Memories made of this for battling Wednesday

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LIKE A master tailor, Wednesday can be good at creating turn-ups.

Their fightback at Burnley was one of the best I have even seen from the club.

To come back three times in one game and get something takes some doing at any level.

Each time when Burnley went ahead I began to suspect that another defeat was on the way, especially after Charlie Austin scored so late in the game.

But while Michail Antonio’s marvellous equaliser a minute later was a spectacular and pleasant surprise, it was what the Owls deserved.

The occasion brought another taste of the unusual to Wednesday’s season.

We’ve seen the right-back spot filled by a left-back, Joe Mattock, and by a left winger, Jermaine Johnson, because of injuries; centre-forwards Chris O’Grady and Jay Bothroyd playing out wide, and a centre-half, Mark Beevers, help out at left-back again - all right, that’s not so noteworthy as he did a job there for a time last season.

If Chris Kirkland should ever go up front for a corner very late in a game, that would be a twist to bring to mind another stunning comeback: the 3-3 draw with Southampton in which keeper Mark Crossley headed an injury-time equaliser.

This season it has been a case of needs must for Dave Jones, to overcome injury problems and field players in positions where maybe you would not expect them to appear, in the quest to find a winning blend - and in that respect I am thinking mainly of O’Grady, who played on the left flank at Wolves, and Bothroyd, who figured on the right at Burnley, with Antonio switching wings.

Each change was a success in its own way. I can well understand Jones’s frustration when the team have not had their just desserts in recent games, and his apparent desire not to make a song and dance about the point at Burnley.

Here was not a manager expressing relief because a losing run was ended; it was man who felt that a point was a lesser haul than was merited on the basis of recent performances, and that once again a win would not have flattered his team.

The Burnley and Southampton games saw the Owls’ best two comebacks of the last 10 years, though the scoring patterns were different.

The Owls trailed 2-0 to goals by Saints strikers Kenwyne Jones and Grzegorz Rasiak inside 14 minutes. Glenn Whelan made it 2-1 in the 27th minute, Bradley Wright-Phillips put the away side 3-1 up in the 49th minute; Whelan struck again 20 minutes after that, and Crossley brought about a sensational finale by heading home a Chris Brunt corner in the third minute of stoppage time.

That was in December, 2006. You only have to go back to last season to find a game that matched the Turf Moor one as a high-scoring, entertaining contest - the 4-4 draw with Huddersfield. But that one was tarnished because not only did Wednesday come back from being two down, they also lost a 4-2 lead.

They will be renewing acquiantances soon with Jordan Rhodes, the scorer of all four Terriers goals that night: Blackburn is the next away game, on October 24.