Oldham Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Last updated : 17 January 2004 By The Chairman
Over 9,000 supporters crammed into Boundary Park in the latest battle of the roses match against Sheffield Wednesday. Both sides created a lot of chances but they went begging as the finishing did not match up to the build up. The deadlock was broken after 17 minutes when Scott Vernon (pictured) buried a powerful header into the net from an Adam Griffin centre. Two minutes after the goal, Paul Murray saw his shot from the edge of the box hit the post when it should have been 2-0. The main threat for Wednesday came from Ndumbu-Nsungu and he created panic on a couple of occasions but the Latics held on for a welcome three points. New on loan signing Gareth Owen showed some promising touches and Les Pogliacomi was dominant in his area.

John Sheridan (pictured) received a standing ovation from both sets of supporters when he left the field near the end and after the game he said: “We got the right result for a change but I'm very happy again with the performance. I thought we played well for the majority of the game. They made it difficult for us. They're a good team but I think we deserved the win as we were the better team. They had a lot of pressure for the last 15 minutes but overall we created good chances again and I'm very pleased with the lads. They worked ever so hard and our defending was solid when it needed to be."

"It was good to see Scott Vernon get the winner because he is an intelligent young player who can go a long way if he keeps developing his game. I think they were a bit asleep on the set piece. They didn't react and it was a good header from Scott - a good goal. You've got to remember that in my back four, the oldest player was about 23. A new player who only joined yesterday and two 19-year-olds, so you've got to give them full credit and I'm going to keep praising them because of the performances that they put in. They were a different class.”