since crossing the Pennines in February.
Filling the void left by Connor Wickham when he moved on to Leeds United, Best has scored four of his seven goals this season for Wednesday, who have won every game in which he has found the net.
WEDNESDAY TEAM NEWS
Injuries are stacking up for Owls boss Stuart Gray, with no recognised right-backs now available.
Keiron Lee will make the switch from midfield after Liam Palmer limped out of the 3-2 defeat against Charlton on Monday.
Gray has hinted that he could turn to youth – with highly-rated winger Jack Stobbs lined up for a debut. Franck Betra, Taylor McKenzie and Paul Corry are also poised to make the step up from the development squad.
Likely line-up (4-4-2): Kirkland, Lee, Onyewu, Loovens, Mattock, Maguire, Coke, Corry, Antonio, Best, Nuhiu
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