sheffield WEDNESDAY’s bad run continued with a defeat at Chesterfield.
Wednesday might have had a penalty when Lowe seemed to be impeded on the byline. Soon after, when the striker was waiting for a Lines’ free kick to drop to him it took a deflection in front of him and slowed his judgement.
It had been all Wednesday so far but they needed a good save by Bywater to keep out a well struck shot by Ridehalgh in the 29th minute from just inside the box, the keeper stretching up to beat the ball away.
Jones needed attention on the touchline for a facial injury and came back with a change of shirt.
Wednesday looked for a penalty when Lowe chased a through ball from Lines and Lee challenged. The striker certainly thought it was a foul and so did the away fans but the referee had a long look and gave nothing.
It was the same a minute later when Chesterfield appealed for a challenge by Reda Johnson on Lester
Wednesday were losing a little of their attacking momentum and Chesterfield created a chance in the 37th minute.
Lester beat Jones and played a neat ball to his strike partner Ajose who came inside on his left foot but shot well past Bywater’s right hand post.
Chesterfield after losing Robertson switched Ridehalgh to left back, moved Ajose to the left side of midfield and moved Morgan up front.
The home team threatened when Davis made space for himself and had a try from 25 yards but then the shot flew right over the bar.
The Owls took off O’Grady and sent on Madine in the 54th minute and the sub almost scored with virtually his first touch.
He linked up well with Lowe on the edge of the box and his left foot shot was blocked.
The worry for Wednesday was that they had failed to score when they were well on top. They had also lost Jermaine Johnson’s pace.
But Bywater saved the Owls again. After a free kick from the left, drove across the box to Talbot the former Owls man shot low and hard and saw the keeper go down to his right to make an excellent save.
Chesterfield applied pressure in possibly the best spell off the game so far.
Megson took off Lines, sent on Morrison and switched to 4-3-3 with the third substitute swiftly involved with a shot on the turn that was blocked.
Wednesday lived dangerously again when Morgan beat Jones after a fortunate deflection and in space for a shot but Batth made a vital block and was hit by the ball where it hurts.
The game was much more even than in the first half and very open with Wednesday intent on winning and sticking with 4-3-3. Batth made a brilliant tackle on Morgan but that was not the case when after Ridehalgh played a short ball to Ajose the latter was brought down by Bostock just inside the left side of the area. MORGAN slammed the penalty into Bywater’s bottom right hand corner in the 78th minute as the keeper dived the wrong way.
Wednesday threw everything forward now and Chesterfield had some miraculous escapes. After a Morrison header from a Bostock corner was blocked in the goal mouth, a header by Jones was cleared off the line and just after that under further intense pressure a Morrison shot was deflected wide.
Madine lofted the ball just wide and Batth in the last minute of normal time drove a shot over the bar from 20 yards.
The Owls were battling away while the home side hung on grimly.