West Brom 1-1 Wednesday
The Hawthorns, West Brom
06/11/07 - 19:45
Wednesday continued their fine form in controversial style as they made it seven points from a possible nine on their travels with a last gasp leveller against high-flying West Brom on Tuesday night.
Former Baggie Steve Watson netted the equaliser five minutes in to added time to give Brian Laws and his charges a share of the spoils after Kevin Phillips had put the hosts in front on 77 minutes.
Baggies boss Tony Mowbray was left fuming at the equaliser, insisting the referee played too many minutes stoppage time, and also pointing towards a possible foul in the build up to the strike.
But Owls fans will be thankful that some luck is finally coming the way of Hillsborough, as Wednesday continue to turn their season around with a strong of fine results of late.
And the result came as an extra boost to Wednesday, following the news that youngster Mark Beevers would be thrown in to the thick of the action following an injury to loanee Michael Johnson, while Glenn Whelan returned from suspension to replace Yoann Folly in midfield.
Albion came in to the clash on the back of an impressive 3-0 victory away at table topping Watford - and it showed as Tony Mowbray's men dominated the match for long spells as they looked to avoid a repeat of the 1-0 defeat to the Owls towards the end of last season.
Owls' stopper Lee Grant has had a question mark over some of his performances of late, but he showed class that bagged him numerous England under-21 call-ups with a top notch performances in between the sticks to keep the costly Baggies strikeforce out.
Wednesday took their time to get in to the game but they withstood the early Albion onslaught and created chances for Marcus Tudgay and Richard Hinds, who both saw efforts flash wide of Dean Kiely's goal.
Wednesday could breathe a sign of relief minutes later as the linesman flagged for offside when Hinds put in his own goal from a dangerous Ishmael Miller cross, a somewhat lucky decision - and it was to be the first of many on the night.
Ishmael Miller has quickly made a name for himself with the Baggies since making the loan switch from Manchester City and it was the powerful forward who brought a top-class save from Grant as Albion looked for a breakthrough, while Phillips saw a header come back out to safety from the woodwork.
But Wednesday did have a good chance of their own just before the break as a dangerous Whelan cross found Tudgay unmarked but he was unable to direct his effort goalwards.
Wednesday will have been delighted to go in to the break on level terms but had to withstand even more Albion pressure on the restart, with Laws keen to avoid letting an early goal slip to their hosts.
Albion continued to press and they were rewarded for their efforts on 77 minutes as Phillips was in the right place to head home a Paul Robinson cross to the delight of the Hawthorns faithful who maybe thought the breakthrough was never going to come against a stubborn Wednesday defence.
And the majority expected nothing other than three points, that was until former player Steve Watson popped up with a late, late leveller.
Wednesday: Grant; Simek, Hinds, Beevers, Spurr; J Johnson (Small 68), Whelan, Watson (c), O'Brien (Burton 72), Sodje (Esajas 87), Tudgay. Subs not used: Bullen, Folly.
West Brom: Kiely; Hoefkens, Albrechtsen (Pele 40), Robinson; Gera (Brunt 75), Greening (c), Koren, Teixeira (Morrison 64); Miller, Phillips. Subs not used: Bednar, MacDonald.