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Matchday live: Sheffield Wednesday v AFC Bournemouth
Updated 4:56pm Saturday 21st December 2013 in Sport
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- Sheffield Wednesday 1 (Maghoma, 82) Cherries 2 (Ritchie, 10, Grabban, 27)
- Cherries: Camp, Francis, Ward, Elphick, Daniels, Fraser, Arter, O’Kane, Surman, Ritchie, Grabban.
- Subs: Harte, Addison, MacDonald, Pugh, Pitman, Rantie, Allsop.
- Owls: Martinez, Reda Johnson, Semedo, Roger Johnson, Maghoma, J Johnson, Coke, Lee, Palmer, Liera, Nuhiu.
- Subs: Kirkland, McCabe, Helan, Mattock, Corry, McPhail, Savic.
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Owls 1 Cherries 2
Sub: Pitman for Grabban, 90+3 mins
Four minutes of added time
Grabban through but shot is saved
Sub: Surman off, MacDonald on 85 mins
Maghoma pounced from close range after Cherries had failed to defend a hopeful high cross
Sub: JJ off, Mattock on, 80 mins
Grabban celebrates @Bournemouthecho #afcb http://t.co/wVaM9XrsHb— @RichardBmthEcho 21 December 2013
Arter goes down after taking a whack in the head
Elphick wins another header
Owls trying to apply some pressure but not making a very good fist of it
Ritchie robs Liera and sends a left foot shot over the bar
Sub: Pugh for Fraser, 72 mins
Liera free-kick over the bar, closest Owls have come
Foul by Elphick
JJ shot draws sarcastic chants from Cherries fans and home fans
Helan and Savic on for Nuhiu and Semedo - 66 mins
Couple of subs coming up for Owls
Ref Jeremy Simpson is most lenient I've seen for years
Lecture for Ward after his foul on Nuhiu.
Poor pass from Grabban otherwise Surman would have been in
Liam Palmer's free-kick was dreadful and went out of play
Natives getting increasingly restless here
Francis concedes a free kick near the byline
Arter takes and draws a rather lavish save from Martinez
Arter and Daniels standing over ball
You could hear a pin drop in Hillsborough
Free kick to Cherries in Ritchie range
Maghoma slips ball into net but he was flagged offside ages before
Second half underway
Teams coming back on to pitch
2-0 Cherries (Ritchie and Grabban)
Three minutes of added time being played
Reda Johnson nows goes through the back of Ritchie
Great defensive header by Elphick
Arter shot drifts past the post
JJ could easily have taken a tumble in the box under Daniels' challenge but stayed on his feet
Six minutes to go until half-time and it's still Cherries 2-0
And JJ drags a shot horribly off target
Reda Johnson header goes well wide
Nuhiu header pushed round post by Camp
JJ shot parried into side netting by Camp
JJ shot parried into side netting by Camp
Eddie Howe and Stuart Gray @Bournemouthecho #afcb http://t.co/UNFxAy54xZ— @RichardBmthEcho 21 December 2013
Same goalscoring pair as at Reading
Grabban's ninth goal of the season
Great defence splitting ball from Harry Arter and Grabban rifles home from a tight angle
Reda Johnson has just got away with a bad foul and a blatant handball
Francis up on his feet
Francis in a bad way after being caught by Reda Johnson
Ritchie corner headed wide by Ward
Liera heads Francis cross over his own bar
Cherries corner cleared to safety
Goal celebrations @Bournemouthecho #afcb http://t.co/zzhukE1KOC— @RichardBmthEcho 21 December 2013
Three goals in five starts for Ritchie
Surman 20-yarder pushed round post
Free kick dealt with well by Cherries defence
Jose Semedo shot high, wide and not handsome
O'Kane operating just in front of back four with Arter and Surman central
Owls looking a little ponderous at the back.
Surman slipped the ball into Ritchie's path and his low drive fizzed past Damian Martinez from around 20 yards.
Elphick hurt in challenge with Maghoma but he's up on his feet
Owls have started the brighter.
Maghoma's shot flies over the bar
Brave block by Ward charges down JJ's shot
Challenge by Daniels yields a corner for Owls
Cherries playing with Fraser on the left and Ritchie on the right
Shot was actually by Jermaine Johnson, otherwise known as JJ
Early shot from Maghoma goes well wide
Nearly got hit by a balloon
Expecting an aeriel bombardment from owls
Cherries in all black kit
Numbers on Owls shirts impossible to make out.
Teams taking to the pitch, music is Waterfront by Simple Minds
Eddie Howe's thoughts...
