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Match preview - Owls v Bristol City

16 April 2021

The Owls welcome Bristol City to Hillsborough on Saturday for the second of three successive home fixtures.

Manager Darren Moore will be absent on a period of leave related to his contraction of COVID-19 and everyone at the club wishes the gaffer a speedy and full recovery.

Assistant manager Jamie Smith will take the team against the Robins, who are managed by former Owls defender Nigel Pearson. 

Wednesday coach Paul Williams is back to assist Smith following his period of COVID-19 isolation.



Date: Saturday 17 April
Kick-off: 12.30pm


Referee - Tony Harrington
Assistant Referee 1 - Shaun Hudson
Assistant Referee 2 - Matthew Jones
Fourth Official - Ross Joyce


The game will be preceded by a minute's silence on the day of the funeral of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The players, coaching staff and match officials will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.



The game will be broadcast live on iFollow with four-camera coverage and commentary from Rob O’Neill and John Pearson.

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Our official Twitter account @swfc will provide a blow-by-blow text update of the Robins clash, as well as posting key information, including team news at 11.30am.

Our official Instagram @swfcofficial will also keep you up to date on the latest events and content uploaded to the story throughout the day.


The Megastore reopened on Monday in line with the Government’s road to recovery but remains closed on matchday. Our Meadowhall store also opened its doors this week and will follow the shopping mall’s regular hours.

Supporters can purchase official SWFC merchandise 24/7 at the Sheffield Wednesday Online Shop


Owls: Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns following the midweek reverse to Swansea.

Joost van Aken and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru are training with the squad as they step up their returns from injury.

Chey Dunkley (hamstring) is back at Middlewood Road but Saturday could come too soon for the defender, while Moses Odubajo (hamstring), Massimo Luongo (knee), Dominic Iorfa (Achilles) and Cameron Dawson (knee) remain sidelined.


Bristol City: Antoine Semenyo has been training throughout the week following a recent injury and could feature on Saturday. New recruit Danny Simpson is likely to miss out.

Nathan Baker and Chris Martin are back on the grass said Pearson in his pre-match press conference, while Cam Pring is expected to return to training next week.


Bristol City: DLLLD

LAST FIVE v Bristol City

Bristol City 2-0 Owls – 27 September 2020 - Championship
Bristol City 1-2 Owls – 28 June 2020 – Championship
Owls 1-0 Bristol City – 22 December 2019 – Championship
Owls 2-0 Bristol City – 22 April 2019 – Championship
Bristol City 1-2 Owls – 7 October 2018 – Championship



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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-1 Bristol City

17 April 2021

Wednesday were dealt another devastating blow to their Championship survival hopes as 10-man Bristol City scored a last-gasp leveller to secure an unlikely draw at Hillsborough.

Julian Börner’s early strike was heading to be the only goal of a one-sided game that the Owls controlled from start to finish, even without the dismissal of Henri Lansbury in the first half for deliberate handball on the goal line.

Barry Bannan saw the resulting penalty saved by Daniel Bentley and the hosts were made to pay as Tyreeq Bakinson struck with three minutes to go.

Wednesday were off to the perfect start in the afternoon sun, taking the lead inside six minutes. Bannan’s corner dipped to the back post, where Josh Windass fired back across goal for Börner to finish from close range.


That gave the Owls a strong foundation - they might have been out of sight by half time - although City did rally in an instant, with Famara Diedhiou testing Keiren Westwood from the edge of the box.

From there, though, Wednesday swiftly regrouped, bossed possession and asked all the questions.

And on 22 minutes, they were given a golden opportunity to double the lead from the spot.

The Robins were reduced to 10 men to boot as Lansbury was adjudged to have used a hand to divert Callum Paterson’s shot over and saw red.


But keeper Bentley ensured his side stayed in the game with a low, diving save from Bannan’s penalty.

Bannan almost made amends moments after the restart, slaloming his way past two defenders to face Bentley on the angle but the shot was planted narrowly wide.

Bannan was again the architect as just a lick of paint stood between Wednesday and a 2-0 lead, the Scot delivering a delicious cross to the far post, where the advancing Liam Palmer got a good connection on the volley but slammed against the crossbar.

Josh Windass drilled past the post and then brushed the top of the net five minutes before the end of a first half the Owls completely dominated.


The challenge was to maintain similar levels in the second period and they frustrated City by keeping the ball for extended periods.

The Robins made a triple change to alter the flow of the game but still the visitors struggled to get a foothold.

The offensive play was all the Owls and Bentley was off his line sharply to deny Kadeem Harris before Joey Pelupessy had a fierce drive from distance charged down.

City were pinned into their own half and when they did venture forward, the blue and white line ahead was resolute.


Bannan curled wide after ghosting into the area from the right and with the minutes passing by, Wednesday had to see the game out.

But with three minutes to go they were hit on the counter as the Robins levelled from a rare move into the final third as Bakinson span to fire an equaliser from 20 yards.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Hutchinson (Kachunga 90), Lees, Börner, Reach, Bannan, Pelupessy, Harris (Green 72), Windass, Paterson (Rhodes 72)

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