Chris O'Grady holds off Richard Hinds
Chris O'Grady holds off Richard Hinds
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday roared back to take the points after trailing at home to Yeovil.

There was a hold up within in the first minute when O’Grady and Hinds collided and the defender had to go off for four minutes for attention to a facial injury on the touchline.

He returned wearing a shirt with no number, the Owls kicked towards the Leppings Lane end and had the lion’s share of the possession but struggled to get their passing game in to top gear.

O’Grady showed some persistence around the visitors box and there was a strong forward run by Prutton but not a glimmer of a chance in the first quarter of an hour.

There was nothing to excite the crowd so far but then a slick break by the Owls ended with a foul on Bostock 22 yards out. The Spurs midfielder, who as expected, was playing on the right side took the free kick himself and it was a sweet strike with his left foot which cleared the bar by inches and hit the top of the net, with some fans thinking he had scored.

It was however possibly a sign of things to come for the 20 year old, but within two minutes, Wednesday had a real let off. A mistake by Otsemobor resulted in him having to chase Parrett. The right back then lost his footing and the midfielder was free on the right side of the area. He tried to slide the ball in to the feet of striker Gavin Williams, but a terrific challenge by Prutton snuffed out the danger.

That seemed to give the Glovers a bit of a spark and when Edwards burst between Prutton and Reda Johnson in a run down the right, the midfielder was brought down, resulting in a booking for Johnson.

Jermaine Johnson again attempted to rise above the ordinary, this time in a typical run, cutting inside on to his right foot. He hit a low effort from the edge of the area and it whistled past the far post.

Wednesday’s passing was not up to scratch, especially their final ball and when Jermaine Johnson did play a good ball in after going on the outside of his man, therewas no one in the middle.

It was not going to plan for the Owls, even more so when they fell behind in the 41st minute as striker OBIKA was played in to space as he made a fine forward run in to the box to slot the ball into Bywater’s bottom corner.

Worse almost followed when Batth stuck out his left leg to try and intercept a useful ball from Barrett and forced Bywater to make a save at the foot of his left hand post.

Half-time: Wednesday 0 Yeovil 1

Light snow had continued to fall throughout the game and there was a very light dusting on part of the pitch but Wednesday could not use the conditions as an excuse for one of the worst performances of the season so far.

TIn the 52nd minute, Madine was replaced by Lowe and Buxton took over from Otsemobor at right back. Within moments Lowe was getting on the end of a cross from Reda Johnson, but the ball floated wide after a good ball by Bostock. Lowe instinctively reacted to a shot by Prutton that was going wide, sticking out a leg but the ball flew straight at the keeper.

It had been an afternoon of mediocrity but JERMAINE JOHNSON produced a moment of top quality, smashing one of his specials into the keepers top left hand corner with his right foot from around 28 yards, in the 57th minute.

Morrison then came on from O’Grady in the 68th minute. Wednesday pressed home their advantage to dominate the game and began to create chances, Reda Johnson headed wide after Bostock used his strength on the byline to win possession and put in a good cross.

The Owls grabbed a deserved lead in the 80th minute. Buxton played in a free kick down the middle to Morrison, whose header brought a fantastic save from Walker but the ball bounced out to REDA JOHNSON who volleyed it into the roof of the net from around six yards for his sixth goal of the season.

Yeovil were stung into throwing men forward and there were a few anxious moments for Wednesday, particularly as they were defending the end that had the covering of snow.

WEDNESDAY: Bywater, Otsemobor, Batth, Llera, Johnson (R), Bostock, Prutton, Semedo, Johnnon (J), O’Grady, Madine