Owls 3-0 Magpies

Sheffield Wednesday kicked off their home campaign with a comprehensive victory over League One side Notts County, in a cup tie that was one-sided from the outset. Congolese winger Jacques Maghoma set the ball rolling after just two minutes, when his powerful right-footed effort found the top corner from the edge of the area. The Owls never looked back from his moment, and flexed their Championship muscle by dominating the rest of the encounter. Controversial striker Gary Madine doubled Wednesday’s advantage with a close range volley just eight minutes later, after getting on the end of a splendid cross from the impressive Chris Maguire.

The second half was played in a similar pattern to the first period, with the hosts dominating possession and creating plenty of chances, and limiting their opponents to very few opportunities. A deserved third goal arrived midway through the second period, when Adthe Nuhiu powerfully rose above Haydn Hollis to head home a fantastic Joe Mattock cross from the left-hand side. Stuart Gray’s men created plenty of chances and probably should have won by more goals, but Gray was still pleased with a fine night’s work and progression into round two of the Capital One Cup.

 Sheffield Wednesday

Chris Kirkland – Completely untroubled, will be happy with his first clean sheet of the season. 6.5
Liam Palmer – Competent enough defensively and got forward well. 6.5
Tom Lees – Looks to have settled in very well at his new home. Strong in the air, read the game well and was comfortable on the ball 7.5
Glenn Loovens – The recently appointed skipper marshalled the back four very well, won most of his aerial duels and was strong in the tackle. He and Lees hardly put a foot wrong all night. 8.0
Joe Mattock – Solid defensively, linked up well with Maghoma and provided the assist for Nuhiu’s goal. Put in some great crosses. 7.5
Chris Maguire – Gave the team energy, got forward and also tracked back. Demonstrated his excellent range of passing and set up a first goal since March 2013 for Gary Madine. 8.5
Giles Coke –Kept the ball well for the Owls and was energeic, not one of the stand out performances but he did his job well. 7.0
Jose Semedo –Broke up play and allowed the more creative players to express themselves. Simple but very effective. 7.5
Jacques Maghoma – Terrorised County’s right back with his pace and trickery. Opened the scoring and his end product was much better. 8.5
Adthe Nuhiu –Set up the first goal and scored the third. Could have had a hat-trick, got into some great positions but his finishing was poor.  7.5
Gary Madine –Posed a physical threat for the visiting back four and scored a real poacher’s goal. 7.0


Kamil Zayatte – Replaced Loovens and defended competently, even though he didn’t have much to do. 6.5
Rhys McCabe – Made little positive or negative impact during his fifteen minute stint on the pitch. 6.0
Paul Corry –Had insufficient time to make an impact. 6.0

Notts County

Roy Carroll – Will be disappointed to have conceded on three occasions but he wasn’t at fault for any of the goals. Claimed a few crosses. 6.0
Curtis Thompson –Really struggled to contain Maghoma who gave Thompson the run around. Never had the opportunity to get forward. 4.5
Haydn Hollis – Settled into the game after a very shaky start. began to win more headers in the second half. 6.0
Hayden Mullins –Lost Madine for the second goal. Bullied physically at times by the Owls’ physically strong front two. 5.0
Blair Adams – Given a torrid time by Maguire who was excellent. Struggled to track his runs and keep up with him. 5.0
Alan Smith – Did a decent job of anchoring the midfield, showed good positional sense and read the game well. Came off at the break. 6.0
Elliot Whitehouse –The young midfielder didn’t provide County with much creativity, going backwards and sideways a lot. Substituted at the interval. 5.5
Nicky Wroe –Got caught in possession plenty of times in the first period before his withdrawal at half time. 5.5
Liam Noble – Played just behind the two frontmen and although his influence was limited, he played a few decent incisive passes. 6.0
Ronan Murray –The young forward was completely anonymous all match, although the fact that his team were on the back foot all game didn’t help. 5.0
Jake Cassidy –Got very little service and hardly got a sniff of goal. 5.5


Gary Jones – Passed the ball better than most of his teammates but he struggled to keep up with the pace of the game. 5.5
Jeremy Balmy – Showed flashes of quality when he was introduced but he’d have liked to have got on the ball more often. 6.0
Adam Dawson – Contributed very little going forward and he didn’t track back enough. 5.0


Man of the Match

Jacques Maghoma – Got Wednesday off to a flier by opening the scoring after just  two minutes. Looked to make something happen every time he got the ball and put some good crosses into the box. Added pace to the Owls’ midfield as well. 8.5


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