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Wednesday 1-1 Coventry

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Coventry City

Hillsborough, Sheffield

01/04/08 - 19:45

Attendance: 21,110


Wednesday missed the chance to pick up three vital points against relegation rivals Coventry City and in the end were fortunate to get a point as captain Richard Wood bagged a late, late leveller.

Owls boss Brian Laws made a bold move by putting winger Jermaine Johnson at right-back with Frank Simek, Richard Hinds and Lee Bullen all out through injury.

But it almost cost him, with the Jamaican being at fault for the Coventry goal in a lacklustre game of football which neither side really looked like winning when both would have given anything for three crucial points.

Laws made two changes to the side that drew with Stoke City at the weekend, Johnson filling in at right-back and Burton O'Brien coming back in to the starting line-up with Wade Small out.

The Sky Blues switched ends to start the match, leaving the Owls attacking the Kop end for the first half, and Wednesday made the brighter start forcing a number of early corners which saw skipper Wood head over Kasper Schmeichel's bar.

Michael Mifsud must have been earmarked as a danger man by the Owls boss and it was he who created the first chance for the visitors with a shot which was comfortably saved by in-form Owls stopper Grant.

But Wednesday edged the first half and created the more clear-cut chances, mostly through the impressive Franck Songo'o, and it was the Portsmouth loanee who beat two markers before drilling the ball back for Graham Kavanagh to send just wide of the goal after Deon Burton had dummied.

Coventry's response at the other end came as Mifsud and Robbie Simpson linked well for a second time to see the latter lash a powerful shot across the face of goal which Grant palmed away for a corner.

Youngster Sean McAllister had been impressive in recent matches since being drafted in by the Owls boss and the youngster was having arguably his best game in a Wednesday shirt, more than making up for the poor passing of his more experienced midfield colleague Kavanagh.

McAllister was a real engine in the centre of the Wednesday midfield but he had to go off just minutes before the break after a clash in the midfield, a blow for Wednesday, with Adam Bolder coming on to replace him.

Wednesday did have a late chance in the first half but Richard Wood sent another header over the bar from a Kavanagh set-piece - with the Owls' set-pieces leaving little to be desired in the first-half.

Half-Time: Wednesday 0-0 Coventry

Both sides attacked for a breakthrough in an even and end-to-end opening 45 minutes but it couldn't have been any different in a poor second half where both sides looked relatively happy with a point with the performance on the pitch.

Franck Songo'o had other ideas though, and the Portsmouth man was putting in another man-of-the-match performance and becoming the biggest, and probably only, threat for the Owls down the right wing with Johnson also offering his pace in support.

Songo'o produced another sublime bit of tricky to fool two Coventry defenders before neatly turning another, but his team-mates failed to be on the same wavelength as the move ended with nothing to show for his efforts.

And it was Songo'o who fired the first shot on goal of the second half with an angled drive which went comfortably over Schmeichel's goal minutes later.

Chris Coleman's men had a half-shout at a penalty at the other end after Tommy Spurr looked to have felled Richard Duffy in the box, but the referee waved play on to the bemusement of the Sky Blues' boss. Mifsud again tested Grant at his near-post in response.

But makeshift right-back Johnson was to have two defining moments of the match in a matter of minutes.

First, he recovered well to produce a top-drawer goal-saving challenge after Coventry had played with the ball at the edge of the box.

But just minutes later he mis-kicked Robbie Simpson's corner straight to City substitute Zavon Hines who made no mistake in lashing his first goal for the club in to the roof of Lee Grant's goal to open the scoring.

Chances for the Owls had come few and far between, with the front two of Deon Burton and Ben Sahar struggling to make any kind of impact, which was made harder by the route one approach.

But to their credit, Wednesday continued to push forward in the four minutes of time added on and it was Wood who arrived in the nick of time to nick a point and head his effort by Schmeichel to the delight of the 21,000+ Owls' faithful.

Despite the late leveller, Coventry will have been the happier team coming away with a point, although it does lift Wednesday out of the bottom three for the first time in a number of weeks and above Southampton and Barnsley.

If they continue to play like this, with a bit more creativity and some luck on the injury front, Wednesday will be enjoying Championship football again next season.

Full-Time: Wednesday 1-1 Coventry

Wednesday: Grant, Johnson, Wood, Beevers, Spurr, Songo'o, Kavanagh (Watson 76), McAllister (Bolder 44), O'Brien (Slusarski 83), Burton, Sahar. Unused substitutes: Burch, Gilbert.

Coventry: Schmeichel, Duffy, Fox, Dann, Ward, Tabb, Hughes, Doyle, Gray (Osbourne 90) Mifsud (Hines 75), Simpson. Unused substitutes: Marshall, Hall, Thornton.

Star Player

Franck Songo'o

The Portsmouth loanee continues to get better and better each game and will be vital in the Owls' current battle against the drop.

Date:Tuesday April 1 2008
Time: 11:14PM


Jesus christ laws.please please drop kav he is pure crap..cannot pass run or cross a ball!..all wednesday fans should pray tonight that sean macca is not badley injured as he is key for me to wednesday staying up..he is the only guy with any drive in midfield and yet again up until him going off he was superb and my man of the match,as soon as he came off and bolder came on we looked a spent force in midfield.
01/04/2008 23:47:00
I felt physically sick as coventry went 1-0 up, Which ever way you look at it, we've had our 3 home games now and not managed a win. So we are relying on other teams now. should of, would of, could of - counts for nothing.
02/04/2008 00:16:00
were not having to rely on other teams at all bigash,we have a game in hand still on most around us..its still in our hands..every chance we can win at Scunthorpe on saturday and i dont see any reason why we cannot get anything from pig central next tuesday..keep the faith mate!
02/04/2008 00:29:00
We've gone up two places, out of the bottom 3, last minute equaliser, still a game in hand on most, easier run in then a good few of those around us, plenty of positives.
02/04/2008 01:39:00
johnson right back!!!!???? wrong!!!???
02/04/2008 06:18:00
johnson had a blinder playin out of position n got stuck in well!! unfortunately he made one mistake n it cost us!! chin up JJ u played very well!! kavanagh needs shootin... if anyone sees him around sheffield knock the t-wat out!! or break his legs just anythin to stop him playin!!
02/04/2008 08:06:00
I listened to the Cov commentary last night, and they were rather amused by Kavanagh. Great. Still, as I thought we were stuffed, to get a draw is quite pleasing.
02/04/2008 08:36:00
I agree Futures - seeing the team line up before ick off I couldn't believe my eyes with JJ at fullback but thought he did a great job and though he was at fault for their goal you can't berate him for one mistake. His tackling technique of just running in and knocking the player over does scare me though - could see him being sent off in a more physical game! Can't understand how BL can't see what we see - Kav has been hitting the first defender at corners and free kicks all season yet he still lets him take them -haven't we ANYONE else who he'd let have a go???? I'd have Songo'o having a pop at free kicks every time!
02/04/2008 08:41:00
Any news on Macca anyone???
02/04/2008 08:42:00
for once we get the good luck, last minute equaliser. so many times we've been on the wrong end of that one!
02/04/2008 09:43:00
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