Owls fight back after flat first half

Last updated : 27 April 2019 By Chris Morris
Well earned point at Preston
Sheffield Wednesday came back from 2 goals down at half-time to draw 3-3 at Preston North End in their final away game of the season.
The hosts took the lead inside 10 minutes when Jay Stockley headed past Cameron Dawson in the Owls goal. Wednesday offered little in the way of a reply and just after the half-hour mark they found themselves 2 down when a cross from the right deflected up and onto the head of Lees who flicked the ball over the head of Dawson into his own net. The defensive calamity pretty much summed up a poor half of football from the away side.
A response was needed after the break and it came within 5 minutes of the restart when Bannan fired into the top corner following a neat lay off by Matias. The Owls were on top at this stage and Liam Palmer curled just wide from distance but just as it looked as though Wednesday were in with a shout the home side restored their two goal lead. A long kick downfield was helped on by Robinson and with the Wednesday defence all at sea Brown made no mistake with a confident finish past Dawson with half an hour to go.
The game looked lost but substitute Atdhe Nuhiu inspired the comeback. On 76 minutes the big striker's cross found it's way to Forestieri who scored with a well-placed header and just two minutes later Forestieri linked with Bannan on the left and the latter's cross was heading home by a stooping Nuhiu, much to the delight of the Wednesday fans behind the goal.
The match took another twist late on when Owls full-back Dominic Iorfa so red for a rash slide tackle on Fisher but it was the ten men of Wednesday who went closest to finding a winner when Kieran Lee, making his first appearance in 14 months, crossed for Lucas Joao but the striker saw his effort cleared off the line.
Wednesday will finish in the top ten if they can beat QPR at Hillsborough in their final game of the season next Sunday.