Sheffield Wednesday draw with Bolton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday are back on home soil tonight, with Bolton Wanderers the visitors to Hillsborough. Darren Moore’s side are in scintillating form right now and have not been beaten in League One since October. It is a scarcely-believable run that stretches to 22 league outings.
Strong on Home Turf
If they avoid defeat this evening then it would mark half of a league campaign since they were last beaten. Wednesday have been strong on their own turf and have not lost at S6 in 14 matches.
Mixed Form for Bolton
Bolton arrive in S6 in mixed form, with just one win in their last five league matches. Stay tuned to our blog below for regular updates with no need to refresh the page.
It finishes all square. Not a bad point for the Owls. They lost their way after the opening 20 minutes. 23 league matches unbeaten now. Bannan is named the sponsor’s man of the match. There’s still time for a late winner.
Palmer shoots over when well-placed after a good cut back from FDB. We are all set up for a grand stand finish. It is pretty even. Wednesday only partially clear away a free kick and Jerome’s rasping right foot volley goes over the top. Final Owls sub as Gregory is withdrawn for Adeniran.
Pressure from Bolton
Bolton are having a good spell of pressure right now. Wednesday have been second best in this half. Charles breaks through on the counter attack for Bolton and appeared to be impeded by Flint. A huge let off for the Owls. Huge round of applause from the home fans for Kieran Lee as he goes poff. Credit Bolton. Could have folded after going behind but they have shown bags of character.
Lacking a Clinical Edge
Wednesday have lacked a clinical edge in attack. And Moore doesn’t have any real attacking options left on the bench to call upon. Santos catches Johsnon late. The big defender goes into the book.
Vaulks sends a cross into the back post. Flints rises highest to meet it but can’t test Trafford in the Bolton goal. A lovely through ball from Bannan to release Johnson down the left. His cross is too close to Trafford and the chance is gone. Windass limps off. Doesn’t look happy one bit. He is replaced by Smith. Windass is down receiving treatment from the Owls’ medical team. Bannan dinks a left footed cross into the box but FDB steers his head well wide. Gregory tries his luck from an acute angle but Trafford is equal to it. Marvin Johnson replaces Reece James at left wing back. They will be attacking the Kop in the second half.
Bolton Strike First
Four minutes added on. Wednesday have had their chances but not taken them. They have let Bolton off the hook. Adeboyejo sends a shot past Dawson with the aid of a deflection off Flint after a good raid down the right by Jones. Bolton have carried a threat on the counter attack. Caught the Owls napping there. Important header away by Famewo in the six-yard box after a dangerous cross from the left. Corner to Bolton. Ref blows for a free kick to Wednesday. The hosts can breathe again.
Pressure from the Owls
Flint’s downward header from Bannan’s corner is gathered by Trafford. Bolton have regrouped after a tough 10 minutes or so. But the Owls have been well-organised and disciplined with their defensive shape so far. They just look a well-oiled machine. More Owls pressure as Vaulks forces Trafford into action. Wednesday are knocking at the door. Feels like a matter of time before they score a second. ‘We’re Sheffield Wednesday, we’re top of the league’ chant the home fans. They certainly are. After a slow start, the Owls are in control. James sends a deep cross into the back post. Flint knocks the ball down into the path and Gregory’s shot takes a wicked deflection and goes in.