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18:14 24th September 2011

Owls ease past Exeter

Sheffield Wednesday extended their 100 per cent home record to six games this season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Exeter.

James O'Connor opened the scoring late in the first half before Gary Madine gave the Owls clear daylight just before the break.

Madine then netted a penalty after the interval to bag his third successive brace on home soil and extend his purple patch to nine goals in seven games.

But Wednesday had to be patient for the points and indeed, the contest was almost half an hour in before the first chance of any note and it fell to the visitors.

Matthew Whichelow found space down the right flank and sent an accurate feed into the danger zone, where the onrushing Daniel Nardiello was a whisker away from applying the finishing touch.

That move, though, seemed to galvanise the Owls, who visibly upped the tempo, with home debutant David McGoldrick going close six yards out following good work down the left from Ben Marshall.

The Owls sustained the increased pace and were rewarded with two quickfire goals inside four minutes.

Owls v Exeter

First, on 40 minutes, Rob Jones' glanced header caused problems in the Exeter defence and following a spooned save from Artur Krysiak, O'Connor was on hand to stab home his first goal of the season.

Four minutes later, Wednesday doubled their lead. Marshall took advantage of Krysiak spilling a loose ball and set up Madine, who drilled in a powerful header to send the Owls into half time two goals to the good.

Wednesday started the second half as they had ended the first and McGoldrick forced a fine save from Krysiak minutes after the restart.

Exeter struggled to get the ball out of their own half as the rejuvenated Owls launched wave after wave of attacks.

With Marshall at the hub running directly at the Grecians defence, Gary Megson's side were always favourites to score next and they duly did so on 74 minutes.

Madine tangled with Steve Tully in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Madine grabbed the ball and stepped up to slam in the penalty.

Still the Owls pushed on and Chris Lines smashed a low drive against the post before Madine left the field with two minutes to go to allow Ryan Lowe a home debut, and League 1's leading goalscorer could reflect on another job well done as the Owls continued their climb up the table.

Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Jones, Batth, R Johnson, Marshall (Palmer 89), O'Connor, Semedo, Lines, McGoldrick (O'Grady 73), Madine (Lowe 88)

Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Bennett

Exeter: Krysiak, Tully, Dunne, Archibald-Henville (O'Flynn 76), Duffy, Noble, Nardiello, Golbourne, Coles, Taylor (Bennett 76), Whichelow (Buaza 58)

Unused substitutes: Pidgeley, Jones

    Data provided by Press Association


    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.