No way through as Wednesday and Wolves play out draw

Date published: Monday 2nd January 2017 5:26

Carlos Carvalhal: Referee a 'disaster'

Carlos Carvalhal: Referee a 'disaster'

Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves cancelled each other out as the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in the Championship.A point keeps Wednesday in the thick of the promotion hunt, although the Owls will be dismayed to see a number of their rivals picked up all three.

Wednesday had the first real opening after nine minutes as Vincent Sasso’s goal-bound header from a Barry Bannan free-kick was smartly tipped over by Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme. From the resulting corner, Sam Hutchinson’s looping near post header was easily gathered.

In the 19th minute, Wednesday went close again. Steven Fletcher’s scuffed effort from inside the box was clumsily parried away by Ikeme into the path of an onrushing Fernando Forestieri who, with only a tight angle, was unable to beat the busy keeper.

In the 33rd minute, Wolves carved out their first opportunity. Helder Costa picked up the ball in the middle of the field, dribbled past three Wednesday defenders and ballooned a curling effort over the bar.

Minutes later, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was played through on goal but Wednesday keeper Kieren Westwood did well to cover his angles and forced the goal kick.

Fernando Forestieri was then unlucky to see his curling free-kick go just over the bar.

In the 40th minute, the visitors had a strong penalty appeal dismissed by referee Simon Hooper as Matt Doherty went down under a clumsy looking Westwood challenge inside the box.

Then as half time approached, Wolves striker Joe Mason missed a glaring opportunity from inside the six yard box as he blazed over after Bodvarsson’s shot had cannoned off the crossbar.

In the 47th minute, Mason came close again as he hit the post and then Jack Price hit over from distance.

Wednesday’s new signing Callum McManaman, who is on loan from West Brom, had some bright moments but was substituted early into the second half.

On the hour, the visitors came close again as Doherty saw his drilled goal bound effort cleared off the line by Sasso.

Minutes later, Forestieri took on a neat one-two with Bannan inside the area and sliced the ball wide of the post. He then hit a stinging 30-yard drive straight down the throat of Ikeme.

In the 69th minute, substitute Ross Wallace worked the space in the middle of the park but then could only blaze over with teammates free either side.

Mason then beat the Wednesday offside trap and forced a great save from Westwood down to his left hand side.

Wednesday thought they should have been awarded a penalty for handball Fletcher’s header bounced off Richard Stearman’s torso.

In the 78th minute, Ikeme saved a low Forestieri strike down down to his left hand side.

The hosts again called for handball in the box as substitute Lucas Joao’s goal-bound effort was blocked at close range by a sprawling Stearman.

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