It was a tale of two substitutes as mid-table Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at home to their Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town.
Sergiu Bus, a second-half replacement for Atdhe Nuhiu, bagged his first goal in Owls colours to put them in front in the 86th minute.
But they were pegged back by Ishmael Miller, who pounced three minutes later following a neat knock down by James Vaughan.
Kamil Zayatte has shrugged off the hamstring problem in which he suffered a recurrence of in the warm-up against Rotherham United last time out. The Guinea international gets the nod at the heart of Wednesday’s rearguard over Claude Dielna, who drops to the bench.
Caolan Lavery is rewarded for his strike as a sub versus the Millers with a starting spot, with Jeremy Helan having failed to shake off a groin injury.
It was Wednesday who created the first meaningful opportunity when Lloyd Isgrove, on his home debut, cut inside on to his right foot and floated in a teasing delivery which David Edgar almost headed past Alex Smithies.
The Owls threatened through Marnick Vermijl in the 12th minute. He burst forward at pace before whipping in a dangerous cross which narrowly evaded Atdhe Nuhiu and Isgrove in the middle.
Huddersfield struggled to string anything together in the early exchanges and Nuhiu released Lavery, who, from an acute angle, blazed over.
On a difficult, bobbly surface, Lavery and Kieran Lee combined well before feeding McGugan and the midfielder, on loan from Watford until the end of the season, prodded a shot inches off target.
Huddersfield posed a threat on the half hour mark, with Joel Lynch latching on to Edgar’s clever through ball before turning sharply and forcing a smart stop from Keiren Westwood at his near post.
Smithies, the Terriers long-serving goalkeeper, had to be alert to smother Joe Mattock’s low cross after a good move on the left flank featuring Lavery.
There was a big let off for the hosts in the 41st minute when Edgar’s strike following a Jacob Butterfield corner was cleared off the line by Vermijl.
Moments later, Conor Coady became the first player to be yellow carded after a late tackle on the hard-working Isgrove.
In the second half Atdhe Nuhiu had a shot from the centre of the box blocked after Lee fed him.
With the deadlock still unbroken after 62 minutes Wednesday made a double substitution. Stevie May replaced Kieran Lee and Sergiu Bus replaces Atdhe Nuhiu
Huddersfield also made a change, Ishmael Miller replacing Nahki Wells.
Owls came close to opening the scoring five minutes after the interval when Nuhiu raced on to Lee’s delightful pass, shrugging off the attentions of Mark Hudson before rounding Smithies but the striker’s tame shot was heroically hooked off the line by Joel Lynch.
Lavery, a lively presence throughout, tangled with James in the penalty area in the 58th minute. The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international claimed he should have been awarded a spot-kick but referee Mark Haywood waved play on.
A lovely piece of control from Lavery gave him a sight at goal just after the hour mark. He beautifully brought down McGugan’s crossfield past only for him to cut infield and steer his drive over.
Then Gray decided to make a double change, throwing on Bus and Stevie May at the expense of Nuhiu and Lee.
Huddersfield wasted a glorious opportunity to test the reflexes of Westwood following a four on four breakaway. Butterfield sent Ishmael Miller scampering down the left hand side but the substitute’s fierce strike was superbly blocked by the outstanding Tom Lees.
Bus, making just his first Owls appearance, fired tamely at Smithies as the hosts kept pressing for the opener.
Wednesday nearly got caught on the counter attack thanks to a powerful, surging run from deep by Miller but Westwood snuffed out the danger.
Mark Hudson scythed down McGugan to join Coady and Lynch in the referee’s notebook either side of drilling a shot over and curling a free-kick comfortably into the arms of Smithies.
It seemed inevitable Wednesday would claim just their second home win of 2015 after Bus’s strike only to be pegged back by Miller.
Wednesday: Westwood; Vermijl, Zayatte, Lees, Mattock; Isgrove, Hutchinson, McGugan, Lee; Nuhiu, Lavery. Substitutes: Kirkland, Buxton, May, Maguire, Maghoma, Bus, Dielna.
Huddersfield: Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch, James; Scannell, Coady, Edgar, Butterfield; Wells, Vaughan. Substitutes: Allinson, Miller, Wallace, Lolley, Carroll, Gobern, Majewski.