ANDREW VORCE - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday have had better days at the office as they fell at home to Doncaster while Kenny Cooper and Plymouth salvaged a point against Swansea.
Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 2 Doncaster
Frank Simek started in his second consecutive game for Sheffield Wednesday but James O'Connor's own goal in the 64th minute capped off the Owls' night.
Wednesday's Marcus Tudgay was unlucky to not score after beating Neil Sullivan only to have his shot rocket back off the post.
Doncaster's newest signing, Elliot Ward, was eager to get his job done after Billy Sharp's cross found the center back open in space.
Ward hit a stunning bicycle kick which rocketed off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal. The defender's bike came six minutes before halftime after he had terrorized the Owls' back line the bulk of the first half.
The 63rd minute saw the visitors double the lead as O'Connor was the unfortunate Owl to turn an impressive play by Sharp into a deathly own goal.
Sharp again caused trouble for the Sheffield back line, sending a shot towards goal deflected into the net by O'Connor.
Michael Gray was the only player booked for Wednesday, and next up for Simek is another home test against Ipswich.
Plymouth 1 - 1 Swansea
Plymouth claimed a last gasp point thanks to Damien Johnson versus fourth placed Swansea on Tuesday night at Home Park.
Kenny Cooper was a 61st minute sub for Rory Fallon, but it was Swansea's Darren Pratley that started the second half off with a bang.
There was a bit of fortune in the goal as Pratley looked offsides when Angel Rangel slotted him through. The forward made no mistake in keeping his cool and stroked a shot home past David Stockdale just seconds after the restart.
Luck played into Plymouth's goal as well, as referee Keith Hill adjudged that Swansea's Andrea Orlandi handled the ball inside the area.
Jamie Mackie stepped up to take the penalty which was saved by Dorus De Vries only to see the referee blow his whistle to signal that de Vries had come off his line.
Johnson then stepped up to take the penalty but again de Vries managed a deflection of the kick only to see it fall right into the path of the midfielder who smashed home the rebound for his first goal in three years.
Mark Gower, Shefki Kugi, and Garry Monk were all booked for Swansea. Up next for Cooper and company is a home test against Leicester City.
Leeds 1 - 2 Walsall
Mike Grella was brought on to win the game for Leeds who took on 10th place Walsall, but it was Clayton McDonald who claimed the winner for the visitors with nine minutes to go.
Goalkeeper Casper Ankergren was given little to do in Leeds' first half, but just seconds into the second half Ankeregen could not stop Walsall from taking the lead. Julian Gray picked out Dwayne Mattis, who had the time and space to lash home a low volley past the Leeds keeper.
Leeds got back into the game in the 54th minute due to a complete keeper error. Gary McSheffrey spotted Clayton Ince off of his line, and McSheffrey lofted in a shot from the left flank which cleared Ince for the equalizer.
Grella came on in the 60th for Luciano Becchio, but it was McDonald who claimed the headlines. Leeds failed to clear a corner properly in the 81st minute which McDonald bundled over the line for the winner.
Television replays could not conclude if the ball had actually crossed the line but the referee's decision stood final.
Grella had a dying minute chance to level the match at two, but he fluffed his header wide in the 90th.
McDonald and Darryl Westlake were the only two players booked, both for Walsall. Grella will have another chance at glory when Leeds look to get their title ambitions on course when Brighton come to Elland Road.
Jay DeMerit's game for Watford at Queens Park Rangers was postponed to to a waterlogged field.
Stuart Holden did not make the bench in Bolton's match at Wigan.