Wednesday & Stoke play out the definition of a bore draw

Last updated : 30 November 2020 By Chris Morris

Stalemate at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday picked up their second point under Tony Pulis on Saturday as the Owls played out a 0-0 draw against one of his former teams, Stoke City.

Wednesday made three changes from the midweek draw with Swansea as Wildsmith came in for the injured Westwood in goal, Kadeem Harris returned from suspension and Liam Shaw was given a start in midfield with Jordan Rhodes and Moses Odubajo making way.

Stoke were without former Owls striker Steven Fletcher due to injury but Morgan Fox, who also left Hillsborough for Stoke at the end of last season, started in the visitors defence.

 In an uneventful first half the only chances of note came the way of the home side, both through Harris. The wide man skimmed the foot of the near post with a strike from the edge of the penalty area on 15 minutes then later on in the half he hit a similar strike as the ball broke to him following a set piece, this time the shot appeared to be on target but was blocked inside the 6-yard box by John Obi Mikel.

Pulis made a change at half-time with Rhodes replacing Shaw, who had picked up a yellow card early on, but the change did little to ignite any action inside the penalty area. Stoke improved on their non-existent first half intent with Campbell forcing Wildsmith into a routine save before Lees did well to prevent Vokes from having a clear header on goal from close range.

Such was the lack of impact made by Rhodes, Pulis substituted him for Izzy Brown in the last ten minutes. Perhaps the best chance of the game came in injury time when Vokes shot low from 12 yards but Wildsmith was equal to it, saving with his legs.

The point see the Owls remain next to bottom of the Championship, 4 points adrift of 4th-bottom side Nottingham Forest. Wednesday take on 5th-placed Reading at Hillsborough on Wednesday evening.