Sheffield Wed 3 Blackburn 2 Brace With Grace JJ Eyes Leeds Repeat.
Sheffield Wednesday needed two moments of shear class from Jermaine Johnson to beat Blackburn who did more than enough to earn a share of the spoils. But the Owls are on the prowl, with Millwall Tuesday and the Yorkshire Derby against Leeds at Elland Road next week. The battle is not over and could yet run until the away trip at Peterborough on the last day. But hey, come what may, the Owls will look to quality to have the final say.
A Massive thanks to The Owls for the free tickets given out on a visit to the fantastic Sheffield Children’s hospital. Alas the lad was still too ill to make it, but this was a trip that brought a smile to the face of his Dad, a great mate, who spends his life at his side or by his phone, with a season ticket few of us would envy. We showed him this TOUR of the ground. Thankfully, Football, the People’s game, still has the power to lift and giants like the Owls treasure their roots. For this and the spirit shown, let us hope they and their fans return to whence they belong and like all with illness, the cure is soon.
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Sheffield Wednesday – Blackburn Rovers
Rhodes (Pen) 12 J Johnson 20 & 78 Lita (Pen) 35 Dann 71
The teams & Schemes
Dave Jones favours 4-2-3-1
1 Kirkland (Y-12)
2 Buxton 32 Llera 4 Gardner (C + Y-36) 3 R Johnson (Y-78)
28 Coke 23 Olofinjana (Y-67)
11 J Johnson (Y-72) 22 Holden 15 Helan
43 Bywater 5 Taylor 16 McCabe 20 Lee 25 Prutton 10 Maguire 29 Howard
Gary Bowyer favours 4-4-1-1
19 Kane (Y-84) 16 Dann 31 Hanley (Y-69) 24 Morris (Y-34)
17 Williamson (Y-60) 8 Dunn (Y-33) 6 Lowe 32 Jones
57 Kazim-Richards on for Stewart, 63 King on for Williamson
Gomes, Givet, Pedersen, Kazim-Richards, King , Usai, Rekik
But to the game fellow football fans, to the game…….
The heckles rise as High Ho Sheffield Wednesday unites the congregation to an Owl, at the magnificent Hillsborough Cathedral. Wednesday are quick out of the traps, but early promise comes to nought. Rovers begin to dominate the midfield, with Rhodes going close. A long ball sees Rhodes get the better of Llera and in the confusion Kirkland strides forth, in a ploy straight from Twickenham, to take out Dunn for a stonewall twelfth minute penalty. Referee East fortunately brandishes yellow, though all would agree he got little right all afternoon. A second heart stopping moment sees Rhodes send Kirkland the wrong way for the lead.
The band plays on prompting the Owls to prowl with the particularly graceful but powerful fowl, Johnson, aka JJ, ruffling the feathers of Morris. The left back has an interesting half to say the least, perhaps equally artful Dodger Dunn, is a mentor. Moments after being elbowed to the floor JJ, picks himself up, moves wings, twists and turns before ending a fun run with his right-foot gun. From all of 20-yards he side-foots firmly into the far corner, of the hallowed Spion Kop.
But wait there was more to come. Another slick, irresistible run saw the irrepressible force denied by Sandomierski, at full stretch. But Leroy Lita, at times like a lone sparrow between the eager eagles of Dann and Hanley would have his chance to make an impression or two. A deep cross finds Reda Johnson, who is fouled by Morris, giving the referee no option but to grant a second penalty. Lita finishes high and into the corner with aplomb. A sumptuous flick from JJ then frees Lita, he advancesd shoots true but Sandomierski makes himself big to save the day.
Both managers keep the faith, with Dunn taking the game by the scruff of the neck. He was at the centre oh the whines, wingmanship and songs. The Owls were spooked as Dunn fires wide, then tamely taps into Kirkland’s grateful gloves. A free-kick from Jones is but a fivers breadth over the bar. Wednesday then fail to clear, giving Jones all the time in the world to conjure a cross to Dann unmarked at the far post. His towering header loops into the far corner from a good 15 yards.
Wednesday withstand the onslaught, mindful of defeat and a home form that would test the faith of a saint. The Owls are losing everything in the middle, leaving the back four and fantastic support to fight a spirited rear-guard action to preserve their sacred Spion Kop goal. The introduction of Kazim-Richards sees a save from Kirkland and another promising move end with the sub putting just the wrong-side of the near post.
But saviour JJ, the jewel that is Johnson, harnesses the hopes and expection of this heraldic citadel, to add pride to his stride. The faithful sense something as he demands the ball from Helen. He twists and turns, before releasing an unstoppable 25 yard drive into the far corner to turn the game. A brilliant strike, worth the gate money alone, to ice a brace of beauty and grace. The Band played up the curious proud, perhaps tweeting of the Owls, was set in motion to their song as they bobbed and bounced around the stadium to will their heroes home.
Maguire, JJ’s replacement, could have added a fourth but for a point-blank save from Sandomierski. That would have been unjust on a gamely Blackburn side. They find themselves in the bottom 3, winess on their travel in 2013, but certainly not for the want of trying. They are hardly leaving up to their Rovers name at the moment. But then since sacking long-ball Allerdyce, these new owners have done little but tinker and break the spirit of a the club that Jack built.
Sheffield Wednesday – Blackburn Rovers
shots on includes goals and saves includes crosses claimed
51% Ball 49%
9 Shots on 7
6 Misses 9
5 Saves 6
5 Corners 8
2 Offside 4
21 Fouls 16
5 Yellows 5
0 Reds 0
Championship Standings 6/4/13