LiveAlbion v Sheffield Wednesday - from the Amex

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Summary

  • ALBION 0 SHEFF WED 1
  • SECOND HALF
  • Coke curls in opener (40)
  • Crofts shown straight red (50)
  • LuaLua goes closest Seagulls
  • First game of the season
  • Debut for Stockdale, Hughes, Fenelon, O'Grady
  • March ruled out
  • SIX PAGES OF COVERAGE IN THE ARGUS ON MONDAY

5:05pm

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5:04pm

4:57pm

A few home fans have stayed to clap Albion off.

But the celebrations are away in the South Stand.

It is now turning a little ugly as a handful of Wednesday fans seemingly try to get on the pitch.

 

 

 

4:54pm

And that concludes a concerning afternoon for Albion.

4:52pm

Five minutes added time were given but Wednesday were seeing the job through comfortably.

4:45pm

85: Wednesday send on Madine for Nuhiu.

Att: 26,993 (2,667 away)

4:42pm

81: Maghoma makes way for Semedo. That's a predominantly defensive midfielder replacing a winger.  

82: LuaLua booked. Presumably dissent.

4:39pm

Three at the back for Albion since the last change with Hughes out towards the left - and LuaLua working back when needed.

CMS and O'Grady in partnership in attack.

Essentially 3-4-2.

4:37pm

4:36pm

76: Final Albion change as Mackail-Smith replaces Calderon - which is quite clearly NOT like for like!

4:32pm

74: Bruno booked for a foul.

4:31pm

That was a superb ball in by Calderon by the way. Hard and low, out of the keeper's reach and behind the defence.

Deserved a goal.

4:30pm

69: That was so nearly the moment. Greer finds himself on the edge of the box in open play, picks out O'Grady with a lovely ball in and the new striker shoots. But Westwood dives to his left to tip his effort around the post with a brilliant fingertip save.

70: The corner eventually falls to Calderon, who works a one-two and crosses low across goal. Greer cannot quite there and the ball ricochets off a defender and wide.

 

 

4:27pm

The great thing about live reporting is you can go back afterwards and see how you - and others - felt at a given time.

No chance for hindsight.

So right now, at 4.26 by the Amex clocks, I'll suggest a draw would be a good result for Albion.

Hard to see where a goal can come from.

4:22pm

61: Double change as Fenelon makes way for Buckley and Agustien replaces Forster-Caskey. Like-for-like switches, both of which made sense.

62: Wednesday look to get Nuhiu in but Hughes stays on his feet and makes an expertly timed challenge which home fans appreciate.

63: At last a hint of excitement for the North Stand as Buckley crosses from the right - but straight at Westwood.

4:17pm

4:17pm

Nick Osborne's tweet said just what I was about to type!

4:17pm

4:16pm

55: Loovens booked, seemingly for delaying a free-kick.

56: Great chance for Wednesday as Maghoma gets in behind the defence, commits Stockdale and squares for... none of his team mates.

 

4:13pm

Wednesday got a couple of dangerous crosses into the box in the aftermath of the red card.

Their fans are sensing the kill.

Then Forster-Caskey walked thin ice with a foul on Palmer.

4:12pm

4:10pm

48: Maguire appears beyond the far post to volley over from a testing angle from Mattock's deep cross. The ball wasn't dropping quickly enough for him to really get over it.

50: Nightmare for Crofts on his return from injury as he fouls Hutchinson and, with the crowd anticipating a yellow card, the red is produced by ref James Linington.

4:05pm

Well the debate has continued over half-time as to whether Coke unleashed a perfect curler into the far top corner.

Or whether he arrived on to a cutback, knew he had a 6ft 6in striker heading towards the far post area and decided to clip the ball in that drection as quickly as he could.

Either way, it's 1-0 as the second half starts.

No changes at the break.

3:54pm

The last tweet I brought you refers to the very quick taking, seemingly from the wrong place, of a free-kick awarded maybe ten yards inside Albion's half in the build-up to the goal. But a lot happened between then and what I think was probably was a moment of magic by Coke. 

3:52pm

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3:49pm

There was a threat of an equaliser in the final seconds of the one added minute.

Albion got Calderon to the byline and his low cutback reached LuaLua on the edge of the box.

The crowd expected LuaLua to blast right-footed but he checked on to his left and dragged a shot low across Westwood - and just beyond the far post.

It was probably Albion's best attack of the half.

