REPORT: Scunthorpe 4-2 Wednesday

REPORT: Scunthorpe 4-2 Wednesday

Wednesday continued their pre-season build up with a disappointing defeat in North Lincolnshire against League 1 Scunthorpe United.

Around 1,500 Wednesdayites made the trip for the penultimate warm-up fixture; Wednesday welcome St Mirren to Hillsborough on Saturday, when the final preparations are made ahead of the Championship curtain raiser against Bristol City the following Saturday.

Carlos Carvalhal fielded a strong line-up including last year’s spine of Westwood, Lees and Loovens, alongside our new creative quartet of Ross Wallace, Lewis McGugan, Álex Lopez and Marco Matias.

This was certainly an entertaining contest that saw four goals shared in the opening half.

Wednesday looked comfortable in possession and with good movement from the new wide players, chances came early. Wednesday took the lead after eleven minutes as birthday-boy Atdhe Nuhiu rose to meet an inviting Ross Wallace corner.

Matias and Atdhe celebrate the link up that gave Wednesday the lead

Matias and Atdhe celebrate the link up that gave Wednesday the lead (Images: @swfc)

Scunthorpe were to immediately reply, and as the Owls defence called for an offside, the ball ran across the face of goal for Paddy Madden to score under the cross-bar.

Carvalhal’s increasing influence on this new look Wednesday outfit was evidenced with Álex Lopez frequently splitting the centre backs to take control of possession.

Atdhe Nuhiu capitalised on a defensive mix-up from Scunthorpe to cross for Marco Matias, who duly restored Wednesday’s lead with another tap in.

Scunthorpe and Paddy Madden would restore parity for a second time before the break; Wednesday’s back four were caught square again looking for a flag that would not be raised and Madden volleyed home from six yards.


The early moments of the second half saw the place slow somewhat, before Scunthorpe took the lead for the first time as Kevin van Veen fired home on 66 minutes.

Naturally, the second half saw a raft of changes, the most notable coming in the seventieth minute as Kieren Westwood was replaced by Lewis Price with the #1 seemingly not injured.

Liam Palmer battles for the ball

Liam Palmer battles for the ball

Carvalhal then turned to Caolan Lavery, scorer of Wednesday’s solitary goal against Portuguese heavyweights Braga on Saturday.

Wednesday continued to press in the final ten minutes in search of an equaliser that would not come, with Kieran Lee going the closest with eight to go.

With the clock ticking, Scunthorpe added a fourth through Wootton after a quick counter attack. The Owls’ coaching staff will be worried with the frequency of which the defence switched off this evening.

So this is what pre-season is for.


Conceding four to lower league opposition is concerning – regardless of the friendly nature of the fixture – and something that will have to be addressed ahead of Wednesday’s final pre-season date with Scottish Championship side St Mirren.

Tickets are available for both the North and South stands at just £12 (adults) and £6 (concessions).

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  1. swfc be ashamed of this result

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