Wednesday share points with Reading
3pm Saturday January 23rd, 2016
Wednesday witnessed an end to their winning run in 2016 with a hard fought draw with Reading. The game started with the Owls pressing taking the lead through the permanently signed Gary Hooper. But saw Reading fightback to earn a point despite missing a penalty.
Reading have been a force at home had won five of their last six league matches against Wednesday. However, Wednesday are very different team nowadays and were immediately putting on the pressure. Barry Bannan's shot hitting the inside of the post after a short free-kick routine and served as a warning shot. A warning that wasn't acted upon by the Royals. As the opener was struck just two minutes later.
The opening goal of the afternoon arrived as a Keiran Lee cross fell to Fernando Forestieri and rebounded to Hooper, who beat goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to make it four goals in five appearances against the Reading and net his seventh goal for the Owls.
Next up a clumsy looking challenge from Loovens on Vydra gave the hosts a perfrct chance to equalise from the penalty spot. But, to the travelling masses behind the goals relief the Czech international forward slammed the ball against the upright from 12 yards. Leaving the Owls ahead at the break, thanks to Hooper's first strike as a permanent Owls player.
After the break Reading continued to have the majority of the possession, but it was Wednesday's top scorer who had the best chance to score and doubled the away sides lead. But Royals defender Chris Gunter deflected his volley over the bar.
Cooper then scored the Royal's first set-piece goal of the season, rising highest at the back post to head past returning Owls keeper Keiren Westwood to put the two sides level.
Brian McDermott's side had the upper hand and pushed for a winner, but new signing Yan Kermorgant's close-range header was off target, as they moved into 13th place in the table, with Wednesday staying sixth well in the playoff mix.
Next up a potential banana skin in the FA Cup fourth round away at Shrewsbury for the Owls.
Having only trained once this week, Hooper still managed to mark his first apperance as permanent Wednesday player with a neatly taken goal, here's to many more this season and beyond for the Owls number 14.