Stevenage crushed Sheffield Wednesday after scoring four goals in a stunning first-half display.

Craig Reid turned in the first after Richard O'Donnell had saved Ronnie Henry's shot before John Mousinho fired in an accurate low drive.

Michael Bostwick scored the third in off the post, before Lawrie Wilson's miscued effort found its way in.

Darius Charles rifled in the fifth, before Gary Madine tapped in for the Owls who saw Jermain Johnson sent off.

The substitute was given his marching orders for violent conduct to compound a miserable night for Wednesday boss Gary Megson.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was important to bounce back from the weekend, we were disappointed at that in performance terms and obviously to drop the points.

"We thought long and hard, we talked long and hard and tried to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to do the job tonight.

"I thought the players worked very hard, first half I thought we played scintillating stuff and thoroughly deserved the victory."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was poor from minute one, right the way through to the last minute.

"They played with a lot more desire than us and passed the ball better than we did.

"It was a really bad night for us. That's the worst I have felt for a manager and I have been doing it a long time.

"It was really, really unacceptable. This was a disgrace."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Wilson
  • 03 Laird
  • 04 Charles
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 25 Henry
  • 08 Long (Myrie-Williams - 66' )
  • 21 Mousinho (Walker - 55' )
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 10 Reid (Edwards - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 06 Edwards
  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 28 Walker
  • 20 Beardsley

Sheffield Wed

  • 23 O'Donnell
  • 02 Buxton
  • 03 Bennett (Johnson - 46' Dismissed )
  • 04 Batth
  • 05 R Jones (Johnson - 46' )
  • 06 Semedo
  • 07 Prutton (O'Connor - 46' )
  • 12 Palmer
  • 10 Marshall
  • 14 Madine
  • 19 Morrison

Substitutes

  • 24 Jameson
  • 17 Johnson
  • 08 Lines
  • 11 Johnson
  • 16 O'Connor
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 4,339

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

13 3

Corners

8 5

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:58

Josh Walker takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

88:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Vitor Semedo on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Josh Walker takes the free kick.

86:17

Scott Laird takes the free kick.

86:17 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Jermaine Johnson for violent conduct.

85:47

Jermaine Johnson challenges Scott Laird unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Edwards by Jermaine Johnson. Scott Laird takes the free kick.

83:39

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot.

82:51

Michael Bostwick is caught offside. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

82:06

James O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Jennison Myrie-Williams. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick.

80:38

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker, Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

79:47

Liam Palmer fouled by Jennison Myrie-Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.

78:44

Danny Batth produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

78:19

Darius Charles challenges Reda Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Lewis Buxton.

77:03

Unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Mark Roberts results in a free kick. Ben Marshall shoots direct from the free kick.

76:28 Substitution

Substitution Phil Edwards comes on in place of Craig Reid.

75:42

Outswinging corner taken by Josh Walker from the right by-line.

74:14

Reda Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darius Charles. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Josh Walker, blocked by Jose Vitor Semedo.

73:16

Jose Vitor Semedo provided the assist for the goal.

73:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Madine - Stevenage 5 - 1 Sheff Wed Gary Madine finds the back of the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Stevenage 5-1 Sheff Wed.

71:29

Mark Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Marshall.

68:00

Effort from outside the penalty area by Ben Marshall goes wide left of the goal.

66:50

Lawrie Wilson provided the assist for the goal.

66:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Darius Charles - Stevenage 5 - 0 Sheff Wed A goal is scored by Darius Charles from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 5-0 Sheff Wed.

65:21 Substitution

Substitution Jennison Myrie-Williams comes on in place of Stacy Long.

60:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Reda Johnson by Craig Reid. Richard O'Donnell takes the direct free kick.

59:06

Stacy Long is ruled offside. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

57:37

Effort on goal by Mark Roberts from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

56:56

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Walker from the right by-line, clearance made by Reda Johnson.

56:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Reda Johnson on Darius Charles. Josh Walker takes the free kick.

55:50

Effort on goal by Jermaine Johnson from just inside the area clears the bar.

55:04

Craig Reid takes a shot. Save made by Richard O'Donnell.

54:02 Substitution

Substitution John Mousinho leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Walker.

52:16

Reda Johnson challenges Darius Charles unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Scott Laird from left wing, Clinton Morrison makes a clearance.

51:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Reid. Richard O'Donnell takes the free kick.

49:06

Foul by Jose Vitor Semedo on John Mousinho, free kick awarded. John Mousinho takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution David Prutton goes off and James O'Connor comes on.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Reda Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rob Jones.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Julian Bennett goes off and Jermaine Johnson comes on.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:56

The official flags Craig Reid offside. Indirect free kick taken by Richard O'Donnell.

43:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lawrie Wilson on Ben Marshall. Free kick taken by Jose Vitor Semedo.

41:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Buxton by Darius Charles. Danny Batth restarts play with the free kick.

40:08

Darius Charles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Prutton. David Prutton takes the direct free kick.

37:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Lawrie Wilson - Stevenage 4 - 0 Sheff Wed A goal is scored by Lawrie Wilson from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 4-0 Sheff Wed.

36:40

Foul by Gary Madine on Jon Ashton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.

36:09

Shot from outside the box by Ronnie Henry goes wide right of the target.

35:37

Corner taken right-footed by John Mousinho to the near post, Julian Bennett makes a clearance.

34:18

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Gary Madine concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Laird. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

33:33

The official flags Gary Madine offside. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

32:38

Shot on goal by Liam Palmer from just inside the area goes over the target.

31:42

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Marshall, Stacy Long makes a clearance.

30:23

Corner taken right-footed by John Mousinho.

30:07

Darius Charles takes a shot. Rob Jones gets a block in.

29:22

Liam Palmer challenges Darius Charles unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Mousinho takes the direct free kick.

23:51

Rob Jones takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

21:16

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

21:01

Ben Marshall takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

19:40

Clinton Morrison is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chris Day.

19:21

Lawrie Wilson takes a shot. Save by Richard O'Donnell.

16:41

The assist for the goal came from John Mousinho.

16:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Bostwick - Stevenage 3 - 0 Sheff Wed Michael Bostwick finds the back of the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 3-0 Sheff Wed.

16:11

Corner taken right-footed by John Mousinho from the right by-line,

15:38

Julian Bennett has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14:49

Ben Marshall decides to take a short corner.

14:23

Corner taken by Ben Marshall played to the near post, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.

12:55

David Prutton challenges Michael Bostwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Laird takes the free kick.

12:07

Foul by Julian Bennett on Lawrie Wilson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jon Ashton.

9:30

Darius Charles provided the assist for the goal.

9:30 Goal scored

Goal! - John Mousinho - Stevenage 2 - 0 Sheff Wed John Mousinho scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-0 Sheff Wed.

5:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Reid - Stevenage 1 - 0 Sheff Wed Craig Reid grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Sheff Wed.

5:18

Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

4:22

John Mousinho takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

3:04

Inswinging corner taken by John Mousinho.

2:52

Stacy Long takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Batth.

0:43

Rob Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Darius Charles. Direct free kick taken by Scott Laird, Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Richard O'Donnell makes a save.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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