3:47pm

...and that's half-time

3:43pm

40: Wednesday go ahead with a curling chip by COKE which clears Stockdale and finds the far top corner. He was running on to a lay back by Maghoma and I'm not totally sure if it was a shot or a ball to the back post. But it ended up inch perfect for Wednesday.

3:40pm

37: Dangerous cross from Mattock overlapping down the left aimed for Nuhiu. Ex-Wednesday striker John Pearson, sitting right in front of me, almost wanted to head it in himself! But it looked like Hughes, giving away about six inches in height to Nuhiu, just got a glancing touch to take it away from the Austrian.

39: Albion perhaps a little fortunate to be awarded a corner but the decision is not contentious as O'Grady heads over from the flag kick.

3:34pm

3:33pm

30: That new pattern in evidence again as Forster-Caskey picks out Bruno's run with a terrific angled, chipped ball. We all thought Bruno would have a blast on the volley but he opted to knock back for O'Grady, whose shot was saved quite comfortably.

It was good vision by Forster-Caskey to pick out Bruno's run - but also suggested he knew what he had to look for as soon as he got the ball there, 30 yards from the byline out towards the left.

 

3:26pm

24: LuaLua goes on a run first outside, then cutting back in as Calderon's charge forward in support takes away defenders. But a 25-yard right-footer is slightly scuffed and rolls gently wide.

3:23pm

3:21pm

Early impressions are that we could be in for quite a cagey affair. Wednesday, as expected, have Lee trying to find space off the front man and ahead of the engine room of Coke and Hutchinson.

I'm noting down attacking contributions by Bruno and Calderon because, if the plan works, there will be a few of them!

I won't bother noting down a shot just now by Ince which sailed well over, although the build-up was good. Bruno pass, O'Grady shield and lay-off - the sort of combination we might be seeing a lot of.

Albion just starting to get into their stride.

3:17pm

14: The game's first goal attempt of real note comes after Mattock's poor ball puts the Owls in trouble. O'Grady moves on to it and finds LuaLua appearing to his left. But LuaLua is driven a little wide and his left foot drive produces Westwood's first save in Wednesday's colours, diving low to his right.

3:14pm

10: Forster-Caskey booked for lunging in late on Lee. He put himself into trouble with a heavy touch and then slid in to try and win the ball back. 

13: Cheers from Owls fans behind the goal as O'Grady drags a shot well wide after turning on to Bruno's pass

3:07pm

Wednesday offered an early threat when Maghoma got a cross in from the left - but it was too high even for 6ft 6in Nuhiu at the far post.

But suddenly Albion got Bruno surging forward and Maghoma had to defend as he blocked the right-back's volley for a corner which was worked short, played in low by Forster-Caskey and cleared.

3:04pm

3:04pm

3:03pm

Early signs of what to expect as Calderon is furthest man forward - but can't get on to Hughes' long ball.

Fenelon has started out to the right of attack.

3:01pm

Season 2014-15 is up and running for the Seagulls.

3:01pm

There will be no change of ends. We are set to go with Albion playing North to South.

3:00pm

3:00pm

The first openeing game before a completed Amex - and there is a terrific atmosphere around the stadium as the teams walk out.

Wednesday have pretty much the whole South Stand and home areas look pretty full, other than a few small empty patches in the East Upper.

2:50pm

So here we go again. Season No.4 at the Amex as Albion take on Sheffield Wednesday.

This time last year we were at Leeds and Albion had no debutants in their starting line-up.

This year there are FOUR new faces, including youth team product Shamir Fenelon (formerly Goodwin) in attack.

I'm sure we are hoping for an improvement on what we saw last time here, against Southampton.

But it has not been a perfect close season for Wednesday either, with an ongoing takeover making it hard for them to sign players.

Still, the Owls have a big support here - about 2,500 - and there is a buzz among the home stands too as hope springs eternal on opening day. 

 

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2:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

was the guy that typed the article drunk?
was the guy that typed the article drunk? VegasSeagull
  • Score: -5

2:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

Time fopr the Bellagio water show to commence.

Finish your beers and take your seats.

The Hyypia reign begins.
Time fopr the Bellagio water show to commence. Finish your beers and take your seats. The Hyypia reign begins. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -8

2:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

albionfan33 says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Time fopr the Bellagio water show to commence.

Finish your beers and take your seats.

The Hyypia reign begins.
do u have a stream vegas?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Time fopr the Bellagio water show to commence. Finish your beers and take your seats. The Hyypia reign begins.[/p][/quote]do u have a stream vegas? albionfan33
  • Score: -4

2:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
was the guy that typed the article drunk?
ok you made the corrections ;-)) you can delete my comment now.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: was the guy that typed the article drunk?[/p][/quote]ok you made the corrections ;-)) you can delete my comment now. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -5

2:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Conelli98 says...

