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28 July 2012

Doncaster 0-0 Owls

The Owls drew 0-0 in the pre-season friendly encounter against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

Wednesday controlled large parts of the opening period, enjoyed plenty of possession and created the better chances over the 90 minutes.

The Owls now look forward to a stern test next week against Premier League side West Brom at Hillsborough.

Fresh from the week-long training camp in Portugal, the Owls continued their pre-season schedule with a friendly game against Rovers.

Wednesday were quick out of the blocks as Chris Lines tested Gary Woods after just 30 seconds with his low strike pushed behind for a corner after a pacy run down the centre.

Chris Kirkland, making his first appearance for Wednesday, then made a top-drawer save after 11 minutes to deny David Syers giving Rovers the lead.

The attacking emphasis was with Wednesday and on the half-hour, Marlon Harewood was thwarted by Woods from close range after winning possession inside the 18-yard box as Wednesday continued to pose the biggest threat.

Nejc Pecnik and Chris Maguire then linked up well for the latter to centre towards Harewood, whose shot was deflected wide – with Reda Johnson heading over the resulting corner.

With Doncaster on the back foot, Maguire played a superbly weighted through ball into the path of Harewood but the ex-West Ham striker could not find a way past Woods from 12 yards on the angle.

Second half substitute Chris O’Grady displayed his strength on the hour as the powerful striker turned sharply on the edge of the area and shot on target but Woods made a comfortable save.

Wednesday went within a whisker of breaking the deadlock when O’Grady’s cut back was cleared only as far as Pecnik, who saw his first time strike cleared off the line by Paul Quinn.

Rovers striker Chris Brown almost capitalised on a hanging ball inside the Wednesday half but fired over the bar under pressure from Miguel Llera with ten minutes left on the clock.

Doncaster: G Woods, Quinn, Husband, Spurr, Wakefield, Coppinger, Keegan (M Woods 66), Syers (Stock 66), Cotterill (Blake 66), Brown (Ball 90), Bennett
Substitutes: Maxted, Mullen, McCormick

Owls: Kirkland, Mattock, Llera, Gardner, R Johnson (Beevers75), Pecnik, Lines, Semedo, J Johnson (M Jones 26), Maguire (Prutton 84), Harewood (O’Grady 46)
Substitutes: Bywater, Lee, Reynolds, Amado, Coke, Lowe

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