Wednesday battle out Liberty draw

Sheffield Wednesday remain in the relegation zone after an absorbing 0-0 draw with high-flying Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Last Updated: 13/03/10 at 17:38 Post Comment

Grant: Owls stopper

Grant: Owls stopper

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Paulo Sousa's play-off chasers were in the ascendancy in the game's opening and closing stages, but Wednesday contributed fully to a keenly contested encounter.

The game was stretched in the final half hour and Swansea's Darren Pratley and the Owls' Leon Clarke could have won the match for their sides.

Swansea started the game on the front foot with a prolonged period of possession and winger David Cotterill fired in a 25-yard drive in the third minute which Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant managed to scramble clear.

In the 18th minute Craig Beattie rose above the Wednesday defence to meet Thomas Butler's cross but could not direct his header goalwards.

Swansea were struggling to create clear chances despite their patient play and in the 28th minute Wednesday were almost in front.

Leon Clarke hooked the ball along the edge of the 18-yard box and Jermaine Johnson fizzed a volley that was deflected onto the roof of Dorus de Vries' net.

Swansea failed to re-establish their rhythm before the interval and Johnson's mazy runs were proving to be a constant problem.

Beattie was replaced by Shefki Kuqi at half-time and the big Finn almost had an immediate impact when he smashed a volley narrowly wide from 18 yards.

Johnson continued to cause the Swans problems and he spun full-back Angel Rangel with ease but Clarke could not latch onto his cut back.

Pratley then spearheaded a Swansea counter attack which resulted in Grant saving at the feet of substitute Cedric van der Gun.

The end-to-end nature of the contest continued and when Wednesday's Luke Varney engineered some space to flash the ball across Swansea's goal, Clarke was inches away from breaking the deadlock.

In the 62nd minute Swansea had the best chance of the game when Van der Gun whipped in a peach of a cross which Pratley headed over from six yards.

Tommy Miller's venomous strike from inside the area looked bound for the Swansea net in the 70th minute, but it was blocked by Ashley Williams, who was left prostrate on the pitch.

Substitute Lee Trundle could have won it for the home side with five minutes to go when Mark Gower found him six yards from goal, but he slashed horribly wide.

Swansea were ending the game as they started and Williams headed a Gower cross past the post with the goal at his mercy in the final minute.

Clarke again had the chance to grab three points for Wednesday, but he miskicked when well placed in the area after Miller got the better of Alan Tate.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Birmingham 0 0 0
2 Blackburn 0 0 0
3 Blackpool 0 0 0
4 Bolton 0 0 0
5 Bournemth 0 0 0
6 Brentford 0 0 0
7 Brighton 0 0 0
8 Cardiff 0 0 0
9 Charlton 0 0 0
10 Derby 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0
12 Huddersfld 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0
14 Leeds 0 0 0
15 Middlesbro' 0 0 0
16 Millwall 0 0 0
17 Norwich 0 0 0
18 N Forest 0 0 0
19 Reading 0 0 0
20 Rotherham 0 0 0
21 Sheff Wed 0 0 0
22 Watford 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0

Updated Mon, 14 Jul 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Jordan Henderson looking to raise game for Liverpool and England

Jordan Henderson is aware that he needs to 'step up' for Liverpool and England following the departures of key men.

Premier League: Paul Lambert delighted to have Roy Keane at Aston Villa

Paul Lambert is enjoying working alongside Roy Keane, a man he sees becoming a key figure at Aston Villa.

Premier League: Joel Campbell wants Arsenal chance after latest loan link

Joel Campbell is hoping to be given a chance at Arsenal this season after spending the past three years out on loan.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property