Hard earned point for battling Owls

Last updated : 18 January 2014 By Chris Morris

Sheffield Wednesday picked up a creditable point at high flying Burnley on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to 7 matches in all competitions.

Stuart Gray continues to earn the plaudits but not yet the full-time managers job, prior to taking the caretaker role on, Wednesday had won 1 match in 17 attempts in all competitions but since then Gray has guided them to 5 wins from 11 games, during which they have lost only twice.

The Owls were up against it at Turf Moor – Burnley boast the only remaining unbeaten home record in the Championship this season and are keeping pace with the front-runners in the race for promotion.

Wednesday were second best in the opening 45 minutes but the hosts could not find a breakthrough until shortly before the break when a neat chip put Vokes clear of the Owls defence and his low strike just had enough to beat Kirkland.

With time almost up Burnley must have thought they had done enough to go in 1 up at the interval but Wednesday struck back almost immediately. Wickham's free-kick was flicked on and Maguire was on hand to slam home the equalizer from close range.

The second half was a more even contest and the Owls can feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty when Maguire was tripped, only for the referee to book him for a dive – even the Burnley boss Shaun Dyche conceded it should have been a spot kick having watched the footage after the game.

The home side pushed on for a winner in the closing stages with top scorer Ings going close on a couple of occasions before Kirkland denied him with a top class save at the death.

The bottom 3 sides in the Championship all won to close the gap on the Owls but Wednesday's form is encouraging and they have dragged a number of teams above them back into the mix which seemed unlikely only a few weeks ago.