MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

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4:57pm

That's it. 1-0 Wednesday and more boos around the Reebok. Might need some booze to write my match report back. Very poor.

4:55pm

Knight's cross, Ngog heads well wide. Looks like that's it for Wanderers.

4:52pm

Wednesday fans in top voice. Many Wanderers leaving now...

4:51pm

Four minutes added time.

4:45pm

Subs have not made much of an impact. All a bit drab.

4:44pm

Rather dull stuff at the moment folks.

4:34pm

Alonso on for Ricketts and Sordell on for Eagles. Interesting.

4:33pm

Sordell about to come on.

4:32pm

Kirkland denies Afobe from close range. Header from Ricketts' cross.

4:28pm

Attendance 22,292

4:27pm

Not a substitution met with much delight from the terraces.

4:27pm

Chungy on for Petrov

4:23pm

Thankfully, Wednedsay's defence looks well capable of making a mistake too.

4:17pm

Eagles shot from distance doesn't worry Kirkland.

4:13pm

Afobe wriggles free on the right, gets a good cross in but Ngog can only deflect it towards goal and it trickles wide.

4:12pm

Lee does something similar at the other end... corner to Whites

4:10pm

Buxton's cross from the right hooked nervously over the bar by Mears.

4:06pm

Gangnam Style playing us into the second half... Will be having a word with Colin McGreavy about that one...

4:05pm

Ready for the second half.

3:49pm

And there are boos at half time. Wanderers started well but dropped considerably. Wednesday have had two decent chances, scored one, and will be more than happy with their Boxing Day so far.

3:48pm

Petrov whips a free kick in from the right but Kirkland pushes it away to safety.

3:46pm

Eagles does well to hook a cross out from the right, Ngog chests it down but a defender gets to him before he can get a shot away.

3:42pm

And they are lucky not to be two down. Lee twists and turns past Ricketts and drills a shot, thankfully straight at Bogdan.

3:42pm

Can't expect a great reaction from the home side at the break.

3:40pm

Nothing coming off for Ngog in the last half-hour. Afobe has shown plenty of running but nothing in front of goal yet.

3:39pm

Life has just dropped out of Wanderers' early enterprise in possession. Wednesday's more direct style proving effective now.

3:37pm

Sidibe comes close to a second, just failing to get a telling touch on McCabe's corner.

3:29pm

It's Sidibe's first goal since signing from Stoke on loan.

3:27pm

Crushing blow that, after a decent start. Sidibe had drifted on to Ream, as opposed to Knight, and always looked the favourite as the ball came in.

3:26pm

Lewis Buxton cross from the right, and Sidibe beat Ream to head home.

3:25pm

GOAL Wednesday!

3:24pm

Petrov and Ngog link up well - the winger losing his balance at the crucial moment, stopping him from getting a shot off 10 yards from goal. Encouraging stuff.

3:22pm

And there we have the first Megson chant. Won't repeat it here though, eh...

3:22pm

Eagles should have had a free-kick on the edge of the area after a trip by Lledra. Ref had played two good advantages previously too!

3:20pm

Good cross from Petrov, arched inches over Ngog's head or else he'd have had a clear route to goal.

3:17pm

First big chance for Wanderers. To give them credit, they look much more up for this game than they did on Saturday.

3:15pm

Kirkland makes a great save from Ngog low to his left. Quick break from the Whites and the Frenchman beat Johnson for pace before hitting a low shot across goal.

3:12pm

Sting taken out of the game a little now.

3:09pm

Big game for Tim Ream this one. He has looked shaky on his last couple of appearances but is very much putting safety first so far.

3:07pm

Petrov whips a cross into the side netting. Much more urgency from the Whites from the start. Rain driving down, though.

3:06pm

To think we were nearly 2-0 down at Peterborough by this stage...

3:05pm

Ref just stopped play to kick a bottle away, which had strayed on to the touchline.

3:04pm

Good start from Whites. Half call for a pen on Ngog. But as I write that, Ricketts makes a hash of clearing a long punt and Antonio almost gets a shot in on goal.

3:02pm

Afobe hassles a corner out of Llera.

3:01pm

And we're underway. Eagles on right, Petrov left, looks like two up front from the start.

2:58pm

Both sets of players out on the pitch now. Kick off moments away.

2:55pm

Wondering how long it will be before the Gary Megson banter starts? Not a packed house by any means, but a good away following of around 2,500-3,000.

