Wednesday can only draw with QPR
7.45pm Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Wednesday pressured the QPR goal throughout the match but ended up with what could their second disappointing result of the week. After a missed penalty, followed by a goal against the run of play by the visitors it was Atdhe Nuhiu's header that rescued a point for Wednesday yesterday evening.
Wednesday dominated the game and created a variety of chances in the first half to open the scoring. However a collection of good goalkeeping, poor finishing and the ball just not quite dropping for Hooper or Nuhiu kept the scores level. However, it was Owls midfielders Kieran Lee and Ross Wallace who were both guilty of firing wide of the target with the best chances of the half.
As the visitors struggled to make headway at the other end, Smithies almost gifted the Owls the opening goal as he spilled Aiden McGeady's high ball into the box, only just managing to gather it at the second time of asking.
Moments onto the second 45, Wednesday were awarded a penalty as Owls striker Gary Hooper was brought down after avoiding the first of two poor tackles in the R`s box.
Nuhiu who scored his last penalty for the Owls witnessed his placed but tame penalty saved down low to his left by Rangers keeper Alex Smithies.
As often happens in football, the punishment wasn't over as the visitors took advantage at Hillsborough as Daniel Tozser's fierce left-footed strike gave QPR the lead after the ball was partially cleared to him by the Owls backline. Wednesday, losing ground on the top four set about finding the back of the net to draw matters level. And the big man, Nuhiu atoned for his early miss as he guided Daniel Pudil's lobbed cross past Smithies just after the hour mark.
The Owls lead by Joao, Hooper and Nuhiu piled on the pressure to find a winner with Joao heading wide. Before, Kieran Lee was denied what looked like a clear penalty late on, after his neat skill moved the ball away from the R`s defence for him to be clattered into before he could pull the trigger. The referee waved play on and as the clock ticked away the last chance fell to Joao whose powerful header was straight at Smithies.
Wednesday now head to the KC Stadium to visit the league leaders Hull City on Friday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras, needing a win to maintain their playoff challenge after results around them mean the points gap has been closed after a loss and draw so far this week.
Put is another hard working performance alongside Kieran Lee on a night where the ball just didn't quite drop right for the Owls.