Sheffield Wednesday took their first away point of the season tonight in a battling 1-1 performance at Charlton Athletic.
Wednesday had started off the evening demanding for an improvement in away form.
They had lost at Bradford on penalties in the JPT, at Blackburn in the Carling Cup, and at both Bury and Bournemouth in the league.
Their opponents had had the better of things in League One before kick off, they lie in third place behind Sheffield United and MK Dons.
It took Athletic just two minutes and 38 seconds to go ahead, Paul Hayes doing the spade work before Bradley Wright-Phiilips found the bottom left corner of the net from just outside the area with a crisp shot.
It was a near-post goal that Richard O’Donnell, or nearest defender Danny Batth, would not want to see again on Sky TV.
Wright-Phillips, who has scored four times this season, was a pest for the Owls early on, the 26-year-old set up Dale Stephens whose shot from inside the area went over the bar.
While Wednesday had their share of the play, an animated Gary Megson hauled off Chris Sedgwick for Ryan Lowe after 18 minutes.
And Jose Vitor Semedo was booked for a off-the-play foul on Bradley Wright-Phillips, before the half-time whistle.
Interestingly, Megson seemed to cut his interval talk short- his side were out on the pitch well for the second session well before their opponents.
Lowe picked up an injury on 50 minutes, he went up for a high ball, endured a clash of heads and fell awkwardly on his ankle and had to be replaced.
It looked a nasty injury for the 32-year-old debutant striker from Bury.
But Wednesday picked themselves up on 56 mins and equalised when 32-year-old sub Clinton Morrison nodded in off the underside of the bar.
Morrison, who had come on for Lowe, ran the length of the pitch to celebrate. Morrison, who seemed utterly super-charged, earned a booking soon after.
Semedo, a former Charlton player, was given a rousing round of applause by both sets of fans when he was subbed for James O’Connor on 72 mins.
*Sheffield Wednesday starting line up and bench: O’Donnell. Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Semedo, Reynolds, Prutton, Lines, Sedgwick, Marshall, Madine. Substitutes: Jameson, Kasnik, O’Connor, Morrison, Lowe.
*Read an expert analysis of Wednesday’s performance in Tuesday’s Star.