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Stuart Hall reports for the BBC
"Hillsborough was silent at half-time"
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Owls' boss Danny Wilson
"I thought the boys were superb in the second half"
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Saturday, 11 March, 2000, 18:41 GMT
Wilson's words spark Owls revival

West Ham's Wanchope beats Alexandersson to the ball
Sheff Wed 3-1 West Ham

Sheffield Wednesday threw themselves a Premiership lifeline - after manager Danny Wilson had predicted his side would not lose another game.

The Owls, who remain seven points adrift in the relegation zone, came from a goal down to see off West Ham and sour Paolo Di Canio's return to Hillsborough.

Match facts
10: Lampard gives the visitors the lead
55: Cresswell comes off the bench to equalise
63: Hinchcliffe makes it 2-1
66: Alexandersson gives the Owls some cheer
Wilson had said in his programme notes that Wednesday could not afford to be beaten again this season - and then boldly stated that they would not.

His prediction was partially realised with three goals in a 10-minute period after the break.

The turn-around was sparked by the half-time introduction of Richard Cresswell, who inspired his side's impressive comeback.

Fans silenced - at first

Di Canio was given a hostile reception on his return to the club he left in disgrace 18 months ago, after pushing referee Paul Alcock to the floor.

But the volatile Italian answered the jeers in the correct fashion by making the first goal in the 11th minute.

Di Canio produced a trademark mazy run before setting up John Moncur, whose shot was parried by Wednesday keeper Pavel Srnicek into the path of Steve Lomas.

The Hammers skipper drove straight at team-mate Frank Lampard and the young midfielder settled himself before scoring his 10th goal of the season.

Behind again

With Wednesday trailing at the break, it looked like being the same old story for the strugglers.

But Cresswell was to have other ideas and within 11 minutes of the former York player coming on, he had brought the home side back into the contest.

Alan Quinn crossed to Cresswell on the edge of the six-yard box and he swiftly fired his first goal since October.

Eight minutes later Wednesday were ahead, Andy Hinchcliffe scoring his first goal for 13 months with a 30-yard strike that beat keeper Craig Forrest all ends up.

And almost immediately Wednesday went two goals up. Quinn won de Bilde's cross in the air and the ball fell to Swedish winger Niclas Alexandersson who converted with a left-foot shot.

That was enough to secure the points, with Di Canio left to trudge off the pitch shaking his head at the final whistle, to the sound of taunts from the Hillsborough crowd.


Sheff Wed: Srnicek, Nolan, Atherton, Walker, Hinchcliffe, Alexandersson, Jonk, Haslam, Quinn, De Bilde, Sibon. Subs: Pressman, Sonner, Cresswell, Briscoe, Staniforth.

West Ham: Forrest, Stimac, Ferdinand, Ruddock, Sinclair, Lomas, Foe, Lampard, Moncur, Wanchope, Di Canio. Subs: Ilic, Keller, Kitson, Cole, Margas.

Referee: P Jones (Loughborough)
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