Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 0 Albion

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A long  journey yesterday, ultimately unsatisfactory. It started well enough on the train up – plenty of Guinness, and after a swift pint near Sheffield station, then a couple more in the away-fan friendly Horse and Jockey, into the Leppings Lane stand for 2.30pm.

The crowd of 18,674, including about 1500 Albionites, wasn’t the loudest, with our lot very subdued. But Hillsborough is a lovely old ground, even when half-full. I only managed these four pictures, after an over-zealous clem of a steward threatened to get me evicted when he saw my camera – citing copyright laws.

Wednesday are a better side than us, and it showed for large parts of this match. They are strong, fast and attack using the full width of the park; have no doubt – this team will be thereabouts next May, top three, possibly Champions. That’s not to say we were poor, because being ever so slightly outclassed we still battled well, even after the home side should have seen red twice.

Albion did enough to earn a point, but we were never going to beat Wednesday. Angerken had a good afternoon – he needed one – but wasn’t close to their well taken goal. The back four were edgy, especially El-Abd, who was visibly unnerved after fatboy Mellor floored him early on and walked away without even mild rebuke from the ref. Captaincy has improved Inigo Calderon’s game, but he still doesn’t look like the flying full back of last season.

It was in another battling midfield display that our best players were – Smith, Dicker, and Kishishev, the latter being my man of the match again. Murray and Barnes had a tough time against a very solid Sheffield back four, the most impressive part of a very good side.

I was lucky getting home – leaving just before the 90 was up I walked past the lines of coppers and only just caught the eye of a speeding Hackney cab driver. He got me to Sheffield station in time for the 1725 to St. Pancras, the tubes were kind and after getting a bottle of plonk at Victoria I was back in the house drinking it by 9:30pm, result.

The Hovian’s Team performance :  6 out 10

The Hovian’s Man of the Match :  Radostin Kishishev

Npower League One table

Sunday, 22 August 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full Npower League One table
1 Carlisle 3 5 7
2 Oldham 3 4 7
3 Charlton 3 3 7
4 Sheff Wed 3 3 7
5 Bournemouth 3 6 6
6 Peterborough 3 1 6
7 Walsall 3 1 6
8 Hartlepool 3 2 5
9 Colchester 3 1 5
10 Huddersfield 3 1 4
11 Brighton 3 0 4
12 Plymouth 3 0 4
13 Bristol R 3 -2 4
14 MK Dons 2 -2 3
15 Yeovil 3 -2 3
16 Notts County 3 -5 3
17 Exeter 2 0 2
18 Swindon 3 -1 2
19 Rochdale 3 -1 2
20 Southampton 2 -1 1
21 Leyton Orient 3 -3 1
22 Brentford 3 -3 1
23 Tranmere 3 -4 1
24 Dag & Red 2 -3 0

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4 Responses to “Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 0 Albion”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    blimey mate your journey back was a result.
    after listening to the game and a long reflection the only sour point was the Ref, the result was down to bad finishing by our players and that will come good eventually and hopefully in time to climb the table for a good finish.
    25 goal a season striker my bet would be Simon Cox as I don’t think he will make WBA’s 25 man squad and he is affordable,I would also have a punt on Mr Lua-Lua as I don’t think he will make the 25 either.
    Anyways there will be so many good players up for grabs when the window is about to close and I suspect Gus and Tano have a huge list of players to take in order.
    Ok I will put my neck on the line and say we will probably take 5 players …………we’ll see.

    G

    • The Hovian Says:

      Cox would be a good bet mate, Ash Barnes’ season hasn’t started yet and Murray was well marked at Hillsborough.

      Still, we could and should have drawn this one

  2. jon Says:

    Love the top pic – the bloke sitting on his tod (Why did he choose that seat?). I’ve never been but Hillsborough must be huge.

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