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Hillsborough (ATT 23,793) 9th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Oliver

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Burnley Burnley

Sodje & Tudgay sink Clarets

Last Updated: 09/08/08 5:42pm

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Sodje: Two-goal salvo

Sodje: Two-goal salvo

Sheffield Wednesday got their campaign off to a flying start with a 4-1 win over Burnley at Hillsborough.

Two goals apiece from Marcus Tudgay and Akpo Sodje helped Brian Laws' men to a resounding opening day win.

Burnley striker Martin Paterson marked his debut with a goal, but it proved to be in vain for the visitors.

Opener

The Owls made a flying start with Tudgay despatching Sodje's ball in from the left into the top corner from 20 yards.

James O'Connor, making his Owls debut against his former club following his summer switch, saw his long-range effort well held.

A little over three minutes into the game Sodje doubled the Owls' advantage, firing home from the edge of the penalty area following Deon Burton's pass.

Burnley pulled a goal back in the sixth minute when Paterson, one of four players making their debuts for Owen Coyle's side, was first to Graham Alexander's cross and headed home into the top corner.

But the Owls restored their two-goal lead in the 17th minute when Sodje converted Jermaine Johnson's left-wing cross from six yards.

Johnson was denied moments later by Burnley goalkeeper Diego Penny, who marked his debut with a flying save to deny the winger's fizzing 20-yard drive.

Blow
The Owls were then dealt an unexpected blow when Sodje limped out of the action with what appeared to be an ankle injury in the 21st minute.

Owls goalkeeper Lee Grant tipped Chris McCann's 25-yard shot round his post soon after the restart and pulled off another fine save to deny Robbie Blake's rasping drive as Burnley resumed full of purpose.

But Wednesday rode out the early storm in the second period and effectively killed the game off in the 65th minute when Tudgay fired his second.

Clarke found his strike partner with a deft pass inside the penalty area and Tudgay applied an emphatic finish, high into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

Tudgay was denied a hat-trick in the 72nd minute when his 25-yard shot was brilliantly saved by Penny.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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