Leyton Orient 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Match Report

Orient v Sheffield Wednesday........GOAL...Owls Reda Johnson with the games only goal best O's keeper Paul Rachubka
Orient v Sheffield Wednesday........GOAL...Owls Reda Johnson with the games only goal best O's keeper Paul Rachubka
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SOMETHING old, something new, something borrowed, something blue - they were all there as Wednesday blended the ingredients for a happy away day.

The old: a set-piece, the kind of ploy at which the Owls have been adept all season and which brought them their only goal on Saturday.

Orient v Sheffield Wednesday........GOAL..Owls match winner Reda Johnson with Jose Semedo

Orient v Sheffield Wednesday........GOAL..Owls match winner Reda Johnson with Jose Semedo

The new: first starts under Dave Jones for Reda and Jermaine Johnson, Miguel Llera and Chris O’Grady.

The borrowed: loan signings Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy, who made their debuts as subs.

The blue: well, this is cheating slighty - it was white as well with Wednesdayites filling all one side of the Matchroom Stadium and enjoying a sunlit afternoon.

Slick attacking football and sound defending were married and there was further evidence of the new, more cohesive style brought in by Jones.

Orient v Sheffield Wednesday........Owls new loan signing Nile Ranger

Orient v Sheffield Wednesday........Owls new loan signing Nile Ranger

With a bit more thought and accuracy in their final ball or finishing, Wednesday would have had a hatful of goals.

The similiarity between this game and the 2-2 letdown against Walsall last week was that the Owls did not take enough of their chances or make the most of the situations they created.

But they were by some distance the better side and the important things is that they won, with a clean sheet as a bonus.

Orient were undone by the same double act that beat them 1-0 at Hillsborough in November.

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury....New Owls boss Dave Jones in charge of his first match with his assistant Terry Burton

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury....New Owls boss Dave Jones in charge of his first match with his assistant Terry Burton

On that occasion a short free-kick was touched to Chris Lines and he crossed to the far post where Reda Johnson headed home.

On Saturday, Lines directed a free-kick from much the same position into the middle, a free header by Johnson was stopped by the keeper, and the left back slotted home the rebound for his seventh goal of the season.

The Benin international produced some of his powerful forward runs. Jones also homed in on his tendency to commit fouls

in this, the manager’s first good look at him.

“He’s a bit impetuous at times, I’ve heard. There are things you don’t do. In the heat of battle we’ve all done it. Everyone said he can score a goal,” he said.

“”We should have made life easier for ourselves, with some of the chances we had.”

The Owls’ strikes at goal or situations where they might have done better were too many to list.

They began in the ninth minute when Jermaine Johnson sent a free, diving header wide from a Lines cross.

The best of the rest was probably the one in the 70th minute where Ranger could have ended up with a headline-grabbing clincher.

Gary Madine headed the ball forward and the loan striker put Michail Antonio through with a delightful flick; Ranger then got up in support and was waiting in front of the posts when Antonio went for goal and dragged his shot across goal.

Ranger also put a late

opportunity wide, after a great tackle prevented Jermaine Johnson from finishing off a dazzling run in style, and even later the sub centre-forward was blocked by good defending.

After Wednesday had failed to score a second, there was a tense little spell in stoppage time, and Jones suggested that the Owls can do better at closing the game down.

But there was plenty of praise as well. “Jonah (Rob Jones) was magnificent; Miguel Llera came in an did well. We have a good squad who are champing at the bit. I hadn’t seen Reda play, or Chrissie (O’Grady), or JJ, really,” he said.

“I just tried to freshen it up and keep everybody on their toes, and it worked.

“I’d kept the same team for four games, I just felt it was right to change it. The lads did well.

“We kept a clean sheet, created a lot of chances and broke well. We need just need to have a bit more com

posure in front of goal, have a little look up.

“Two or three times Michail has tried a shot instead of rolling it across the six-yard box.”

The breakaway involving Ranger was the prime example.

The Newcastle striker provided a real presence up front and showed mobility and good touch in his half-hour outing.

Said Jones: “Nile didn’t get to the hotel until nine o’clock (on Friday evening); he had one or two things to sort out. It was just letting him have a look at it when he came on. You can see he’s a player.”

Treacy had less

chance to make an impact, getting on for the last 10 minutes or so, after Antonio and Jermaine Johnson had been threats throughout the game.

“JJ was brilliant,” said Jones. “We told him to come in off the line. He caused panic. Keith will do the same sort of thing in a different way - he is left-footed.

“It’s hard for Keith when he’s come on for the last few minutes and it’s 100 miles an hour,” admitted Jones. “Lowey (Ryan Lowe) came on as well. We have good options. I just wish we had scored a few more and made life a lot easier for everybody.

“We kept our heads and kept plugging away.

“We just have to keep it going, keep our feet on the ground. They’re off now until Tuesday, to give them a break. We just have to do things right, get the energy levels back up again, because we have another tough one Saturday.”

It’s next stop Preston at home - with a 12.45 kick-off because it’s live on Sky.