Owls FT: Ipswich Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Caolan Lavery wrongfoots Luke Chambers

Caolan Lavery wrongfoots Luke Chambers

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Sheffield Wednesday hit back from trailing at Ipswich but then conceded in the second half to fall to defeat.

Wednesday wasted no time in trying to take the game to Ipswich and fielded an attacking line-up.

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday'SkyBET Championship'\Wednesday manager Stuart Gray

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday'SkyBET Championship'\Wednesday manager Stuart Gray

Maguire and Antonio started on the left and right respectively while Lavery - up against his former club - supported Nuhiu down the middle.

Hutchinson was given the right back spot for the first time since joining the Owls and it allowed Stuart Gray to put Lee back in midfield, where the Owls boss thought his influence had been missed.

Antonio was the first to get a glimpse of goal but a swift tackle from right back Chambers stopped him from shooting cleanly.

It was certainly no end-of-season stroll for the players in the opening minutes: both sides played at a crisp tempo, and the ball travelled true on a well-watered pitch that also caused several players to slip to the floor.

The match was young when Maguire and Antonio swapped wings.

Loovens slid into two perfectly-timed challenges in the box to sniff out just a hint of danger - and Hutchinson bettered that after Maguire lost possession midway in the Ipswich half and Nouble streaked away down the left to make ground into the box. The right back caught him and made a brilliant sliding tackle, with only a corner the result.

Other competent challenges by Wednesday were to be seen in various areas, and this was a much more solid start than last week’s against Bolton.

The pace began to flag. Antonio injected some with an overlapping run to take a Nuhiu pass and cut inside on his left foot but mis-hit his shot wide from the edge of the area.

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday'SkyBET Championship'\Wednesdays Michail Antonio fires over the bar as Luke Chambers closes him down

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday'SkyBET Championship'\Wednesdays Michail Antonio fires over the bar as Luke Chambers closes him down

Richardson was even more inaccurate, on the best chance so far. The Owls were caught out by a free-kick ploy, the ball was played to Nouble, who was free to cross from the left, and Richardson waited unmarked at the far side for a volley: he totally mis-hit it.

Another free kick led to a goal two minutes later, however. Wednesday could not clear, Martinez went full stretch to make a great one-handed save from a Murphy shot and the ball fell for centre half SMITH to knock it home, in the 36th minute.

Another two minutes and it could have been 2-0: Murphy, weaving in from the right and seeking his 14th goal of the season, struck a left-foot effort that came back off Martinez’s right-hand post.

But Gerken had to make two superb saves in the last minute of first-half normal time to keep Wednesday out. Lavery turned his man and curled a left footer from 18 yards, but the keeper sprang to his right to touch it wide.

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday'SkyBET Championship'Kieron Lee celebrates after equalising

Ipswich Town v Sheffield Wednesday'SkyBET Championship'Kieron Lee celebrates after equalising

Then Maguire delivered a corner, Onyewi headed down and Antonio, with a low, right-foot volley forced Gerken to go down to his left to save.

A quick re-run of the goal at half- time confirmed a suspicion of offside before Smith put the ball in the net - but it was close.

Ex-Owls loan striker Murphy threatened again early in the second half, powering a long-range header over the bar from a driven cross by left back Cresswell.

Nuhiu was not far away, looping a header past the angle from Maguire’s cross.

Wednesday deserved their 54th minute equaliser. Maguire crossed from the left, Lavery swung at it in the middle and did not connect properly, the ball ran to LEE and he placed home his long-awaited first goal for the club, and only the sixth of his career.

The Owls found fresh impetus and Antonio had a chance, unmarked from a Maguire free kick, but saw the ball late and it bounced away off him.

Best came on for Nuhiu in the 61st minute, and Ipswich made a double substitution two minutes after that, perhaps sensing that Wednesday were getting on top.

Left-winger Hunt had been on for only four minutes when he whipped in a fine free kick from the right and midfielder GREEN netted with a glancing header.

A carbon copy set piece saw Martinez advance to punch the ball.

Antonio sent a poor shot wide from the edge of the box when he had four colleagues in support.

Wednesday were having a go, however, and Gray sent on the pace of Helan, in the 75th minute, and Maghoma, in the 80th, with Mattock and Coke making way.

Maghoma cut inside from the left and drilled a right-foot shot not far past the post.

With Maghoma, Lavery, Best and Antonio in the forefront of the attack, Maguire took Coke’s role in central midfield.

The Owls pressed but struggled to make another clear-cut chance, against some excellent defending.

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