FT: Sheff Wed 3 Oldham 0
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Last Updated: 09/04/12 2:41pm
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That is now four wins in a row for Wednesday and five defeats in a row for OldhamAnd that is full-time. Wednesday win 3-0 and go second in League One.Llera goes down in a lot of pain. He went to kick the ball clear and kicked the bottom of Marsh-Browns boot.Game coming towards a scrappy climax, as Oldham pump the ball long and Wednesday look to run down the clockOldham pushing everyone forward, and are nearly caught out at the back as Wednesday counter, 3 on 3, but Bouzanis takes the crossthree minutes added timeLong throw into the Wednesday box. Flick on falls to Simpson, who tries to hook the ball towards the goal but it is well overOldham starting to press higher up the pitch again and push more men forward, but too little to lateLate corner for Oldham. But yet again they don't make the most of it.Oldham change. Belezika on. Tarkowski offThat is the end of his game. He has gone straight down the tunnelNow Tarkowski is down. Doesn't seem to know where he is. Looks dizzyTreacy flies in on Marsh-Brown. The ball was bouncing so both players had high feet. Marsh-Brown came off worse and went for a tumble. Referee has a word with the Wednesday manChipped ball down the left flank finds Treacy. He sends in a pin point cross. Tarkowski caught in no-mans-land. And Lowe scores with his first touch. Wednesday look to be going secondGOAL!!!!!!!!!! Lowe scores with his first touchOldham change. Tounkara on. Kuqi on.Wednesday change. Lowe on. Ranger off.Furman takes a knock to the head as Madine went for it with his foot and the Oldham captain with his head. He's ok thoughDrop ball gets us underway again. Wednesday give it back to BouzanisThen as Oldham looked to build again, Marsh-Browns pass to Simpson allowed Beevers to slide in. Good tackle but Simpson has stayed down. Ref stops playSimpsons corner. Headed away. Simpson gets a second chance. But it is a terrible deliveryThrough-ball from Simpson sends Marsh-Brown in. Corner to OldhamOldham need to score soon if they want something from this game. Lee's cross is to deep for Simpson. But at least now Oldham are out of their own half for more than a few secondsEverytime Antonio gets the ball Oldham look in trouble. He nearly got Wednesday in again there. Pass was just cut out.Wednesday attack once more and win a corner. Bit of a scramble at the back. It falls to Llera. Great first touch. But his shot goes just overMore great play from Antonio. Tracks back wins the ball. Holds off a physical tackle. Feeds the ball to Madine, who tried to square it back to him, but it was cut out. Maybe should have gone himself.Oldham change. Morais off. Marsh-Brown onHere come the Owls again. Antonio gets into the box far to easily. Poor attempts at tackles by Simpson and Furman. Treacy has a shot from the driven cross but puts it wideGreat delievery from the free-kick. No-one is marking Llera, free run at the goal. 6 yards out, he gets up and powers his scrum cap onto the ball, past the helpless BouzanisGOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Llera doubles the leadDelay in play as Beevers and Simpson wrestle in the box. Simpson goes flying to the deck.This time Oldham take the throw short. They work it across the back line. Llera plays it long to the corner. madine wins a free-kick from Simpson.Antonio in space on the right. Good covering from Furman to help on his defence. Chance for a long throw from the winger. Oldham head it away.Long punt up the pitch. Brown wins the header for Oldham. Treacy picks it up on half way. Bursts at the goal, but shoots high and wideAnd there is another. Treacy has an easy 4 yard pass to find Beevers, but over hits it and Oldham get a throwThings just not working for Wednesday in the second half. Too many passes not finding their targets, and too many poor touchesWednesday change. Treacy comes on. Johnson offTarkowski goes down holding his face. Caught by the arm of Ranger when challenging for the ballLong ball down the park. Oldham win the throw. Furman crosses, Bywater takes, but Kuqi goes to ground. Feels he was pulled down there. But nothing in itWednesday now trying to get their passing game going. But good pressure from Oldham. Pressing high up the pitch. Forces Llera to panic and send the ball longIt will be a bounce ball the on half way. Wednesday give it back to Bouzanis. The thing is when the game was stopped Oldham were on the edge of the Wednesday box. Now the ball is back in their ownFurman goes in hard on Lines. Good tackle though. He got the ball cleanly. Referee stops play to let the Owls man get treatmentThings are just a bit scrappy at the moment. Not the same passing