SHEFFIELD Wednesday came from behind to earn a win at Charlton with two late goals, and the winner from Leroy Lita on his debut.
It was hard to believe that four days ago Charlton doubted whether today’s game would go ahead and appealed for volunteers to shift 110 tonnes of snow from the pitch at The Valley.
Those efforts followed by a thaw meant there wasn’t a snowflake in sight inside the stadium, and the surrounding area was snow free with the weather more spring-like than wintry.
Pugh, on his debut, won a corner after challenging for a far post cross from Antonio and thensoon afterwards Coke gave Antonio the glimpse of a shooting chance.
The striker controlled the ball neatly and checked on his right foot but curled his shot well off target.
The Owls then had a golden chance in the 44th minute.
After the ball was cleared out to Buxton, the full back launched it back in to the box where Llera jumped with the keeper, the ball fell loose and Reda Johnson, perhaps off balance, could only knock it wide of an open goal from around 10 yards as he fell.
This had been anyone’s game so far and it tilted Charlton’s way when they grabbed the lead in the 47th minute with a counter attack following a Wednesday corner.
Pugh’s kick from the right side was caught by the keeper who launched the break. The Owls were caught with men still trying to get back and Wilson played a lovely pass to find right back Solly, whose cross was knocked down in the box by Pritchard for captain JACKSON to drive a shot along the ground which went in off the foot of Kirkland’s left hand post.
Wednesday finally drew level in the 82nd minute. Buxton floated a cross from the right and REDA JOHNSON soared at the far corner of the six yard box to direct a fine header into Hamer’s top left hand corner. Wednesday hadn’t finished yet as they threw men forward and Jermaine Johnson made a terrific run from the inside right position before slipping the ball to LITA who swept a right foot shot from 12 yards out inside the left hand post