Wednesday 0-0 Wolves
19/1/13 - 3pm
A FINISHING touch in front of goal eluded Wednesday as Dave Jones had to settle for a Championship point for his men against his former club.
The Owls played well enough in freezing conditions at Hillsborough and did everything but find the back of the net as Wolves boss Dean Saunders made it two points from his first two games since succeeding Stale Solbakken in the Molineux hot seat.
The point kept Wednesday three points above the relegation zone, with other results down at the bottom mostly going their way, although they may view it as two points dropped rather than one gained.
Jones made wholesale changes to the side that bowed out of the FA Cup at MK Dons in midweek, reverting pretty much back to the same side that won at Hull City last weekend. Only David Prutton, back from a two-game suspension, returned in place of Rhys McCabe in midfield.
On paper at least, the visitors looked strong, but have been under-performing so far this term. One of those star names, Kevin Doyle, had a good early chance for the visitors but Owls defender Anthony Gardner thwarted him with a fine challenge.
Chances were at a premium throughout the first half, with the freezing conditions seemingly the winner, although the Wednesday ground staff had done a superb job in getting the pitch in top condition despite the recent snowfall.
The Owls had looked comfortable, if not threatening, in the early stages and their first real chance of note came when Michail Antonio threaded his way through the Wolves defence but was thwarted by an on-rushing Wolves stopper Carl Ikeme just before the half-hour mark.
It sparked an upping of gears for the hosts, who spent much of the rest of the half inside Wolves territory but without finding the breakthrough.
A number of consecutive corners had the visitors on the back foot but Wednesday could not capitalise, with Reda Johnson being denied with the Owls' best effort.
Antonio struck another effort just wide before half-time as the sides went into the break on level terms.
Wednesdayites in the stands were sensing the three points were there for the taking but, although having the best of the possession on the restart, chances continued to be few and far between in the second half.
In fact, one of the better chances for Wednesday came from a mistake from the visitors, with a slip in defence allowing Antonio to capitalise, gain possession but boot the ball frustratingly over the bar.
On-loan Jeremy Helan also struck an effort into the side netting as Wednesday called the tune without finding the back of the net.
Saunders looks to have instilled some more steel into the Wolves back line and so Wednesday found out, but a draw at least keeps the Owls three points above the bottom three.
Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Gardner, R Johnson, Lee, Prutton, Coke, Helan, Antonio, J Johnson (Madine 84). Unused substitutes: Bywater, Mattock, Taylor, Semedo, Maguire, Sidibe.
Wolves: Ikeme, Henry, Ebanks-Blake (Cassidy 77), Sako (Peszko 81), Ward, Johnson, Berra, Zubar, Davis (O`Hara 59), Doyle, Foley. Unused substitutes: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Batth.
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