Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Bournemouth: Owls grab their first home win of the season.
Barry Bannan makes no mistake. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
  • Story of the game 

First Half:

Sheffield Wednesday had the first big opening in this encounter, Elias Kachunga found space on the right hand side of the penalty area, he squared it looking for Josh Windass but Chris Mepham stepped in, only to divert the ball into the path of Adam Reach who's instinctive effort was deflected just wide.

Five minutes later another great chance passed The Owls by. Barry Bannan whipped in a mouthwatering free-kick from wide right, Liam Palmer found himself un-marked on the edge of the six yard box. With Asmir Begovic baring down Palmer, who has just one goal for Wednesday during his 10-year professional career at Hillsborough, could only head wide of the upright.

Garry Monk saw his under pressure side have the best of the play in the opening half an hour. Good build up play allowed Kadeem Harris to get to the byline and chip towards the back-post. Kachunga was there with a diving header but had too much to do to keep his attempt on target.

34 minutes in and there were more encouraging signs, this time from Windass' 30-yard free-kick which curled inches wide, much like his set-piece against Birmingham City although that time he did rattle the woodwork.

Bournemouth had to wait until the 40th minute to register their first chance and it came from a corner. Arnuat Danjuma swung it in for The Cherries and Mepham met the ball from 6 yards out but sent it way over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time Danjuma caused problems once again as the visitors ended the half strongly, this time directly as he let fly from range and his tricky effort needed to be tipped over the bar by Joe Wildsmith who took no chances.

Second half:

Jason Tindall's side started much brighter after the interval. Danjuma tested the handling of Wildsmith before Josh King whistled the ball across the face of goal all inside the first five minutes of the second half and an even better chance came on 50 minutes.

King broke away after a poor defensive header from Dom Iorfa. The Wednesday centre-half recovered in a fashion but King escaped and beat Wildsmith to the ball to poke across goal to David Brooks. The former Sheffield United man had his shot blocked on the line by Julian Börner.

Shortly afterwards the hosts had another opportunity to go one goal to the good, another corner, this time from Bannan but nobody could connect until Palmer stabbed wide at the back-post. 

As the game turned into an end-to-end encounter King had another chance with a header that he pulled wide and only 55 minutes had passed, a frantic few moments.

On 68 minutes Wednesday won a penalty, a brilliant ball from Barry Bannan over the top of the Bournemouth backline to Josh Windass who latched on and rounded Begovic only to be brought down by Steve Cook from behind. The experienced centre-half was duly given his marching orders and the Wednesday skipper Bannan stepped up and slotted straight down the middle past Begovic.

On 86 minutes as The Owls went searching for a second, a quick exchange of passes had Callum Paterson away towards goal but he was tracked all the way and his shot ended tame along the floor down the centre of the goal.

There was to be late drama however when Kadeem Harris joined Steve Cook when he was given a second yellow and sent for an early bath after a foul and a scuffle with Jefferson Lerma.

It wasn't comfortable but Wednesday win at home, for just the second time in 2020.

  • Takeaways from the game

Much better from The Owls:

After incredibly disappointing couple of weeks for Garry Monk and his side things finally took a turn for the better and against a Bournemouth side who were the last remaining side in the top four professional divisions unbeaten before tonight. Whether defeats to Luton Town, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers was just a blip or whether tonight's victory only paper's over the cracks, this evening is a positive one for all at S6. A night where the lads in blue and white pick up just their second home success of a dreary 2020. The same performance against the aforementioned three sides they were expected to win and Wednesday should be much better off points wise. 

Bournemouth never broke out of first gear:

For a side who were unbeaten before tonight they never truly threatened a Sheffield Wednesday side who should have been bereft of confidence based on current form. They were poor both in and out of possession and allowed the hosts to dominate despite the quality which they had on show. This should be just a stumble in their quest for promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt but some Bournemouth fans may argue this result had been coming after the weekends draw with Derby County.

  • Man Of The Match: Barry Bannan

Without the little Scottish man, Wednesday do not win that game. He created the chance for Josh Windass to be brought down and stepped up after much delay from Bournemouth to score all the important goal. From the off he dictated play, as he so often does from the centre of the park. Another stellar performance from the heartbeat of this Sheffield Wednesday outfit.

However, honourable mentions do have to go to his midfield counterpart Joey Pelupessy he doesn't always get the praise he deserves from Wednesdayites. He did the dirty work, he did the graft to allow Bannan to thrive and show his creativity, something which is needed consistently and has so far been missed this season while Massimo Luongo has been sidelined.

 

  • Team Line-ups

Sheffield Wednesday (3-5-2): 

Wildsmith; Palmer, Iorfa, Börner; Odubajo, Pelupessy, Bannan, Kachunga (Paterson 79'), Harris (sent off 90+4'); Windass (Marriott 88'), Reach (Brown 83')

Bournemouth (3-4-3):

Begovic; Mepham, S. Cook (sent off 69'), Kelly; Smith, Lerma, Gosling, Rico Salguero; Brooks (Solanke 66'), King, Danjuma (L. Cook 72')

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