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O'Grady helps Owls hark back to glory days as Hammers exit

SHEFFIELD WED 1 WEST HAM 0

Tim Rich

Published 09/01/2012 | 05:00

It says something for the way Sheffield Wednesday progressed at Hillsborough yesterday that Gary Megson's most uncomfortable moment came when he was asked for an interview with the radio station that had announced his death in a car crash.

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Eventually, he told Talksport, who had mistaken him for the boxer Gary Mason, that, given the history of Sheffield Wednesday, he did not consider himself a giant-killer.

"We are a League One side but Sheffield Wednesday will never be classed as being a David against a Goliath," he said.

"There was a time when we would play West Ham twice a season. This place has had a nightmare over the last 15 years and we are trying to take the club back to where it was."

This was a match decided by two goalkeepers. Three minutes after the restart, Winston Reid was pulled back by Reda Johnson and Keith Stroud awarded a penalty that Megson considered soft.

Nicky Weaver is a 'keeper who with a bit more discipline could have enjoyed a very successful career. However, though he may have lived a bit, the talent has endured and he saved Sam Baldock's kick two-handed.

Later, Baldock sent another drive whistling goalwards and Weaver touched it on to the post.

In the West Ham goal, Ruud Boffin had less to do but on the restart, Chris O'Grady drove down the West Ham left and on the run drove in a shot that went through the Belgian 'keeper.

Eleven minutes of injury-time were played following a nasty-looking injury to Julian Bennett, but West Ham failed to capitalise.

They produced one header and one cross that finished up among their own supporters in the Leppings Lane End and one genuine chance from six yards that Frank Nouble slashed into the same general area.

The first half produced two glittering opportunities that neither side grabbed. An hour or so afterwards West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was still attempting to work out how Freddie Sears could send a header into the Spion Kop when standing three yards from goal.

It was not as obvious as that from Jermaine Johnson, who, put through by O'Grady, swept past Daniel Potts, forced Boffin to commit himself and had the composure to pick his spot.

Unfortunately, for a striker who has yet to score this season, the spot he picked was an advertising hoarding marked Westfield Healthcare. (© Independent News Service)

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