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18:22 29th January 2011

Owls ease into round five

Sheffield Wednesday eased their way into the FA Cup fifth round for the first time in eleven years with a comfortable 4-1 win over ten-man Hereford United.

The Owls survived an early scare when Stuart Fleetwood gave the visitors a shock lead but Alan Irvine's side hit back through Darren Potter, Jermaine Johnson and two Clinton Morrison penalties - the first of which led to the dismissal of Joe Heath.

The Owls made three changes for the cup clash, with Daniel Jones, Clinton Morrison and Paul Heffernan all starting against the in-form Bulls.

Hereford arrived at Hillsborough on the back of five straight wins and showed exactly why with a goal inside nine minutes.

Jake Jervis found space down the right flank and his cross landed kindly at the feet of Fleetwood, who drilled high into the back of the Kop net.

But the Owls kept their composure and were back in the contest six minutes later. Jones raced down the left and pulled back for Potter to smash an unstoppable shot past Adam Bartlett from the edge of the area.

Owls v Hereford

Wednesday took the initiative as the first half unfolded and bossed possession, with one six-man move ending with Heffernan forcing a smart save from Bartlett.

Morrison scooped over the bar from the resulting corner before Jonas Kovacs headed onto the roof of the net at the other end in a rare Hereford attack.

The game promptly reverted to type, though, and Bartlett had to be at his best to push a Gary Teale piledriver round the post.

But the Bulls were far from lying down and Wednesday were given a reminder of what they could do on the counter when Fleetwood broke free down the middle but the forward prodded past the post.

Michael Morrison went close for the Owls just before half time with a back post header and a goal at that point would deservedly have seen the home side in the driving seat.

And Wednesday started the second half on the front foot, winning a string of corners and generally dominating.

Owls v Hereford

Clinton Morrison had a half chance deflected wide before the Owls went into the lead on 69 minutes - as Hereford were reduced to ten men.

Jones dragged an accurate ball right into the danger zone and Heath barged Clinton Morrison down as the striker was about to pull the trigger. Heath saw red and Morrison scored from the spot.

Morrison then had a header cleared off the line by Richard Rose as the hosts continued to press and the Owls wrapped up the win with two goals in as many minutes.

Johnson picked up possession on the halfway line on 76 and powered forward to bury beyond Bartlett then Clinton Morrison scored his second penalty after Michael Townsend handled Heffernan's cross.

Owls: Weaver, Spurr, M Morrison, R Johnson, Jones, J Johnson, Potter (O'Connor 57), Coke (Sedgwick 81), Teale, Heffernan, C Morrison

Unused substitutes: Jameson, Reynolds, Beevers, Mellor

Hereford: Bartlett, Kovacs, Townsend, Rose, Fleetwood, McQuilkin (Thomas 81), Lunt (Purdie 61), Colbeck (Green 76), Featherstone, Jervis, Heath

Unused substitutes: Stratford, Canham, Weir, Preston

    Data provided by Press Association


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