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16:55 26th November 2011

Owls advance into top two

Sheffield Wednesday advanced into the top two of League 1 with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Hillsborough.

Reda Johnson's first half header proved the difference as the Owls leapfrogged Huddersfield whilst bringing to an end the O's run of ten games unbeaten.

Gary Megson's men enjoyed the lion's share of possession and certainly the chances.

Orient struck the woodwork but that was as good as it got for the Londoners, who became the latest team to succumb to Wednesday's impressive home pedigree.

Megson kicked off with two of this week's three new loan signings in the shape of defensive duo James Tavernier and Miguel Llera.

Last weekend's match winner at Tranmere, Ryan Lowe, started up front alongside Chris O'Grady but it was at the other end where the first threat came.

Leon McSweeney did well down the right to send a teasing cross into the box and loanee Tom Clarke powered a header that rattled the crossbar.

But Wednesday were far from rattled themselves and promptly took the lead from their first meaningful attack on 19 minutes.

Ben Marshall laid a free kick off to Chris Lines, who delivered an accurate ball to the back post where Johnson was on hand to nod past Ben Alnwick.

The Owls had their tails up and went close ten minutes later when James O'Connor slipped a neat ball into Lowe but Alnwick was off his line swiftly to thwart the danger.

Marshall's shot was then deflected narrowly over the bar and Johnson found the net again from the resulting corner only to be pulled back for an infringement.

The hosts kept up the pressure and Tavernier drilled a piledriver narrowly wide just before the break and still there was time for Marshall to send a trademark looped cross into the penalty area where Johnson failed by a whisker to get a headed connection.

Wednesday started the second half brightly and O'Grady was denied by some brave defending by Matt Laird, who twice blocked efforts from the former Rochdale man.

Orient struggled to move the ball from their own half but while ever just the one goal separated the sides, the home fans could not relax.

The visitors did launch a late flurry, introducing prolific striker Jamie Cureton into the contest.

But even though possession switched into the O's favour in the closing stages - save a late rampaging run forward by Jose Semedo - there was little to worry the Owls' backline and the hosts pocketed a crucial three points.

: Bywater, Tavernier, Batth, Llera, R Johnson, O'Connor (Palmer 53), Lines, Semedo, Marshall, Lowe (Morrison 78), O'Grady (Prutton 89)

Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Bennett

Orient: Alnwick, Craig, Cuthbert, Forbes, Lisbie (Laird 46), McSweeney, Spring, Smith (Cureton 83), Cook (Porter 66), Clarke, Mooney

Unused substitutes: Chorley, Butcher

    Data provided by Press Association


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