SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY’s 100 per cent home record in League One ended as they were held by Brentford.
there were a few concerns for Wednesday as Brentford had the better of the early exchanges.
The visitors made their intentions plain by starting with only one up front and five in midfield, no doubt in an attempt to stifle the Owls but they also threw men forward and attacked towards the Kop end.
O’Connor fouled right winger McGinn in the first minute and from the free kick by Saunders, Alexander headed over the bar from six yards. The best effort so far came from O’Connor. A shot by Marshall was well headed out and the midfielder produced an acrobatic volley and hit it like a striker but Lee made a great save.
The home side should have been ahead though when a left wing corner from Marshall came in to the penalty area and Jones got himself in a tangle, heading the ball away from goal.
Marshall was Wednesday’s best player, taking men on and firing in crosses from the left.
But the Owls were hit on the break after a poor free kick by Lines was cleared and Brentford had three players dashing forward with oneof them, Saunders, wasting a promising situation by shooting wide from the edge of the box.
A mistake by Buxton left Batth in trouble and if he had not brought down striker Donaldson, midway in the home half - a tackle that earned him a booking - there could have been real danger.
Donaldson was lucky to escape a booking after angrily belting the ball in to the Kop because a decision had gone against him but Wednesday were even more fortunate with an incredible chance for the visitors.
From a left wing free kick, Llera was unmarked a few yards out and looked sure to score but headed against the bar. Moments later, the ball was knocked back in to the box and this time striker Donaldson who had a close range chance but he nodded it over the top.
Two minutes later, a good save by Lee, down to his left, kept out a left footed drive by Marshall.
Wednesday 0 Brentford 0
Half time had provided a respite from a lively game that could have been a high scoring draw but there was soon even more to talk about.
Jermaine Johnson replaced O’Connor on the right side of midfield five minutes into the second half after Palmer had begun it in the place of Lines who had been having something of an off day.
It was an entertaining game between two fairly evenly matched sides but there was a blow for Wednesday when Semedo, who had received treatment earlier, for what looked like a facial injury, left the pitch slowly with physio Paul Smith to be replaced by Morrison in the 68th minute.
For a full report, plus match pix, see the Green’Un.