Sheffield Wednesday were today held to a goalless draw at Huddersfield Town, extending their winless run 11 matches in all competitions.
Stuart Gray’s men can count themselves unlucky not to have taken maximum points and had a strong penalty appeal waved away in the latter stages after substitute Chris Maguire appeared to be upended in the box.
The result means the Owls have fired blanks in six out of their last seven Championship fixtures. They have now not conceded on their last four trips to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Following back-to-back clean away defeats, conceding six goals along the way, it was quite obvious Huddersfield wanted to keep things tight at the back. The two Yorkshire clubs cancelled each other out, failing to register a single shot on target in the first half.
May beat the off-side in the 54th minute, racing on to Taylor-Fletcher’s raking long pass but Murphy came off his line quickly to snuff out the danger.
Scannell, Huddersfield’s top performer, latched on to Paul Dixon’s header upfield, surging past Helan before drilling a fierce effort from an acute angle over the top.
Tempers threatened to boil over when May collided with Murphy again following a neat through ball by Taylor-Fletcher but referee Graham Salisbury calmed down the situation. May was eventually yellow carded after bringing down Lynch.
Former Real Madrid star Drenthe showed lovely footwork in the 65th minute to glide past several Huddersfield defenders before firing straight at Murphy.
Two minutes later, Terriers chief Chris Powell made a double substitution, throwing on top-scorer Nahki Wells and Danny Ward. Club record signing Wells nearly opened the scoring after seizing on a sliced clearance by Owls skipper Glenn Loovens only to see his strike well parried by Westwood, with Liam Palmer hacking the loose ball out for a corner.
A Drenthe corner caused mayhem in the Huddersfield area and Lees, at the back post, almost turned the ball in but the hosts survived.
Fortune was not on May’s side in the 74th minute when his sweet strike struck the crossbar and post before bouncing to safety.
Wells, a constant menace, darted in behind Wednesday’s backline but Westwood produced a smart stop to keep out his effort.
There was a controversial incident in the 85th minute when Owls substitute Chris Maguire went down under a challenge by Joel Lynch in the penalty area but their penalty claim was rejected and Maguire was booked for simulation.
Owls piled the pressure on in the final stages and Drenthe’s shot was acrobatically turned away by Murphy.
Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Helan; Drenthe, Semedo, McGugan, Maghoma; May, Taylor-Fletcher. Substitutes: Dawson, Nuhiu, Maguire, Dielna, Lee, Lavery, McCabe.
Huddersfied: Murphy; Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Dixon; Poyet, Coady, Butterfield, Scannell; Bunn, Holt. Substitutes: Allinson, Peltier, Wallace, Robinson, Hogg, Wells, Ward.