MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1
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That's it. 1-0 Wednesday and more boos around the Reebok. Might need some booze to write my match report back. Very poor.
Knight's cross, Ngog heads well wide. Looks like that's it for Wanderers.
Wednesday fans in top voice. Many Wanderers leaving now...
Four minutes added time.
Subs have not made much of an impact. All a bit drab.
Rather dull stuff at the moment folks.
Alonso on for Ricketts and Sordell on for Eagles. Interesting.
Sordell about to come on.
Kirkland denies Afobe from close range. Header from Ricketts' cross.
Not a substitution met with much delight from the terraces.
Chungy on for Petrov
Thankfully, Wednedsay's defence looks well capable of making a mistake too.
Eagles shot from distance doesn't worry Kirkland.
Afobe wriggles free on the right, gets a good cross in but Ngog can only deflect it towards goal and it trickles wide.
Lee does something similar at the other end... corner to Whites
Buxton's cross from the right hooked nervously over the bar by Mears.
Gangnam Style playing us into the second half... Will be having a word with Colin McGreavy about that one...
Ready for the second half.
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.
Petrov whips a free kick in from the right but Kirkland pushes it away to safety.
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.
And they are lucky not to be two down. Lee twists and turns past Ricketts and drills a shot, thankfully straight at Bogdan.
Can't expect a great reaction from the home side at the break.
Nothing coming off for Ngog in the last half-hour. Afobe has shown plenty of running but nothing in front of goal yet.
Life has just dropped out of Wanderers' early enterprise in possession. Wednesday's more direct style proving effective now.
Sidibe comes close to a second, just failing to get a telling touch on McCabe's corner.
It's Sidibe's first goal since signing from Stoke on loan.
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.
Lewis Buxton cross from the right, and Sidibe beat Ream to head home.
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.
And there we have the first Megson chant. Won't repeat it here though, eh...
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!
Good cross from Petrov, arched inches over Ngog's head or else he'd have had a clear route to goal.
First big chance for Wanderers. To give them credit, they look much more up for this game than they did on Saturday.
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.
Sting taken out of the game a little now.
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.
Petrov whips a cross into the side netting. Much more urgency from the Whites from the start. Rain driving down, though.
To think we were nearly 2-0 down at Peterborough by this stage...
Ref just stopped play to kick a bottle away, which had strayed on to the touchline.
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.
Afobe hassles a corner out of Llera.
And we're underway. Eagles on right, Petrov left, looks like two up front from the start.
Both sets of players out on the pitch now. Kick off moments away.
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.
Although I was always more of a Sheffield United man, to be honest.
Ecuador belting out at the Reebok pre-kick off. Reminds me a bit of Gatecrasher in my Sheffield days...
Although that might just be the turkey talking...
Quite fancy Wanderers for a win today. Plumping for 2-0.
So long as the players fancy the conditions a bit more than they did at London Road, we'll be fine.
Rain, rain, go away...
@MarcIles would have liked to see Sordell start with ngog. Attackin lineup looks good, defence poor as ever although cant really change much— @icedgraphics 26 December 2012
@MarcIles Any news on new arrivals in Jan?— @bwfc_85 26 December 2012
Sheffield Wednesday was Coyle's last victory as Bolton boss. Alonso and Mark Davies scoring that day.
@MarcIles any news on warnock returning?— @smeghead54 26 December 2012
As things stand, Freedman has taken charge of 10 games and taken 14 points. Coyle took charge of 10 games and took 10 points.
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.
@MarcIles looks 424 !!! Attack attack attack . Keep ball away from our defence !!!!— @WatkiBolton 26 December 2012
@MarcIles Know what formation we are playing?— @jcook95 26 December 2012
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!
2:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12
I just hope the players didn't eat as much turkey as I did.
Keith Andrews is the captain today too, in Kevin Davies's absence.
Good to see Joe Riley on the bench today. First time in while.
Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Gardner, Llera, Prutton, McCabe, Sidibe, Lee, Helan, Antonio
Subs: Bywater, Taylor, Mattock, Lines, Madine, O'Grady, J Johnson
Team: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, Spearing, Andrews, Petrov, Afobe, Ngog
Subs: Lonergan, Chung-Yong, Butterfield, Sordell, Pratley, Alonso, Riley
Out go suspended Kevin Davies, Stephen Warnock (returned to Villa), Chung-Yong Lee and Jacob Butterfield.
In come Tim Ream, Benik Afobe, David Ngog and Martin Petrov...
So four changes to the Wanderers line up today...
A crowd of around 20,000 expected here today, I'm told.
It's pouring down at the Reebok but it looks as though the pitch will hold the mositure a little better than London Road.
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?
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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