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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:33 6th March 2012

Super start for new boss


New Owls manager Dave Jones saw his S6 career off to a flyer with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Bury.


Wednesday controlled proceedings from the first whistle and sent Wednesdayites home happy as a brace from Michail Antonio and one each for Gary Madine and Ryan Lowe sealed victory.

The visitors grabbed a consolation through Steven Schumacher but that failed to take the gloss from an emphatic Owls win driven by a superb display from loanee Antonio.

Jones shuffled his pack for his maiden game at the helm, with former Bury striker Lowe partnering Gary Madine in the final third.

The former Cardiff chief also deployed two out and out wingers, with on-form Antonio and another ex-Bury man Mike Jones patrolling the flanks.

And after a bright start, it was Antonio that put the Owls in front on ten minutes.

Madine found Lowe charging into space down the left side of the penalty area and Antonio was on hand to blast home after the striker's accurate feed across the box.

Owls v Bury

Wednesday had their tails up and Chris Lines flashed a show narrowly wide from distance.

Bury responded with Mark Hughes heading over the bar from a David Amoo corner but by and large, the Owls dominated the opening period.

And Wednesday almost doubled their lead on 27 minutes, with Antonio the provider on this occasion.

The Reading man burst forward and picked out Madine, whose curling effort was goalbound but for a full-stretch save from Trevor Carson.

The Shakers did look dangerous on the counter, though, as was evidenced when Andy Bishop went close following another Amoo corner.

But the game promptly reverted to type and Lowe was next to pose a threat, taking a precise Madine ball in his stride and Carson was off his line swiftly to deflect the danger.

The Owls went down the tunnel perhaps unfortunate to be just the one goal to the good and came out after the resumption looking to double their advantage.

Owls v Bury

Lewis Buxton sent in a fizzing cross on the overlap that Lowe nodded past the post before Madine made it two on 51 minutes.

Lowe got a vital flick to a Lines free kick that Carson parried and Madine was lurking in the danger zone to stab home from close range.

There was barely an escape route for Bury as the Owls turned the screw and added to their tally on 58 minutes.

Mike Jones did well down the right to float a looping ball to the back post that the onrushing Antonio finished with some style on the volley.

Still Wednesday pushed on and Lowe hit a snapshot that was gobbled up by Carson but the hitman was not to be denied as the Owls went 4-0 up.

Antonio raced the length of the field from a Bury attack and slipped in a fine ball for Lowe, who completed the formalities from ten yards.

The Shakers were all but out of the contest yet came close to reducing the arrears when substitute Mike Grella smashed a fierce shot that rattled the crossbar.

And Bury did get a goal on 72 minutes when a half-cleared corner fell nicely for skipper Schumacher who drilled an unstoppable drive hard and low past Stephen Bywater.

Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett, M Jones, Lines, Semedo, Antonio, Madine (O'Grady 87), Lowe (Prutton 81)

Unused substitutes:
Jameson, Llera, Morrison

Bury: Carson, Picken (Sodje 67), Skarz, Sweeney, Worrall (Harrop 86), Schumacher, Bishop (Grella 46), Hughes, Eastham, Amoo, Elford-Alliyu

Unused substitutes:
Branagan, Jones

    Data provided by Press Association

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