Much Changed Owls Beaten by Wolves
12.30pm Saturday May 7th, 2016
A much changed and significantly under-strength Wednesday side slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in their final Championship match of the regular season.
With Owls fans in party mood and fancy dress to brighten up a 'meaningless` match in the grand scheme of things. Those fans witnessed a Michael Turner own goal followed by a George Saville strike in the 35th minute that doubled the lead.
Despite a Lewis McGugan penalty late on after good work from Palmer and Stobbs. The lose condemned the Owls' to their fourth consecutive loss at Molineux.
Wolves for their part ended a home hoodoo with victory after four straight 0 - 0 draws as well as the search for a goal on home soil in over six-hours. Wednesday already confirmed a sixth-placed finish in the Championship and fielded a team with 10-changed including starts for Matias, McGugan, McGeady and maybe for the last time Talisman Jose Semedo.
It didn't take long as Wednesday loanee Michael Turner turned into his own net after neat play from Matt Doherty rolled a cross that the Owls central defender knocked in off the post, much to the annoyance of Joe Wildsmith in the Owls goal.
There was a warning shot earlier as Jed Wallace had a goal disallowed for offside. Wednesday sought a swift response to falling behind and they would have found one as well had it not been for the Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.
He pulled off a stunning one-handed save to deflect away a fierce free kick from McGugan who was playing purposefully to make a point.The Owls were left frustrated as Everton loanee Aiden McGeady saw his dribble and shot deflected to safety with Wolves keeper Ikeme stranded.
Wolves then doubled the score as Saville finished from within the Owls` area after another cross from Doherty was stopped or cleared.
Wednesday made a better start to the second half and came close to pulling one back when McGeady crossed for Nuhiu to head over, just. Nuhiu used his height to good effect again after 58 minutes when he met a cross from Joao only for his latest effort to fly wide.
The Owls makeshift side had taken control and Liam Palmer was next to try his luck as he hit a long range effort at Ikeme. Marco Matias saw an overhead kick flash past the post as Wednesday searched for a route back into the match. Jack Stobbs took to the field and his direct running style finally allowed the Owls to get on the scoresheet.
But, it was in the final minute as he drove past Wolves defenders to tee up a Liam Palmer cross that was handled by Doherty. Despite the Owls fans wishes to see Jose Semedo take, McGugan stepped up and slotted home. But it was too late to deny Wolves a home win.
Maybe, but hopefully not his last appearance in a Wednesday shirt. However, despite the result Semedo played with the almost expected heart on his sleeve attitude and broke up the play in the first half and during the second ensured that Wednesday had a firm platform to build on going forward. If he is to depart S6 he won't be short of suitors!