Despite a second-half push, we fell 3-2 to Sheffield Wednesday earlier today. The game, played at the Hillsborough Stadium, got off to a quick start after a minute's tribute to Ron Springett, a former Sheffield player who died at the age of 80 as we kicked off. Things fell on their had as the home side almost scored three minute in when Ross Wallace crossed to the far post, finding Barry Bannan whose header from extremely close up had been tipped over the bar miraculously by Andy Lonergan. The hosts almost found the net again, 3 minutes later, when Wallace, running down the wing, earned the Owls a free kick after a foul by James Husband. The free kick caught us by surprise, and found Bannan, whose shot went just wide.
We finally had an attack on the ninth minute when a throw in found Ben Pringle, however his cross lead straight to Kieren Westwood. This led to the home side going up 1-0 in the 12th minute, when Jack Huint forced a corner. It was taken by Wallace and found Fernando Forestieri, who headered home past Lonergan. In fact, it was almost 2-0 shortly after when the goalscorer forced another corner, which he headed just wide. Then a third (!!!!!!!) corner wasn't cleared properly, giving Wallace a chance to cross into the box, where Tom Lees headed across goal but found no one. 20 minutes in, Forestieri played in Atdhe Nuhiu, who got tangled with Richard Stearman in the box but the referee signalled play on. Alex Lopez was booked shortly afterwards for tugging on Ross McCormack. The following free kick ws taken by O'Hara and passed on to Jazz Richards, his cross finding Tim Ream at the far post which scraped over the bar. We went close again on the 27th minute as Cairney fed Ryan Tunniclife outside of the box, but his drive went far of the post.
This all paid off when we leveled it at 1-1 on the half hour mark . Passes between Pringle and Cairney worked the ball into the sight of Richards, whose cross couldn't be converted by McCormack, however the ball wasn't cleared properly and O'Hara sent a long distance shot into the bottom left corner, past Westwood. Wednesday replied by almost going back infront minutes later, when Lopez played in Forestieri, but we managed to crowd him out of the box while the ball went out for a goal kick. This wasn't enough, as the home side did in fact go in front just seconds later. Another ball from Wallace found Lopez, but Lonergan tipped it over. The corner taken by Wallace caused problems in our defence and found Lees, who headed through our goalie's legs. 2-1.
They almost made it 3-1 in added time when Wallace caused even more problems, crossing to Nuhiu, who headed just before the referee whistled for halftime. Dan Burn replaced Pringle during the break, while Ream switched to left back, leaving Husband to move into midfield. The home side replaced Foresteriwith Lucas Joao. The home side made it three just three minutes into the second half. Joao won a free kick after a Dan Burn foul, Wallace swung it in to the box, meeting Turner, whose header went in off the bar. We replied by replacing James Husband with Lasse Vigen Christensen, while Cairney switched flanks. Five minutes later, Cauley Woodrow came on to replace Moussa Dembele.
We got back into it in the 66th minute. After amazing work by Richards on the right wing, he fed O'Hara, his ball meeting Cairney who nodded past Westwood to make it 3-2. The Owls replied by almost making it 4-2 on the 73rd minute when Bannan found himself in a shooting position but could only find the side of the net. We were given a half chance in the 85th when Westwood came out to find O'Hara's long ball, but spilled the ball to Tunniclife, who couldn't convert the blunder into a goal. We led the rest of the game, pressing for an equalizer as Cairney played in Burn, who tried so hard to flick the ball past Westwood but was denied. Lonergan came out for a late corner, in a frantic finish where the home side almost won, but we couldn't find the equalizer.
Our next game is a League Cup matchup against Stoke City on Tuesday. Hopefully we can win it.