Clayton in 1901 club!
Clayton in 1901 club! Conelli98
  • Score: -5

2:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

albionfan33 wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Time fopr the Bellagio water show to commence.

Finish your beers and take your seats.

The Hyypia reign begins.
do u have a stream vegas?
sorry to say there isn't one, I checked.
[quote][p][bold]albionfan33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Time fopr the Bellagio water show to commence. Finish your beers and take your seats. The Hyypia reign begins.[/p][/quote]do u have a stream vegas?[/p][/quote]sorry to say there isn't one, I checked. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -6

3:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

albionfan33 says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Clayton in 1901 club!
hes not in the hudds team hehe
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Clayton in 1901 club![/p][/quote]hes not in the hudds team hehe albionfan33
  • Score: -2

3:07pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Weploughandmow says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Clayton in 1901 club!
Really? Genuinely?
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Clayton in 1901 club![/p][/quote]Really? Genuinely? Weploughandmow
  • Score: -1

3:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

No streaming on Wiziwigs today, chaps. BBC Stats playing up already!!
Can we get confirmation that Clayton IS at the Amex??
No streaming on Wiziwigs today, chaps. BBC Stats playing up already!! Can we get confirmation that Clayton IS at the Amex?? mikeygit
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

mikeygit wrote:
No streaming on Wiziwigs today, chaps. BBC Stats playing up already!!
Can we get confirmation that Clayton IS at the Amex??
Mikey if he was there I htink one of those reporting on the match would have noticed, a wind up from Conelie
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: No streaming on Wiziwigs today, chaps. BBC Stats playing up already!! Can we get confirmation that Clayton IS at the Amex??[/p][/quote]Mikey if he was there I htink one of those reporting on the match would have noticed, a wind up from Conelie VegasSeagull
  • Score: -10

3:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Oh dear Brighton a goal down--now lets see how we can fight back.

Latest on Clayton is that we have won the battle to sign him--but PLEASE do not take my word for it. Wait for it to be confirmed.
Oh dear Brighton a goal down--now lets see how we can fight back. Latest on Clayton is that we have won the battle to sign him--but PLEASE do not take my word for it. Wait for it to be confirmed. mikeygit
  • Score: -3

4:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

true fan says...

Clayton def in 1901, mate of mine works for St Johns and saw him there before the match
Clayton def in 1901, mate of mine works for St Johns and saw him there before the match true fan
  • Score: -1

4:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

true fan says...

Why do we always get Sh1t refs???????
Why do we always get Sh1t refs??????? true fan
  • Score: -1

4:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Oh NO Crofts sees RED!!! Going from bad to worse---not the ideal start to the season. Albion really got their work cut out. Is Sammi going to ´respect´the ref???
Oh NO Crofts sees RED!!! Going from bad to worse---not the ideal start to the season. Albion really got their work cut out. Is Sammi going to ´respect´the ref??? mikeygit
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

heshootshescores says...

Very intelligent, Crofts. Miss half a season and then get a straight red card in your first game back.

You reap what you sew. The lack of positive action from Burke, Barber and the Board has led to a mood of pessimism both on and off the field.

So a disappointing result today was always on the cards.
Very intelligent, Crofts. Miss half a season and then get a straight red card in your first game back. You reap what you sew. The lack of positive action from Burke, Barber and the Board has led to a mood of pessimism both on and off the field. So a disappointing result today was always on the cards. heshootshescores
  • Score: 8

4:31pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Agree Andy N--a draw would be a FANTASTIC result---all things being considered.
Bournemouth are getting a hatful up at Huddersfield---hope they do not decide to keep Clayton!!
Agree Andy N--a draw would be a FANTASTIC result---all things being considered. Bournemouth are getting a hatful up at Huddersfield---hope they do not decide to keep Clayton!! mikeygit
  • Score: 1

4:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

A calamitous start to the season, as many feared.
Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co.
Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November?
Crisis.
A calamitous start to the season, as many feared. Thanks to the Bs - Bloom, Barber, Burke & co. Hyypia already in crisis. I predicted he would be gone by the new year. What odds he will even survive till November? Crisis. sussexram40
  • Score: 8

4:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Conelli98 wrote:
Clayton in 1901 club!
Elvis buying Marmite in Asda
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Clayton in 1901 club![/p][/quote]Elvis buying Marmite in Asda daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

Seems as if we have a ref that likes handing out the cards!! Early days--disappointing but gives Sammi an insight on his players. Cannot comment on Crofts RED as I am at home--but whats done is done and we just have to get on with it. Better now than at a crucial stage in the season.
Seems as if we have a ref that likes handing out the cards!! Early days--disappointing but gives Sammi an insight on his players. Cannot comment on Crofts RED as I am at home--but whats done is done and we just have to get on with it. Better now than at a crucial stage in the season. mikeygit
  • Score: -3

4:46pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Cliify0002 says...