action as we saw in the first half.Swung it, Wednesday head it clear, second header though won by Oldham on the dge of the box. Simpson wins a free-kick on the edge of the box. Latics take it quickly. And that was a fantastic last ditch sliding tackle to prevent that chance. Great defending from WednesdayLots of pressure being put on the Wednesday defence. Kuqi forces Bywater to slice it out for a throw. Oldham keep pressing. Corner won off BatthSimpson decides to try his luck from distance. Pulls the shot wide. Good start from OldhamFirst chance on the second half. Kuqi bursts forward. But shoots straight at BywaterUnderway again then in SheffieldHalf time change for Wednesday. Beevers on. Buxton offOwls fan April giving indepth thoughts - Too many mistakes from both sides. Poor decisions from officials. Poor attempts on goal. Especially Johnson seems to only see the net and not other players.Nearly time for the second half. Hoping it's as entertaing as the first. Better than many a Champions League game I've covered so farLatest odds on SkyBet Sheff Wed 1/6 Draw 5/1 Oldham 16/1Smiggy - happy days now they goal machine has bagged!! Up the owls!! Think well go on and get another 2 now!!Somni feeling nervous after the first 45 - Great to see Madine getting back into the goals, this game is still tight though, Owls need another goal early in the second half to settle nervesKeith Stroud brings the first half to a close. It is Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 OldhamOne final chance for Wednesday. Drilled across the face of the goal. Bouzanis pushes it away from the goal. And that is the end of the first halfSmiggy on Twitter - Stuck at work on a bank holiday!! Can't watch the game so got @willeslersport keeping me updated on sky!! Come on wednesday! I'd take a 1-0Eddie via Twitter - Latics fan hoping for a draw at hillsbrough but im not counting out a win after winning at shef utdReplay of Adeyemi's penalty claim shows contact with both Batth and Llera. But may have been outside the box.Llera makes the tackle deep in his own half. And starts on a run down the left flank. Whips in a fantastic cross, and Madine powers the header home for his 18th league goal of the seasonGOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Madine puts Wednesday aheadAdeyemi goes down at the other end. He wants a penalty given. Wednesday clear it. Oldham build again. Good cross from Diallo. And it hits Simpson on his standing leg. And goes just inches wide.Bouzanis punches it to the edge of the box. Furman has a swing and misses the ball. Antonio picks it up. Crosses, but gets too much on it. And it's behind for a goal kickMistake from Brown, gifts Wednesday their first corner of the match. Could this be costly?Lines goes close for Wednesday. Lee had got a good cross into the box. Antonio then did some fantastic work to win the ball, hold off a couple of defenders and keep possession. He rolled it to Lines. One touch out of his feet. And curled it just wide of the far post.Oldham finally get the ball ont he deck. Morais runs at the Owls defence, but Oldham can't find a way through. And it goes all the way back to BouzanisA lot of free-kicks given in the last couple of minutes. It is breaking up the flow of the game as the long punts are sent up the parkJohnson and Antonio have swapped sides. But nothing comes from Johnson's run. Instead its Kuqi coming forward for Oldham. Gives it to Bunn, then trips his man off the ball. Shocking. Deserved to be booked for that strange tackle. Only a free-kick given.Here comes Antonio on the left wing. Plays a one-two, but as the return pass comes, he loses his footing and falls over. He would have been unmarked, just inside the box.But the battle is continuing off the ball. Madine and Tarkowski having a few niggles and pushes.Long ball forward. Madine takes a blow to the hea challenging Tarkowski. Goes down. Referee Keith Stroud stops the play and wants to get the physio on. But Madine jumps up. He's made of tough stuffHe quickly throws it up the pitch and Antonio is onto it. Bearing down on goal, but shoots wide.Tarkowski wins the header, Bywater takes itSimpson's outswinger. Mad scramble at the back. Adeyemi can't get a touch to send it goalwards. Another corner.Now Oldham are on the break. Bunn has a pop at the near post. CornerSimpson comes across to the near side to take the corner. Bywater takes it. Wednesday look to counter. But it goes all the way to Bouzanis.Here it comes. Llera heads behind.Buxton with a foul on the left and a chance for Simpson to send a long free-kick into the box.Morais looking very dangerous. Tricks his way past a couple of Wednesday players and gets another good ball in. Great to see so much wing play todayKai via Twitter - Wycombe fan here, could