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Football: Ken-win's back with a stunner; Sheff Wed 0 Southampton 1.

Byline: Tim WORSNOP

KENWYNE JONES came back to haunt Hillsborough and the side whose promotion charge he helped kick-start as a loan player here just 11 months ago.

Jones, a rangy 20-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international, scored brilliantly after 21 minutes to bag Saints' first win of the campaign.

And Owls boss Paul Sturrock groaned: "It had to be Kenwyne who scored. I would have loved to have signed him but we knew we couldn't when he came on loan."

Jones set the blue half of Sheffield on fire during a three-month spell when he scored seven goals in seven games.

Jones's contribution was outstanding but the solitary goal that unlocked this game owed much to good luck despite his breathtaking finish.

There appeared little danger as Richard Wood was given the ball. But as he shaped to clear he suddenly lost his footing on the saturated surface and Jones pounced in a flash.

The striker then won a tussle with covering player Frank Simek before firing in a thunderbolt of a shot from the narrowest of angles to leave goalkeeper David Lucas stunned.

Sturrock said: "Woody is distraught but we must all remember he is only 19."

The win was vitally important for Southampton, who arrived in South Yorkshire with just a solitary point from their first two games outside the Premiership.

And boss Harry Redknapp was delighted. He said: "Our defence looked much more solid and I think we were in control.

"I was particularly pleased because there was a lot of passing and movement on the deck.

"It could be Kenwyne's season. He needs to get his fitness levels up and he could be a really good player."

The defeat was a kick in the teeth for the Wednesday boss, who must so dearly have wanted to put one over on the club who parted company with him just two games into last season.

But Sturrock, who went on to guide Wednesday to promotion, was more concerned about where his side's first win would come from.

He said: "We need to get that first win and we mustn't let our confidence start to ooze away. They've got to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in."

"We have only lost one goal but then we've only scored one and the whole team must take responsibility for that. We are going to have to be more clinical."

That sentiment couldn't have been truer after a barnstorming start in which Owls should have scored.

In the very first minute captain Glenn Whelan rose unchallenged to meet the outstanding Chris Brunt's cross but wasted the chance by glancing his header wide.

Three minutes later Brunt was put clear by debut striker David Graham, signed for pounds 350,000 from Livingston. He tried to catch Antti Niemi off guard with an early shot but dragged the effort wide.

There was much huffing and puffing with little to show from Wednesday, whereas Southampton were a potent threat going forward.

Wednesday had their moments but Southampton might have made it two when Lucas pulled off the save of the game from Matt Oakley midway through the second half.

After the game both Sturrock and Redknapp revealed they were in the hunt for new players.

Wednesday will give 39-year-old striker Steve Claridge the once over in a reserve game next week while Redknapp revealed chairman Rupert Lowe had approved a new signing.

SHEFF WED: Lucas 7 - Simek 7, Lee 6, Wood 6, Hills 6 - Eagles 6 (Partridge, 61mins, 5), Whelan 6, Rocastle 5 (O'Brien 75mins), *BRUNT 8 - Peacock 5, Graham 6 (Proudlock, 61mins, 5).

SOUTHAMPTON: Niemi 6 - Hajto 6, Lundekvam 7, Powell 7, Higginbotham 6 - Prutton 6, Oakley 7, Quashie 6, Belmadi 7 - Blackstock 6 (Walcott, 70mins, 6), *JONES 8 (Delap 84mins). Ref: M Pike 6.


RISING STARS: Wednesday's Graeme versus Lundekvam (above) and Wood outjumps Blackstock (right)
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2005
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