Owls winless run is extended
Sheffield Wednesday's run of matches without a win extended to five on Wednesday evening with a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City at Hillsborough.
The current poor run of results has been full of frustration from opportunities missed and points dropped from conceding late goals and this proved to be another 90 minutes of what might have been.
Garry Monk fielded a 4-3-3 formation with Odubajo replacing the suspended Palmer at right-back, Luongo coming in for Hutchinson in midfield and Reach replacing Murphy on the right side of the Owls attack.
Wednesday were much the better side in the first half but spurned their chances. Fletcher volleyed wide when well placed in the penalty area inside the first 10 minutes and the same player failed to control after a slick passing move picked him out in a promising position.
The home side continued to dominate, Kieran Lee was put through on goal but young City goalkeeper Trueman was quick off his line to narrow the angle and parry away for a corner. Borner then headed a presentable chance wide from a corner.
Just before half-time Odubajo cut in from the right and fired a long-range strike across goal that skimmed the crossbar.
Tom Lees replaced Borner at the heart of Wednesday's back four at half-time and within 5 minutes of the restart the visitors, who had only managed one tame long-range shot on target in the first-half, had the lead. Wednesday lost the ball cheaply near the halfway line and Bela's low cross from the byline was turned in from close range by Gimenez.
Frustration started to grow around Hillsborough but the hosts continued to create chances. Harris fired into the side netting, Forestieri shot narrowly wide and Fletcher shot over the bar from close range after good work from Fox.
Just as it seemed like a goal would never come Harris, who had switched to the right-hand side, dribbled towards the edge of the penalty area and produced a low drive that nestled into the bottom corner of the goal.
With 10 minutes still to play Wednesday pushed for a winner. Nuhiu saw his strike saved well by Trueman and Luongo had a goal-bound header cleared close to the goal line. At the final whistle Birmingham were far more content with a point while for Wednesday it seemed liked 2 more points dropped considering the balance of the match.
Next up for the Owls is a trip to Charlton for a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.