Wednesday Frustrated To Draw With Ipswich
3pm Saturday April 16th, 2016
Wednesday drew in frustrating circumstances yesterday at home to an Ipswich Town side that look unlikely to trouble the Owls challenge for the playoffs. Forestieri opened the scoring only for 16-year-old Dozzell to head the visitors level, before Wednesday failed to convert a host of chances as the game ebbed away.
The result left the sixth-placed Owls five points clear of Cardiff, who were held to a goalless home draw by QPR.
Ipswich created the first opportunity of the game in the fifth minute when Freddie Sears beat the offside trap and forced a smart save from Kieren Westwood, before the Owls responded with Daniel Pudil heading over a Ross Wallace corner from inside the six-yard box as both sides looked for the opener.
Shortly after a long range Westwood clearance created havoc for the Ipswich defence and Lucas Joao was unlucky to see his shot go wide of the post as the home crowd started to lift. Joao was in on goal again in the 20th minute but he could not beat keeper Bartosz Bialkowski from close range after a Pudil through ball. Soon after Tom Lees headed Wallace's far-post corner wide of the post as Wednesday cranked up the pressure. Joao played in Bannan who narrowly missed the far post, but Ipswich clean sheet didn't last too much longer.
Wednesday`s leading scorer Fernando Forestieri gave Wednesday the lead in the 42nd minute, smashing home his 15th goal of the season from close range after Christophe Berra failed to clear a Wallace cross from the left and the ball ricocheted for Joao into his path and there was only going to be one outcome.
Forestieri looked to add a second Wednesday goal as he took the ball off Joao and flicked the ball over Tommy Smith before shooting just over the bar, followed by a strike from the edge of the box just over.
Bannan was next to waste a golden opportunity to add to the hosts' lead with 25 minutes left to play after he was put through on goal by Joao, and his shot was easily gathered by Bialkowski.
Ipswich levelled the scores when debutant Dozzell, headed in a Liam Feeney cross from close range, that goal cued the Owls to besiege the Town and Joao was first with a low shot saved by Bialkowski.
David McGoldrick struck a low effort straight down the throat of Westwood after a quick break and Wallace had a fierce shot parried by Bialkowski as both sides sought a winner. Bialkowski managed to smother the ball from in front of on-rushing substitute Gary Hooper.
A mix-up between defender Luke Chambers and Bialkowski almost led to a comical own goal as the latter smashed the ball aimlessly at his team-mate and was lucky to see it go just wide of the post.
Wallace was denied again in the 90th minute from the edge of the area as Wednesday were frustrated.
Again the little Italian wizard was at the heart of all things Wednesday did well, the success of the Owls season could be down to Forestieri's performances and goals over the next four games and potentially in the playoffs.