Football: Warhurst's lift for Wednesday

Manchester City. . . .1

Sheffield Wednesday. .2

VIV ANDERSON, a defender who has always scored crucial goals, and Paul Warhurst, the latest version of stopper turned match-winner, gave Sheffield Wednesday a Premier League record of a seventh consecutive victory at Maine Road last night.

Niall Quinn, City's lanky centre-forward, tested Wednesday's nerve with a goal six minutes from the end, but Trevor Francis's side were worthy of this latest landmark and a run of 15 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Michael Quigley, a tenacious midfield player starting a League match for the first time, introduced himself to Chris Waddle in the most robust manner. England's would-be prodigal son then found Keith Curle, City's centre- half and captain, similarly uncompromising.

As an attacking force, City were more subdued, Garry Flitcroft offering the first menacing intent with a half-volley hurled into Chris Woods's midriff. However, Warhurst, the pounds 10,000 Maine Road reject-turned-Wednesday goalscorer, soon found the space to test his pace against Curle and his low cross left Michel Vonk with no alternative but to clear from under Tony Coton's nose.

No City defender was close to challenging Peter Shirtliff from John Sheridan's subsequent centre, but the header cleared Coton's bar.

City replied by way of David White's volley, but Wednesday finished the half the stronger. Anderson, substituting for Danny Wilson, who was carried off with a cracked rib after a vain tackle on Flitcroft, gave Coton the opportunity to produce a desperately needed save, and Warhurst lifted his shot on the run high into the stand. Wilson was taken to hospital and was later joined by Woods - who also had X-rays, on his finger.

Vonk, adding muscle to City's attack from set plays, brought Woods to an important goal-line save from Flitcroft's corner. Warhurst might have exercised Coton's reflexes, but for once he looked every inch a displaced defender, managing only an air shot with City hopelessly stretched at the back.

Quinn, City's Republic of Ireland striker, connected too firmly with Shirtliff for the liking of the referee, Martin Bodenham, and was punished with a booking. White delivered a more acceptable strike, seizing on to a gratuitous ricochet, but giving his shot rather too much elevation.

City's aerial assaults raised hopes again after 65 minutes, when Quinn, under pressure from Anderson, attempted to meet Andy Hill's centre. Neither head connected, but it appeared Anderson's arm did. Vehement penalty appeals left the man in green unmoved.

Wednesday were similarly unruffled and took the lead after 72 minutes. Sheridan turned Waddle's corner goalwards and Anderson, as he has done so often in the past, applied the crucial final touch.

Waddle's perception sprung City's offside trap in the 82nd minute and Mark Bright, restored to Wednesday's team as a second- half substitute, set up a simple opportunity for Warhurst to score his ninth goal in seven matches. Two minutes later, Quinn pulled one back for City when he headed in from Mike Sheron's cross.

Manchester City: Coton; Ranson, Hill, Quigley, Curle, Vonk, White, Sheron, Quinn, Flitcroft, Mike (D Brightwell, 78). Substitutes not used: Ingebrigtsen, Dibble (gk).

Sheffield Wednesday: Woods; Nilsson, Worthington, Palmer, Harkes, Shirtliff, Wilson (Anderson, 44), Waddle, Warhurst, Bart-Williams (Bright, 70), Sheridan. Substitute not used: Pressman (gk).

Referee: M Bodenham (Looe).

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
The Queen and the letter sent to Charlie
Arts and Entertainment
Eurovision Song Contest 2015
EurovisionGoogle marks the 2015 show
Two lesbians hold hands at a gay pride parade.
peopleIrish journalist shares moving story on day of referendum
Arts and Entertainment
<b>Kathryn Williams</b>
When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
I really believe that Louis recognised the music from the tour, and when I gave birth to him at home I played Ray's record as something that he would recognise to come into the world with. </p>
booksKathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
Liz Kendall played a key role in the introduction of the smoking ban
newsLiz Kendall: profile
Life and Style
techPatent specifies 'anthropomorphic device' to control media devices
The PM proposed 'commonsense restrictions' on migrant benefits
voicesAndrew Grice: Prime Minister can talk 'one nation Conservatism' but putting it into action will be tougher
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?