2:54pm

Although I was always more of a Sheffield United man, to be honest.

2:53pm

Ecuador belting out at the Reebok pre-kick off. Reminds me a bit of Gatecrasher in my Sheffield days...

2:51pm

Although that might just be the turkey talking...

2:51pm

Quite fancy Wanderers for a win today. Plumping for 2-0.

2:50pm

So long as the players fancy the conditions a bit more than they did at London Road, we'll be fine.

2:50pm

Rain, rain, go away...

2:43pm

 
Think Sordell will get some more game time again today. Showed up quite well at Peterborough. But like you say, the defence has got to be 10 times better today to stand a chance of winning the game.

2:40pm

 
A few names have cropped up in the last couple of days but this is the first chance I'll have to check them out. If they're in the paper tomorrow, they are Kosher!

2:39pm

Sheffield Wednesday was Coyle's last victory as Bolton boss. Alonso and Mark Davies scoring that day.

2:37pm

 
Haven't spoken to the player himself (not put up for the press after the Peterborough game) but would be surprised if he doesn't turn up in January one way or another.

2:36pm

As things stand, Freedman has taken charge of 10 games and taken 14 points. Coyle took charge of 10 games and took 10 points.

2:35pm

Certainly an attacking line-up. Would like to see Eagles play in behind the striker as opposed to coming in off the wing. Think he could make more of an impact.

2:34pm

2:28pm

 
Would imagine 4-2-3-1, with Spearing and Andrews as sitters. Afobe on the right, interchanging with Ngog?

2:28pm

I just finished the first half of my turkey on the way out. Went nice with a bit of chutney... Only another 9lbs to go!

2:27pm

2:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

boltonnut says

I just hope the players didn't eat as much turkey as I did.

2:26pm

Keith Andrews is the captain today too, in Kevin Davies's absence.

2:24pm

Good to see Joe Riley on the bench today. First time in while.

2:23pm

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Gardner, Llera, Prutton, McCabe, Sidibe, Lee, Helan, Antonio

Subs: Bywater, Taylor, Mattock, Lines, Madine, O'Grady, J Johnson

2:22pm

Team: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Spearing, Andrews, Petrov, Afobe, Ngog

Subs: Lonergan, Chung-Yong, Butterfield, Sordell, Pratley, Alonso, Riley

2:19pm

Out go suspended Kevin Davies, Stephen Warnock (returned to Villa), Chung-Yong Lee and Jacob Butterfield.

2:18pm

In come Tim Ream, Benik Afobe, David Ngog and Martin Petrov...

2:18pm

So four changes to the Wanderers line up today...

1:59pm

A crowd of around 20,000 expected here today, I'm told.

1:58pm

It's pouring down at the Reebok but it looks as though the pitch will hold the mositure a little better than London Road.

1:57pm

Still can't get that performance out of my head. One thing about football, though, is that moods can quickly change. And a good win against Wednesday (hopefully followed by one against Birmingham) can see us go into 2013 feeling a bit better about ourselves. What do you think?

1:55pm

Hello everyone - hope you had a nice Christmas! Welcome to another Matchday Live and hopefully an altogether more enjoyable one than we had at Peterborough the other day...

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2:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

I just hope the players didn't eat as much turkey as I did.
I just hope the players didn't eat as much turkey as I did. boltonnut

5:08pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Pi says...

They didn't eat too much turkey.
They are turkey's!!
They didn't eat too much turkey. They are turkey's!! Pi

9:17pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Reebok Al says...

I don't want to be having a go at the new management team just yet, but the Wanderers are starting these games in a way that suggests inadequate preparation.
Last season I thought the ability of around half the players was championship level, now I'm beginning to think I might have been overestimating their abilities. I've already been convinced about their levels of desire and determination.
I don't want to be having a go at the new management team just yet, but the Wanderers are starting these games in a way that suggests inadequate preparation. Last season I thought the ability of around half the players was championship level, now I'm beginning to think I might have been overestimating their abilities. I've already been convinced about their levels of desire and determination. Reebok Al

8:11am Fri 28 Dec 12

Wigan Trotter says...

I am beginning to suspect that some of the players, especially the one's signed by Megson know they are going to be replaced.
I am beginning to suspect that some of the players, especially the one's signed by Megson know they are going to be replaced. Wigan Trotter

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