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23:04 23rd November 2010

Owls stroll to Walsall win

A Gary Teale-inspired Sheffield Wednesday won their fifth game on the spin with a 3-0 triumph over Walsall at Hillsborough.

Darren Potter, Mark Beevers and Clinton Morrison scored the goals to seal a victory that took the Owls to fourth in League 1, while the Saddlers remained rooted to the foot of the table.

But it was Teale that took the plaudits after engineering all three strikes with a scintillating display that the Saddlers could not counter.

Alan Irvine made two changes from the side that picked up a convincing win at MK Dons on Saturday, with Nicky Weaver in goal having recovered from a swollen knee that saw Arron Jameson make his debut at Stadium MK.

Owls v Walsall

Daniel Jones also donned a starting shirt in place of the injured Lewis Buxton, which triggered a reshuffle in the rearguard. Tommy Spurr moved across to right back, leaving Jones to fill the vacancy in the left back slot.

But the rejig did little to upset the form book and the Owls duly took the lead on seven minutes. Teale broke free down the left and squared into the box and the ball kindly for Potter 25 yards out to drill hard and low into the bottom corner.

In-form Teale was in the mood and caused the Walsall defence problems a minute later, sending a measured effort to the back post that Jimmy Walker had to palm to safety at full stretch.

The winger rapidly developed into the dangerman and proved a handful again on 19 minutes. The Scot showed quick feet to waltz past Darryl Westlake down the channel before cutting inside to send another curler that only just cleared the upright.

Owls v Walsall

Walsall offered little in the final third and that was only compounded by the early departure of lead striker Jon Macken, who succumbed to injury. Liam Dickinson came on for the former Manchester City man.

And the substitute promptly spurned the visitors' best chance of the first half minutes after entering the action when he ghosted into the box to meet Alex Nicholls' cross only to glance his header wide.

Play soon reverted to the other end, though, and Wednesday almost doubled their lead just after the half-hour. Tommy Miller played a give and go with Neil Mellor and burst into the box but Walker dived athletically across goal to keep out the midfielder's fizzing shot.

Reuben Reid then showed a glimpse of what Walsall could offer and forced an equally impressive save from Weaver after pulling the trigger from the edge of the area.

Owls v Walsall

Following a slow start to the second half, Wednesday introduced the spark of Jermaine Johnson on the hour but the Jamaican could only watch as Saddlers striker Reid broke free one on one with Weaver but saw his toe-poked shot saved.

The Owls responded with Morrison heading narrowly wide before Matthew Richards - who struck twice against Carlisle at the weekend - forced another good Weaver save after firing goalwards from 12 yards.

But that was about as good as it got for the Midlanders as Wednesday went into a two-goal lead on 75 minutes.

Teale was again the architect, firing over a deep cross that the unlikely figure of Beevers converted with a firm header in front of the Kop.

Richards went close with a fierce shot deflected wide that summed up Walsall's night before Morrison applied the final coating of gloss for Wednesday, heading in at the near post on 82 minutes after a whipped-in corner from man of the match Teale.

Owls: Weaver, Spurr, Purse, Beevers, Jones, Teale, Miller (Palmer 85), Potter, Sedgwick (Johnson 62), Morrison, Mellor

Unused substitutes: Jameson, Hinds, O'Connor, Heffernan, Tudgay

Walsall: Walker, Westlake, Lescott, Lancashire, Richards, Macken (Dickinson 26), Nicholls, Marshall, Taundry, Reid (Grigg 64), Butler

Unused substitutes: Brain, Smith, Jones, Gray, McGivern, Dickinson

    Data provided by Press Association


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