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Coventry 1 - Wednesday 1

Ricoh Arena, Coventry

27/03/10 - 3pm

Attendance: 17,608

Coventry 1-1 Wednesday

FORMER Owl Richard Wood thwarted Wednesday from getting all three points after Luke Varney had given the Owls the lead in a 1-1 stalemate at the Ricoh Arena.

Wood netted with just over ten minutes remaining after Varney had grabbed his second goal in as many games to give Alan Irvine's men a 67th minute lead against the Sky Blues.

The point was enough to move the Owls five points clear of relegation trouble after all of the bottom three lost, while Wednesday also moved a position up the Championship table above Scunthorpe United.

It stretches Wednesday's unbeaten run to five matches and will give Wednesdayites plenty of reasons to be cheerful in the battle against the drop.

Boss Irvine made just one forced change to the side that beat Watford in midweek with Leon Clarke replacing the injured Tommy Miller in the starting eleven.

The game started in lively fashion and Wednesday, buoyed by their last-gasp win against Watford, forced the first effort on goal when Darren Potter tested Keiren Westwood in the Sky Blues' goal.

It didn't take long for the hosts to respond and Mark Beevers had to be alert to block a Carl Baker effort before former Owls academy product Wood saw his header from the resulting corner cleared off the line by Potter.

But the Owls were more than a match for their hosts throughout and Eddie Nolan came close to making it two goals in as many games before being denied by Westwood while Marcus Tudgay glanced a header wide.

Wednesday also had a goal chalked off when the referee adjudged Tudgay to have fouled a City player before Clarke rifled his effort into the back of the net.

Half-Time: Coventry 1-1 Wednesday

Coventry boss Chris Coleman clearly wasn't happy with the side's first-half display and he made a double change at the interval.

Clinton Morrison, so often successful against the Owls, and David Bell were both introduced in place of Freddie Eastwood and former Blade Jon Stead to add different problems for the Owls' back line.

And Morrison was almost celebrating the opener only for the referee to chalke off his 'goal' following good work by former Owls target Freddie Sears.

Both sides were going for maximum points and Varney and Clarke both went close to breaking the deadlock before the former finally found the back of the net on 69 minutes.

In-form Varney found his way by Martin Cranie before drilling a fine effort beyond Westwood to send the travelling Wednesdayites barmy.

It gave Irvine's men something to hold on to for the final 20 minutes and they looked like they were going to after Coventry threw everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at Lee Grant's goal.

The visitors looked to have held out before Wood popped up with the leveller just ten minutes later.

A long, hopeful ball forward saw the City stand-in skipper force his way in front of Grant to tap into the goal and give his side a share of the spoils - as well as silencing the chorus of booing directed his way from the away end throughout the match.

The Owls will have left feeling they deserved all three points from the clash, but had a point been offered before surely Irvine would have taken that - especially given the other results at the bottom end of the Championship.

Full-Time: Coventry 1-1 Wednesday

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 27 2010

Time: 5:31PM

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had to be him didnt it-hope he got plenty of boo's
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27/03/2010 18:02:00

Think we all saw that one coming didn't we, however would have taken a point after Palace's result earlier so not too disheartened. Another point further away from drop zone, another point nearer safety. UTO and hope results go our way midweek prior to 3 points off Warnocks shower next Saturday.
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27/03/2010 19:03:00

It had to be Wood, didn't it. Glad to keep Morrison off the scoresheet. A valuable point which as you say we'll take with pleasure.
Auckland Owl
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27/03/2010 20:21:00

Fecking Woody haaaar
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28/03/2010 07:02:00

Weds needed the goal their pressure in first half deserved. Could not see anything wrong with Clarke's disallowed effort. I don't share the sense of optimism. Other strugglers have games in hand on us but hope I'm wrong.
owling wolf
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28/03/2010 13:52:00

good old united. they have managed to lose to all the bottom teams in the last few weeks. the performance level seems to have picked up and we should scrape out by the skin of our teeth
Hirsty's Shinpads
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28/03/2010 15:02:00

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28/03/2010 23:38:00

Watford and Palace are Cockneys, bfl? Have you discussed that with them, o brainless one?
Auckland Owl
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29/03/2010 05:40:00

Don't care who scored for them - it was a good point. BFL you really must want us to go down if you are prepared to sacrifice whats left of your play off challenge for a humiliating home defeat to s****horpe. All blades fans may be cock en eees for the rest of the season, but all Owls have been Kevin Blackwell fans all season for the job he is doing. Long live King Kev!
Radon Barrier
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29/03/2010 10:19:00

and we are still miles above you and that's with having to sell our best players and a squad full of injured players and a crap manager. what's that say about you sorry lot eh pig?
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29/03/2010 13:59:00

pigforlife we've got something common with you, all wednesday fans like West Ham you pigscum
ecco owl
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29/03/2010 14:59:00

so now you are bragging about having a crap manager and HAVING to sell your best players. All you are interested in is being above the blue n white wizards, because that is all you can (occassionally) hope for. Whats that say about your chairman AND your expectations you peurile streaky bacon eating monosyllabic dimwit?
Radon Barrier
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29/03/2010 16:18:00

occassionally you mean for the last 10 years moron!!
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29/03/2010 20:50:00

Its funny everyone I talk to who supporrts neither us or the Piggys can't stand them. You are a dirty long ball team with a negative manager who is just as much as a ***** as Warnock was. Yeah we are struggling but you're lot arent great and can't play football. Oh and Irvine is the best manager we have had at the club in some time. He will do very well with the right backing. Up the Owls. And Scum for life go back to you're own site.
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