TUESDAY: Goal machine earns reprieve for Owls

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday grabbed a late leveller through Gary Madine as they nicked a point in a 2-2 draw with Walsall.

Walsall went ahead through Jon Macken, only for Ryan Lowe to equalise. The visitors then restored the lead through a cracking strike from Jamie Paterson which looked like taking all three points, only for Madine to grab his fifteenth of the season and a valuable point to boot.

Dave Jones kept the same starting line-up for the fourth game in a row, with the only change seeing Jermaine Johnson return to the bench in place of Clinton Morrison.

The Owls threatened twice early on as they aimed to get a foothold on the match. After good work with Gary Madine, winger Michail Antonio hit a speculative effort from 30 yards out which clattered against the bar in an early warning shot by the hosts.

Shortly after Antonio was denied by the woodwork for a second time, and once again it was after good link-up play with Madine. Mike Jones, who was running rings around the Walsall defence, then saw his shot gathered after a deflection took the sting out of it before Chris Lines went close for Wednesday with a free-kick which landed on the roof of the net.

Walsall then fired a slight warning shot of their own, when they fizzed a ball across the six-yard box but thankfully no-one got on the end of it as the teams departed for the break.

Despite Wednesday’s dominance in the first half, it was the visitors who drew first blood. Jamie Paterson broke down the left and crossed into the box for Jon Macken to poke home his eight of the campaign and silence Hillsborough.

But the Owls were not stirred for long and they were level within a minute. Ryan Lowe added to his goal at the weekend, as he scrambled home a Lines corner to restore parity for Wednesday.

Just after the goal, Dave Jones brought on Johnson who certainly raised the decibels inside the ground and his mazy run ended with an effort that just flew over the goal. After coming from behind and seeing the introduction of Johnson, the Owls were stunned once again when the visitors restored their lead.

Paterson, the creator of the first goal, fizzed a terrific effort from inside the box past Stephen Bywater in the Owls goal. It was a sucker punch for Wednesday who would have been aware of results elsewhere and the implications of a defeat.

Just when a defeat looked in the offing for the hosts, up popped Madine with a last-gasp strike inside the area to ensure what could be a valuable point for Wednesday, come the end of the season.

TEAMS

Owls: Bywater, Buxton, Batth, R Jones, Bennett, M Jones (J Johnson 64), Lines, Semedo, Antonio, Lowe (O’Grady 80), Madine

Subs not used: Jameson, Llera, Prutton

Walsall: Grof, Sadler, Butler, Beevers, Smith, Hurst, Cuvelier, Mantom, Macken (Bowerman 90), Paterson (Westlake 90), Nicholls

Subs not used: Walker,, Lancashire, Ledesma,

Ref; Haines

Att; 18,869.

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