Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton Wanderers played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Hillsborough. Wolves will feel like they should have taken all three points though, hitting the post and bar and having a clear penalty appeal turned down.
Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal made 5 changes coming into this match up with Wolves. Captain Glenn Loovens was a notably absentee, rested after the Owls New Years Eve draw away at Preston. Palmer, Pudil, Wallace and Nuhiu were the other ones to miss out with Hunt, Sasso, McManaman, Lee and Forestieri coming into the starting XI.
Callum McManaman, brought in on loan from Premier League side West Brom in the week made his first start for the club.
Wolves boss Paul Lambert too rang the changes with Connor Ronan, Joe Mason and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson coming into the starting line up for Ivan Cavaleiro, Bright Enobakhare and Nouha Dicko.
The first real chance of the match fell to the home side as Barry Bannan’s free kick was met by the head of centre back Vincent Sasso who saw his effort acrobatically’ tipped over the bar by Wolves ‘keeper Carl Ikeme.
Wolves had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down in the 16th minute as Joe Mason was brought down in the box but referee Simon Hooper decided the ball was played.
The Owls went close again soon enough as shot stopper Ikeme struggled to hold onto a deflected Steven Fletcher effort before blocking Fernando Forestieri’s on target rebound.
Wolves again had another strong penalty appeal turned down by referee Hooper as Westwood looked to have clearly felled Matt Doherty in the box. A decision that boss Paul Lambert clearly felt aggrieved by stating in his post-match press conference “how that wasn’t given was incredible – it was a stonewaller.”
Wanderers should have had the lead in the 40th minute. A cross clipped in from out wide saw a Jon Bodvarsson flick hitting the underside of the Wednesday cross bar. Joe Mason followed up but from just a few yards out managed to balloon his effort over the bar much to the delight of those Wednesday fans sat in the Kop. A possible miss of the season!!
The visitors started the second half brighter as Mason crashed a shot against the post from just outside the area after a mistake from Owls right back Jack Hunt.
Defender Matt Doherty also saw an effort blocked on the line by Wednesday defender Adam Reach as Wolves went in search of a goal to break the deadlock at Hillsborough early on in the second half.
Wednesday struggled to hold the ball for the first 20 minutes of the second half and looked void of any creativity as Wolves looked threatening. Joe Mason with another effort for the Wanderers after going through one on one with Westwood, the Wednesday stopper again thwarting the Midlands side forward.
The Owls had a huge penalty appeal of their own turned down in the 81st minute as Lucas Joao’s attempt was blocked by Wolves’ Richard Stearman, a decision that would have been harsh on the visitors due to Stearman’s close proximity to the Portuguese forward.
Neither side had any other notable chances in the last 10 minutes.
Wolves will feel like they should have left Hillsborough with all three points but Wednesday held on to leave the home side in 6th place and the play-offs whilst the visitors stay in 16th place in the table.
Man of the match: Connor Ronan
Connor Ronan, still only 18 and making his first start for the Midlands outfit, had an eye catching run out at Hillsborough. Always looking to get forward, the winger took on his man on several occasions and offered excitement for the travelling Wolves supporters.