Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 in the Oakwell derby but Owls boss Dave Jones was unhappy that his side were denied a second half penalty.
Jones signalled an intent to have a go at Barnsley by bringing in Jermaine Johnson to replace Giles Coke and support striker Matty Fryatt.
But it was another of the three Johnsons, Roger, who nearly granted Jones’ wish of an early goal.
Butland missed a cross by Helan at the far post and the defender dived in, heading a half-chance into the side-netting and hurting his shoulder when he fell.
Wednesday fell behind in the 16th minute. An error by Reda Johnson let in PEDERSEN.for a terrific strike. It cannoned back off Kirkland’s left-hand post and the ball returned to the forward, who from just inside the box lashed another powerful effort, his time bulging the roof of the net.
It was a typical, stop-go, scrappy derby in the opening stages, but what little cohesive football had been played had come from the Reds.
The Owls had not got their attacking game together at all.
They were unable to get creator McPhail on the ball or provide service to the forwards.
Olofinjana, a free agent signed after training with the Owls, was having to adjust to his frst senior game since last season.
Wednesday struggled to string passes together and the opposition were making a good job of closing them down,
Helan burst forward in the box to hit a shot; it struck the near side-netting and a corner was given so presumably Butland - a keeper who was wanted by Jones - had got a touch.
A couple of free kicks were wasted when McPhail curled them too close to the keeper.
When a situation did look promising as JJ ran at the centre of the Reds defence, his pass to Antonio was imperfect, then the winger’s cross was to nobody.
Barnsley looked the more dangerous when they went forward and were certainly getting the higher number of balls into the box - but they too were not creating any chances.
They were almost presented with one in the 42nd minute, however. Helan lost possession near the corner flag, and McCourt - scorer of a brilliant solo goal against Middlesbrough last week - scythed into the box on the right and drilled a low ball across the face of the goal. Luckily for Wednesday, there no Reds player there to get a touch.
Kirkland was hurt in stoppage time when he seemed to fall awkwardly after jumping to catch a ball, but after treatment he was able to walk to the dressing room.
Ht: Reds 1 Owls 0.
The Owls looked short of quality and confidence. Perkins was allowed to run forward unchallenged for a shot drilled over the bar - a definite opportunity.
Jones replaced JJ with Nuhiu in the 51st minute - to chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” from some Owls fans - harsh, as JJ had made little impact on the game.
There was a huge appeal for handball from the Owls fan behind the goal when Barnsley cleared an Antonio long throw. Although not apparent from the stand from long range,it seems TV showed that M’voto did use his hand.
As if stung by that, first Helan then Antonio surged forward and it resulted in Nuhiu having a deflected shot well saved.
A minute later Helan headed the ball forward and FRYATT smashed a great volley into the roof of the net from just inside the area - some way to mark the final game of his one-month loan deal.
Three minutes after that, It should have been 2-1 to Wednesday: further good work from them resulted in Antonio finding space close to goal, but his shot was not the best and Butland made another impressive save.
Coke was on after Olofinjana did his best for an hour: for the Reds,Jennings and Etuhu took over from Mellis and McCourt.
Ever since that ‘penalty’ incident the Owls had looked brighter and sharper and they and their fans would have real hope of snatching that first win of the season, while Barnsley were not as effective as they had been in the first half.
Nuhiu provided a focal point. he made an impact; for example he did well to get in a shot on the turn, and he connected well to head a cross from Buxton, under challenge, but missed the
Wednesday had been the better side in this half but still ended up with just an eighth draw of the season.