Well done suits thanks for destroying the team
Well done suits thanks for destroying the team Cliify0002
  • Score: 8

4:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear.
Truly shocking.
Sounds like we were impotent. Wednesday were cruising in 2nd gear. Truly shocking. sussexram40
  • Score: 5

4:56pm Sat 9 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Pathetic.
Pathetic. ringtone
  • Score: 2

4:57pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mikeygit says...

24,000 disappointed fans---much work to be done to make us an attractive, winning team to watch. Sammi you should now begin to get the picture as to how much work has to be done. Good tho if we had to lose with 10 men it was only 1--0
24,000 disappointed fans---much work to be done to make us an attractive, winning team to watch. Sammi you should now begin to get the picture as to how much work has to be done. Good tho if we had to lose with 10 men it was only 1--0 mikeygit
  • Score: -1

4:57pm Sat 9 Aug 14

heshootshescores says...

Guess pre-season does count for something after all?

Burke better get his finger out this week and find a few "quality" players. Might be harder now.
Guess pre-season does count for something after all? Burke better get his finger out this week and find a few "quality" players. Might be harder now. heshootshescores
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Sat 9 Aug 14

tez1959 says...

didnt i tell you lot the other day 3 points for sheff wed you lot dont listen do ya get tom pope from port vale he will get you goals theyve got plenty of dosh to spend
didnt i tell you lot the other day 3 points for sheff wed you lot dont listen do ya get tom pope from port vale he will get you goals theyve got plenty of dosh to spend tez1959
  • Score: 1

5:02pm Sat 9 Aug 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Cliify0002 wrote:
Well done suits thanks for destroying the team
How on earth can you blame the suits for Crofts red card??? Game changing decision by a biased ref.

OMG stand by for the doom and gloom brigade....
[quote][p][bold]Cliify0002[/bold] wrote: Well done suits thanks for destroying the team[/p][/quote]How on earth can you blame the suits for Crofts red card??? Game changing decision by a biased ref. OMG stand by for the doom and gloom brigade.... daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 2

5:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

arc12 says...

Unsurprisingly predictable result. Fail to prepare = prepare to fail.
Unsurprisingly predictable result. Fail to prepare = prepare to fail. arc12
  • Score: 4

5:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

ringtone says...

Only thing sami got right was leaving ankers out of the squad.

Dont think i have ever witnessed a more inept display in my entire life.
Only thing sami got right was leaving ankers out of the squad. Dont think i have ever witnessed a more inept display in my entire life. ringtone
  • Score: 0

5:07pm Sat 9 Aug 14

true fan says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
mikeygit wrote:
No streaming on Wiziwigs today, chaps. BBC Stats playing up already!!
Can we get confirmation that Clayton IS at the Amex??
Mikey if he was there I htink one of those reporting on the match would have noticed, a wind up from Conelie
Really does the Argus have any sort of reputation of decent reporting???
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: No streaming on Wiziwigs today, chaps. BBC Stats playing up already!! Can we get confirmation that Clayton IS at the Amex??[/p][/quote]Mikey if he was there I htink one of those reporting on the match would have noticed, a wind up from Conelie[/p][/quote]Really does the Argus have any sort of reputation of decent reporting??? true fan
  • Score: 3

5:35pm Sat 9 Aug 14

albionbloke says...

daughter-of-manag wrote:
Cliify0002 wrote:
Well done suits thanks for destroying the team
How on earth can you blame the suits for Crofts red card??? Game changing decision by a biased ref.

OMG stand by for the doom and gloom brigade....
Because he's an idiot....ignore him
[quote][p][bold]daughter-of-manag[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cliify0002[/bold] wrote: Well done suits thanks for destroying the team[/p][/quote]How on earth can you blame the suits for Crofts red card??? Game changing decision by a biased ref. OMG stand by for the doom and gloom brigade....[/p][/quote]Because he's an idiot....ignore him albionbloke
  • Score: 1

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