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17:49 5th February 2011

Owls hit back to post point

Sheffield Wednesday came back from two goals down to salvage a draw against nine-man MK Dons.

In a dramatic contest in front of new boss Gary Megson, the Owls produced a mixed performance, falling two behind to goals from Peter Leven and Daniel Powell before squaring the game through Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison.

Leven later received his marching orders, as did Gary MacKenzie earlier in a riveting Hillsborough clash.

The Owls made four changes from the midweek defeat at Peterborough, with Arron Jameson, Daniel Jones, James O'Connor and Clinton Morrison in the starting line-up.

Jameson deputised for knee victim Nicky Weaver to make his home debut for the Owls.

The young keeper made his full first team debut in the reverse fixture against the Dons back in November when the Owls won 4-1 at StadiumMK.

Owls v MK Dons

Wednesday made a bright to the contest and O'Connor, who took the captain's armband in the absence of Weaver, came close to the opening goal after eight minutes.

Excellent closing down from Clinton Morrison in the final third led to the striker winning possession and delivering a teasing cross which O'Connor struck first time but Dons keeper David Martin saved well.

A glancing header by Clinton Morrison from O'Connor's cross flew just wide moments later as the Owls went in search of the first goal.

But against the run of play the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot.

In what was almost the Dons' first attack, Luke Chadwick fed a through-ball in towards Keanu Marsh-Brown, who was brought down by Jameson in the area and Leven stepped up to convert the spot-kick.

That setback didn't deter the Owls, who continued to take the game to the visitors and O'Connor came within a whisker of an equaliser.

A Wednesday free kick on the edge of the area, taken by Gary Teale, came back off the wall and O'Connor's first time strike whistled inches over the bar.

Owls v MK Dons

Things took another turn for the worst for Wednesday, though, and the home side went further behind after 26 minutes and in disappointing fashion from a defensive point of view.

Marsh-Brown was afforded acres of space after receiving a through-ball which split open the Owls' rearguard and his low centre was neatly placed into the bottom corner by Powell.

But before half time, MK Dons were reduced to ten men when MacKenzie saw red for a second bookable offence.

The defender was beaten all ends up near the halfway line by a neat piece of skill from Clinton Morrison and a second yellow was shown for the challenge.

Wednesday made two changes after the half time break, introducing Mellor and Paul Heffernan into the attack in place of Gary Madine and Teale.

Despite playing a man down, MK Dons were making good use of the ball and enjoyed neat spells of possession after the restart.

The Owls desperately needed an early breakthrough and almost pulled a goal back just after the hour mark when Jermaine Johnson met Giles Coke's corner with a firm header that flashed wide of the target.

Mellor then rose well to get his head to another Coke cross but his header was off target - but the striker wasn't to be denied moments later.

Coke's feed found Mellor in the area and the substitute buried into the net to lift the Hillsborough crowd with 20 minutes left to play.

With Wednesday buoyed by Mellor's goal, MK Dons were having to deal with heavy pressure as the Owls poured men forward in search of an equaliser.

Mellor went close again when Dons keeper Martin saved behind for a corner - from which Wednesday drew level.

Coke swung in the flag kick and Michael Morrison glanced a header into the danger zone for Clinton Morrison to steer into the bottom to set up an exciting finish.

Jameson produced a stunning save near the end to keep out Chadwick before the Dons went down to nine men when Leven saw red for a second bookable offence.

The Owls played out the final few minutes firmly in the driving seat but could not find a winner, although they took credit for a spirited comeback to post a point.

Owls: Jameson, Buxton, M Morrison, R Johnson, Jones, Johnson, O'Connor, Coke, Teale (Heffernan 46), C Morrison, Madine (Mellor 46)

Unused substitutes: O'Donnell, Spurr, Reynolds, Beevers, , Sedgwick

MK Dons: Martin, Woodards (Chicksen 54), Mackenzie, Doumbe, Lewington, Gleeson, Leven, Chadwick, Marsh-Brown (Guy 62), Powell (Stirling 82), Ibehre

Unused substitutes: Searle, Baldock, Vine, Amoo

    Data provided by Press Association

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