Previewing the visit to Hillsborough, Howe said: “It is a game we are looking forward to on the back of our win at Reading. Hopefully, we can produce a similar performance and result. The result against Birmingham didn’t match the performance and I think we are very unfortunate to have collected only three points from our past three games.
“You can’t affect results because they are always in the lap of the gods so performances are the thing you look at most and I have been really pleased with the past three. We created a lot of chances against Birmingham and, if we hit those levels again, you would like to think we would score on a regular basis.”
The Owls, who are under the caretaker charge of Stuart Gray following the recent sacking of Dave Jones, have won two of their past three games, although their midweek clash with Wigan was abandoned due to waterlogging at Hillsborough.
Howe, who worked briefly with Gray following his appointment at Burnley, said: “Stuart seems to have galvanised the place and got the players a little more confident and working hard. They have always had talented players and a good group and have a good mix. Every time you go to Hillsborough, you know it is going to be a difficult game. We expect a tough game but we go there in good heart as always.”
SPOTLIGHT ON OWLS V CHERRIES
CHERRIES’ league history with Sheffield Wednesday has been much like waiting for the proverbial bus.
The clubs had never met on an equal footing until Wednesday slipped to the third tier in 2003 but have since met on eight occasions as the Hillsborough outfit bounced between the middle divisions of English football.
Historically, the Owls largely held the Indian sign over their Dean Court rivals in cup competitions over the years, including a 7-0 thrashing in the FA Cup fourth round in 1932 when the Yorkshire outfit were at the peak of their powers.
Cherries, who went on to finish 15th in Division Three (South), had trumped Northfleet United, Blyth Spartans and Halifax Town in the previous rounds before being unceremoniously dumped out by the team which went on to finish third in England’s top flight.
John Hold’s solitary strike gave Cherries their only success against Wednesday prior to the turn of the century as more than 15,000 witnessed Freddie Cox’s Division Three strugglers topple their Division One counterparts in a League Cup shock at Dean Court in 1969.
However, that was to prove a rare high point as eight months later Cherries were relegated for the first time before the John
Bond era was ushered in.
But as soon as league fixtures worked their way onto the agenda, Cherries soon broke their Hillsborough hoodoo by picking up seven points from three trips to Sheffield.
After waiting so long to land a success against Dorset’s top dogs, Owls were remarkably swift in swooping the points with a six-minute blast in the last meeting between the sides – Wednesday’s 3-0 victory in March 2012.
Lee Bradbury’s men were battered within the opening 10 minutes with strikes from Ryan Batth and Michail Antonio sandwiching Miles Addison’s own goal.
The result which extended to five matches Cherries’ losing run at the time and Bradbury left the club 15 days later.
Onto the present day and tomorrow’s opponents have bolstered their prospects of staying in the Championship with six points from caretaker manager Stuart Gray’s first three matches in charge.
The Owls sit third-bottom of the division, a point below Charlton Athletic and second tier safety with Cherries five points and five places above Wednesday.
Gray’s side have shipped just two goals since the temporary boss took charge while loan striker Connor Wickham has been in fine form, banging in five goals in eight Championship matches since switching from Sunderland. He is, however, injured today.
Welcome to Hillsborough @Bournemouthecho #afcb http://t.co/hSA067HXXL— @RichardBmthEcho 21 December 2013
RT @RichardBmthEcho: My first visit here since my college days in 1982. Lots happened since then. @Bournemouthecho #afcb #rememberthe96 htt…— @SteveSmithEcho 21 December 2013
Great Yorkshire hospitality. Turkey & Cranberry pie & chips. How festive. @Bournemouthecho #afcb http://t.co/sjZCxGu66V— @RichardBmthEcho 21 December 2013
Owls subs: Kirkland, McCabe, Helan, Mattock, Corry, McPhail, Savic.
Owls: Martinez, Reda Johnson, Semedo, Roger Johnson, Maghoma, J Johnson, Coke, Lee, Palmer, Liera, Nuhiu.
Cherries subs: Harte, Addison, MacDonald, Pugh, Pitman, Rantie, Allsop.
Here is the Cherries team
Cherries: Camp, Francis, Ward, Elphick, Daniels, Fraser, Arter, O’Kane, Surman, Ritchie, Grabban.
Wednesday are understood to be without loan star Connor Wickham who is injured.
Elliott Ward and Ryan Fraser return with Steve Cook injured and Marc Pugh on the bench.
Still no sign of a team-sheet but Cherries have made a couple of changes.
Welcome to Hillsborough for today's Matchday Live.
Live coverage of AFC Bournemouth's away day at Sheffield Wednesday from 2.30pm.
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