Owls given real scare
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Hereford 1
Published 30/01/2011 | 05:00
The last time these two clubs met in the FA Cup was 1958, when Sheffield Wednesday, then in the First Division, won 3-0 away against the Southern League minnows.
Over half a century on and the tie took place in a football landscape markedly changed for the Owls and their passage through to the last 16 was for some time a rather more laboured affair, with Hereford taking a shock lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock, when Stuart Fleetwood spun and fired home.
By the end Wednesday had averted a shock thanks to a brace of penalties from Clinton Morrison and strikes from Darren Potter and Jermaine Johnson. The resounding victory helped ease the pressure on Wednesday manager Alan Irvine, whose team lie five points above the League One relegation zone.
He acknowledged that the result was one that could have a huge bearing on his position at the Yorkshire club. "With the way things are at the moment, I'd be very naive if I thought I wasn't in a precarious position," Irvine said.
"It was a big result for the club, which is the most important thing, and it was obviously a good result for me."
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