Owls FT: Sheffield Wednesday 5 Reading 2

Goal boys: Matty Fryatt, Michail Antonio and Connor Wickham
Goal boys: Matty Fryatt, Michail Antonio and Connor Wickham
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Dave Jones has been wanting his players to learn from the sort of mistakes that have been costing goals but today his Sheffield Wednesday side hit five of their own to register their first win of the season.

But Jones must first have been horrified when, inside the first few minutes, Reda Johnson committed the same error that led to the Owls falling behind at Barnsley.

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Again trying to beat an opponent in the defensive third, he lost possession - but this time it was not costly as eventually Roger Johnson cleared from the box.

Wednesday had the on-loan centre half for keeping them level in the 10th minute. McCleary whipped a left -foot shot from the right side of the box and it was heading for the far top corner until Johnson headed the ball for a corner.

Kirkland would have had no chance with that. He was right behind two ambitious shots but the early signs seemed ominous for Wednesday: Reading looked every inch a team who were fifth in the table, presenting a threat when going forward in a 4-4-2 formation.

Wickham had an early shot blocked following McPhail corner, but as at Barnsley the Owls struggled to get anything creative going forward.

Michail Antonio and Jeremy Helan after Antonio's goal

Michail Antonio and Jeremy Helan after Antonio's goal

Reading had a man over in one raid, left back Kelly, and Roger Johnson made a vital headed clearance.

But against the run of play Wednesday snatched an 18th minute lead. The Royals failed to deal with a ball over the top by Zayatte. Antonio got to the byline just to the right of goal, and knocked a shot ball inside to FRYATT, who planted a firm shot into the roof of the net for his third goal for the Owls The announcer wrongly credited the goal to Wickham.

Then Wednesday’s goal led a charmed life, with some desperate defending and the ball pinging around and finally flying off a Reading player for a goal kick.

But there was another counter-punch in the 25th minute. ANTONIO found a bit of space just outside the Leppings Lane-end box, and clipped a measured right-foot shot into the far bottom corner.

It was his third of the season and a great moment for the former Royals winger.

It was so nearly 3-0, two minutes after that. Wickam sent Fryatt into space down the left; Fryatt could have hit the target or tried to find Wickham as the latter bore down on goal but the ball was hit across the face of goal.

Reading remained a threat, with pace and skill going forward. Robson-Kanu curled a good chance wide, and his striker partner POGREBNYK headed home off Kirkland’s left-hand post from a good cross by right back Gunter, in the 35th minute..

An amazing goal came in the 42nd minute. Antonio put Wickham through, his shot was saved, the ball came out, hit centre half MORRISON and rolled back into the net. Again Wickham was wrongly announced as the scorer!

It could have been four in stoppage time: Wickham struck for goal and the ball bounced away off Fryatt.

Wednesday were applauded off the field after an exciting first half.

It would be a surprise if there were not more goals in this game. Within a few minutes of the restart Guthrie hammered a shot narrowly wide and Robson-Kanu knocked a near-post opportunity over the bar from a good ball by Gunter.

But Antonio sent Buxton running forward, the right ball smacked a low ball across the box, Fryatt just failed to make decisive contact and when it broke kindly WICKHAM rifled a volley into the roof of the net, in the 57th minute.

On the break, it was 5-1 five minutes later: Wickham sent FRYATT clear and he slipped a shot into McCarthy’s bottom right-hand corner.

It was the first time Wednesday had scored five since a 6-2 win against Bristol Rovers in December, 2010, and today had been a hugely enjoyable occasion for fans who had not even see a win of any sort this season.

Reading must have wondered what had hit them - for they looked a decent side in many respects.

Jones sent on Coke as fresh legs in midfield and took off McPhail.

Wednesday played with calmness, confident with their lead and not looking as if they were going to suffer any late panics.

There were ovations for Fryatt and Antonio when they were replaced by Jermaine Johnson and Nuhiu: Fryatt, Wickham and Antonio had been been constant thorns in Reading’s side. Wickham was in space for another goal but McCarthy saved with his leg, and Nuhiu chipped the rebound over the bar.

In the 90 minute Roger Johnson tripped Pogrebnyak and sub LE FONDRE scored from the spot.