really do with a Wednesday win to keep us in touch with Oldham and the rest. I'm saying 2 - 0!Back up the other end, dangerous low cross into the six yard box by Morais. Bywater doesn't deal with it,, parries it back into the box. But it doesn't fall to an Oldham player and Wednesday scramble it awayFurman with a poor pass in the middle of the park. Antonio bursts onto it at speed. One-on-one, but Bouzanis makes the saveCross comes in. Tarkowski beats two defenders to the ball, but then used his hand to tee up Adeyemi. Ref doesn't see it, but the winger blasts overIn it comes. High and floated to the back post. Tarkowski can't get a header on goal, but Oldham still pushing high up the pitchLlera heads the floated corss behind for a corner. Goes over everyone, but Bunn recovers it on the other side and wins another corner.Oldham win a free-kick just inside the Wednesday half. Chance for Morais to pump one into the box.Been some good work from Oldham in the opening 15 minutes. But they are yet to test Bywater.Good work from Madine, working the channels and freeing up space for Antonio to burst into. Nothing comes of it on this occasionGood work by Johnson. Wednesday win the ball back in the middle of the park. Johnson picks it up. And runs at the Oldham defence. has a decent effort. Another good save from BouzanisFast paced start. Been an entertaining opening periodFree-kick though comes to nothing. And Wednesday get a goal-kickMorais with some tricks on the right. Runs into Johnson. Perhaps should have had a free-kick the first time. But gets one the second time. Paul Dickov going mad on the touch line with the refCharlie via email - 4-0 Sheff Wednesday, easy, Antonio to score first!Lee gets a good cross in towards the back post. and perhaps Oldham shoudl have done better there. Header goes over.End-to-end stuff. Now Oldham have a corner. Headed away but they still have a throw in a dangerous area.Antonio then pops up on the other side. Decides to have a go from distance. Skips up off the surface in front of Bouzanis, but the keeper does well.Antonio taking on Diallo, and easily beating him for pace as he goes the byline. Tug on his shirt, but stayed up in the box.John via Twitter - 3-0 owls c'mon!!First ball is headed away by a Wednesday head, but only as far as Furman. He has a pop from the edge of the box, but drags his shot wide.Bennett penalised for a foul on Bunn. Very soft. But a chance for Oldham to get a ball into the box from a dangerous area.Antonio already showing signs of his pace. Could be a threat on the right wing today.Owls mad April says - 3-0 easyAntonio bursts in from the right. Has a pop. His shot is blocked. Chance for a long throw. Antonio takes. Bouzanis takesLess than a minute played and Bunn goes in the book for a tackle near the half way lineAnd Wednesday get us underwaySkyBet have Madine favourite to score first for Wednesday at 3/1. Kuqi 9/1 to score first for OldhamFancy a Flutter??? SkyBet odds - Sheff Wed 4/11 Draw 4/1 Oldham 15/2Keith Stroud then leads the teams out onto the pitchOldham's last win here..........March 1924. A 2-1 victoryAndy's an Oldham fan - Come on Latics, we did it against the Blades, dig in for a big win!!Russ says - 2-1 to WednesdayChris via Twitter - 2-0 to the Owls!!!!!!And today's benches.
Sheff Wed subs: Weaver, Prutton, Treacy, Beevers, Lowe.
Oldham subs: Gerrard, M'changama, Marsh-Brown, Tounkara, Belezika.
Somni via Email - Its good to see the Owls put out an attacking team, we need to win today to keep the pressure on. I predict a close game, but Owls to win 2-1Dan via Twitter - Wednesday 3-1 Oldham. Gotta stay positive!Adam's been in touch via email and is looking for a win - come on oldham!! due a win and todays the day. kuqi and simpson 2-0Oldham Starting XI: Bouzanis, Brown, Morais, Furman, Simpson, Adeyemi, Diallo, Tarkowski, Lee, Kuqi, BunnSheff Wed Starting XI: Bywater, Buxton, Llera, Batth, Bennett, Antonio, Semedo, Lines, J. Johnson, Ranger, MadineIt is a very even record head to head. 15 wins for Wednesday. 14 for Oldham. And 14 drawsA win today would move Wednesday above rivals United and into the automatic promotion spots, although a draw would for the Blades against Rochdale on Tuesday night would be enough to move them back into second on goal differenceBy contrast Oldham have lost their last four games in the league dropping down League One. They are only six points clear of the drop and still not safeWednesday head into this game in good form after winning five of their last six gamesGet in contact during the coverage with your comments and predictions. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet - @WillEslerSportGood afternoon. It's an Easter Monday lunch-time kick off at Hillsborough where Sheffield Wednesday host Oldham