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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:55 20th August 2011

Owls back to winning ways


The Owls returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win over ten-man Notts County at Hillsborough on Saturday.

And they had to come from behind to do so after Jeff Hughes gave County an early lead from the penalty spot.

But goals from Julian Bennett and Gary Madine overturned the deficit and ensured victory following successive away defeats to Bournemouth and Bury.

Wednesday were out of the traps apace and skipper Lewis Buxton - deputising for the injured Rob Jones - struck narrowly over the crossbar after good work down the left from debutant Ben Marshall.

Marshall and Buxton were getting plenty of joy down the flanks but after dominating the early exchanges, the Owls fell behind against the run of play on ten minutes.

A long ball into the box was inadvertently handled by Chris Lines and the referee pointed to the spot. Jeff Hughes did the honours from 12 yards.

Owls v Notts County

The game became a more balanced affair following that boost for the visitors and Karl Hawley sent in a piledriver from distance that flew wide just before the 20-minute mark.

Wednesday responded with Clinton Morrison heading over the bar from Lines' feed but the County backline was proving tough to penetrate.

Most of the play was in the middle of the park as half time approached as both goalkeepers pretty much took a watching brief.

The Owls needed a swift boost after the break and got exactly that on 53 minutes.

Morrison did well to win possession and scoop the ball across goal for Bennett, who thumped in an unstoppable volley from six yards.

The home side had their tails up and duly went into the lead on 67 minutes.

David Prutton slotted Buxton in down the right and the defender sent a teasing low cross into the heart of the danger zone, leaving Madine with a simple tap-in.

Owls v Notts County

Five minutes later, though, County could and should have been level.

A loose ball in the area fell kindly to substitute Craig Westcarr, who had time and space to pick his spot but blazed high and wide.

Then there was more misery for the Nottingham outfit when they lost Neal Bishop with 13 minutes to go.

The County captain was late in a tackle on Jose Semedo and picked up a second yellow card that was promptly upgraded to red.

There was no coming back from that blow for Martin Allen's side, who returned to the Midlands pointless, while Wednesday put their season firmly back on track.

Owls:
Weaver, Buxton, Batth, R Johnson, Bennett, Marshall, Prutton, Semedo, Lines (Sedgwick 71), Morrison, Madine (O'Connor 88)

Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Otsemobor, Beevers

Notts County: Nelson, Kelly, Sheehan, Edwards (Stirling 88) Pearce, Bencherif (Westcarr 71), Hawley, L Hughes, Bishop, J Hughes, Judge (Montano 54)

Unused substitutes: Burch, Allen

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