Owls FT: Bolton Wanderers 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Michail Antonio outnumbered
Michail Antonio outnumbered
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Sheffield Wednesday came away from Bolton with a point but it could have been more with controversy surrounding an effort from JJ that was disallowed.

Wednesday fans’ hopes rose and fell in a remarkable early spell at the Reebok Stadium.

In the space of two minutes the Owls went close to scoring twice and fell behind against the run of play.

But before long they were right back in the game..

Those two near misses both came in the 13th minute.

A splendid move made a chance for Coke; it included a forward ball from Zayatte, a turn and run through the middle by Antonio and a good pass to Coke, who cut inside and fired a left-foot shot past Bogdan’s left-hand post.

Then further excellent play ended with Fryatt taking a return ball from Coke on the edge of the box and correctly trying to place a low shot into the far corner but Bogdan made a great one-handed save.

There was even time for a McPhail cross to make a far-post header for Roger Johnson that was pushed for a corner by the keeper.

But after 15 minutes Wednesday were undone and BECKFORD got free in the inside-right channel to make scoring look easy, directing the ball past Kirkland with the outside of his left foot.

It was cruel on the Owls but a lucky break made amends 11 minutes later.

Helan crossed from the left and BAPTISTE, trying to clear, headed the ball into his own net. The left back was already Bolton’s top scorer with three goals but will not have wanted to notch another in such a fashion.

So away supporters were encouraged again, not least by their team’s showing so far.

Using the same 4-5-1 system that did well at Brighton, and with Coke again in an advanced role behind Fryatt, Wednesday generally looked a solid unit yet also played some good stuff going forward.

Home fans were becoming irritated - especially when their team wasted a rare opoportunity to get the ball in the Owls box. Centre half Ream, in a useful wide position, overhit a free kick for a goal kick.

The Owls passed with confidence and accuracy and would be thinking more of three points than one.

Wednesday stayed on the front foot straight from the restart and hit the woodwork in the 50th minute.

A fine run by Helan took him around the outside of defenders inside the box. His shot was turned on to the near post by Bogdan, and the ball rebounded into the keeper’s arms

Three minutes later a lovely left-side link between Fryatt and Helan created a sharp chance for.Antonio, who volleyed wide from just inside the area.

Bolton’s lack of attacking impetus was reflected in the 58th minute withdrawal of Feeney, who had been playing on the right side of their 4-2-3-1 formation, and the introduction of Lee. The sub was soon involved in the Owls box but thwarted by a double challenge from the Johnsons when he tried to shoot.

The third Johnson, Jermaine, was sent on in place of Fryatt in the 65th minute. Fryatt had been having a decent game but Dave Jones well have detected that the striker was feeling the pace.

It was a straight swap, with JJ taking the central striker spot. But it was Reda who almost put the Owls in front. He dived to meet a far-post cross by Antonio; did not quite seem to connect cleanly with his header, and saw the ball scrambled away.

It was a much easier chance when Eagles, in space to take a right-wing ball from Lee, scooped a shot high over the bar from 12 yards. The former Wednesday loan forward put his hands to his head, and was replaced by Hall soon afterwards.

A neat header by Coke was well taken by JJ, who ran on and drilled an effort across goal. Wednesday had a goal controversially disallowed in the 72nd minute, which denied them a lead they deserved. When the ball was cleared in the air and out to JJ in a crowded box, he jumped high to send a header dipping into Bogdan’s bottom right-hand corner. Wednesday and their fans celebrated, But a flag was up with the reason unclear, Jones and his staff reacted angrily.

Zayatte gifted a chance to Beckford but he hit it tamely at Kirkland.

Kirkland made two fantastic saves from Mills headers in stoppage time.