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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Town - Half-Time
Saturday, 16th Apr 2016 16:00

Fernando Forestieri’s 42nd minute goal has given Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 half-time lead over the Blues at Hillsborough.

The Town starting line-up featured five changes with David McGoldrick making his first start since October, while Kevin Bru, Jonathan Douglas, Liam Feeney and Tommy Smith also returned to the team.

Luke Varney (hamstring) and Cole Skuse dropped out through injury, Luke Hyam due to suspension, while Ben Pringle moved to the bench and Ainsley Maitland-Niles was left out of the 18.

Andre Dozzell was amongst the senior subs for a second time, alongside fellow youngsters Adam McDonnell and Myles Kenlock.

The Blues, wearing their orange third kit, started in a 4-4-2 system with Feeney on the left and Kevin Foley on the right, Bru and Douglas in the middle and McGoldrick and Freddie Sears up front.

Town threatened for the first time in the third minute when Sears escaped down the left but his low cross was cut out.

The former Colchester man came close to opening the scoring a minute later when he was sent away on the left following a quickly taken freekick - too quickly according to the home players - but Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood diverted his shot from a tight angle wide.

The Owls’ first chance came from a ninth minute Ross Wallace corner on the right but Daniel Pudil headed well over.

The Blues were having the better of the opening spell and on 11 McGoldrick, who spent time on loan at Hillsborough in 2011, turned a shot a couple of yards wide of Westwood’s right post.

The Wednesday keeper came close to creating a goal in the 17th minute when his long kick deceived Christophe Berra, allowing Kieran Lee to take the ball down and find Lucas Joao, who broke into the box and hit a low shot across Bartosz Bialkowski but wide of his right post.

Three minutes later, with the Owls now on top, Joao was sent away through on goal on the left by Pudil but was thwarted by the advancing Bialkowski.

On 28 Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens headed wide from another Wallace right-sided corner.

Three minutes later, the Owls broke down the left and Wallace whipped over a dangerous ball which Bialkowski punched against Bru at the edge of the box with the ball falling to the Mauritius international rather than a home player. After his initial clearance had cannoned back into the area, Bru eventually saw the ball out for a goalkick.

Barry Bannan scraped a shot wide in the 38th minute after good work from Joao on the right with Wednesday still in charge and with Town rarely getting into the final third.

Three minutes later the home side came even closer when a dangerous ball from the right appeared to catch both Blues skipper Luke Chambers and Fernando Forestieri as it flew across the six-yard area before being claimed by a grateful Bialkowski.

But a minute later the Owls went in front. Wallace crossed from the left, Berra’s stooping header hit Joao and fell to Forestieri, who smashed the loose ball past Bialkowski from 10 yards.

Neither side threatened again before the break with the Owls going in deservedly in front.

Having made a bright start with Sears having had a couple of opportunities, the Blues had allowed the home side to get on top and Wednesday might have gone in front prior to Forestieri’s goal with Bialkowski doing well to save from Joao when the Portuguese striker was through on goal.

Town have a lot of work to do in the second half to claim the win which would reignite their play-off hopes.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Loovens, Lees, Pudil, Wallace, Bannan, Lopez, Lee, Joao, Forestieri. Subs: Wildsmith, Sasso, Bennett, McGugan, Matias, Hooper, Nuhiu.

Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Douglas, Bru, Foley, Feeney, Sears, McGoldrick. Subs: Gerken, Digby, Kenlock, McDonnell, Dozzell, Pringle, Pitman. Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

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jas0999 added 16:04 - Apr 16
Nothing to lose now. Let's go for it.
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essexboy added 16:16 - Apr 16
Wish I had stayed at home.This really is terrible.Just a couple of shots on target,we don't look like scoring and there seems little interest from some.Good to see Dozell come on though.Doubt I will go to anymore away games this season.😡😡
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Ipswichtown4life added 16:20 - Apr 16
bye bye...another season in the championship
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blueherts added 16:25 - Apr 16
A must win game must AND WE CREATE , SO FAR 2 shots
This is a real problem in the way we set up

Insist on having 6 men back with 2 holding WHY ?

Dozzell coming on is one of the few bright spots
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blueherts added 16:25 - Apr 16
A must win game must AND WE CREATE , SO FAR 2 shots
This is a real problem in the way we set up

Insist on having 6 men back with 2 holding WHY ?

Dozzell coming on is one of the few bright spots
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blueherts added 16:25 - Apr 16
Ever since Niles games vs Bolton not really had a look in
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roytheboy added 16:27 - Apr 16
Home or away, it matters not, when we go a goal down there is very little likelyhood of us winning these days, a draw normally seems the best we can hope for when we go behind, serious changes required at ITFC I regret to say.
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essexboy added 16:34 - Apr 16
Good header from Dozzell.came out of nothing as we have been dire.👍
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JimmyP45 added 16:37 - Apr 16
Makes me angry as an Ipswich fan. Have been so poor for so many games and Mick is too stubborn to drop his favourite players who offer nothing every week. A 16 year old on his debut has only needed 26 minutes to make an impact.
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midastouch added 16:46 - Apr 16
It's taken Andre Dozzell just 26 minutes to do what it takes Cole Excuse to do once a season, i.e. score!!! Finally, we have something to get excited about! I've weighed in on Mick lately as his midfield selections of late bore me tears! But regardless of the result today, he deserves some credit for putting a more positive and attacking line up out there, that's what so many of us have been crying out for. Early season he put out some decent line ups, and until we got thumped by Reading it was looking very promising indeed! I know Ryan Fraser was key when we were top early season and he's a huge loss. However, lately Mick has gone mega negative in his selections and he has to take responsibility. But today he's put out a team that on paper is much more exciting than anything he has of late. And regardless of the final result, I think he deserves some credit for being more brave in his team selection. Thank God for Andre Dozzell! A chip off the old block scoring on his debut like his old man! BLUE ARMY!!!
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midastouch added 16:53 - Apr 16
JimmyP45, can't agree more. Thank God AD has finally been given a chance. The only thing that still annoys the hell out of me, is that if he'd of been given a chance a few weeks ago in front of Cole Excuse, we could of been looking at the Play Offs this season possibly. You'll never get promoted playing negative side passers Excuse and Hyam. You only need 1 water carrier in a team, not 2 or 3!!!
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bluey123 added 16:58 - Apr 16
Garbage McCarthy OUT awful performance this man is is becoming one of the worst managers in our history getting close to Keane and Jewell get rid so we can build for the future
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oldegold added 17:18 - Apr 16
Clearly given the circumstances, we needed to take the game to the opposition and go for broke but with this manager ( as I have been writing for nigh on 3 years now with chilling proficiency ) it's not going to happen. Safety first, hoofing, go for a point play as usual.Liverpool /Borussia Dortmund the other night was a case in point of how modern football has evolved. Last week 42 minutes to get our first real shot in...today no different. We simply can't go on with a manager who lacks the bottle for a fight, plays below par teams in Cup matches and is not up to the fight.Big changes will have to be rung otherwise our decline will continue unabated.....
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blueherts added 18:07 - Apr 16
'Hoof 'the not so magic Dragon
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