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Report: Gillingham 0-0 Wednesday

19 March 2022

Match Reports

Report: Gillingham 0-0 Wednesday

19 March 2022

Wednesday posted another point in pursuit of the play-offs, drawing 0-0 with Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium.

The Owls edged proceedings overall in terms of ball retention but chances at both ends came at a premium.

More came the visitors’ way late on as Gillingham asked more of the earlier questions. Stuart O’Keefe crossed nicely for Charlie Kelman but the latter’s header went wide and ex-Owl Vadaine Oliver miscued from close range after Bailey Peacock-Farrell parried a whistling Kelman hit.

The Owls struggled to breach a resolute Gills backline and fed on scraps throughout a first half lacking in real talking points.

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Just 10 seconds into the second period, though, Wednesday survived a scare when Kelman sprung free down the middle but Peacock-Farrell was alert to the situation and raced off his line to deal with the danger.

The Owls responded with Lee Gregory volleying a Barry Bannan feed over the bar before the duo combined again moments later, alas the finish was the same.

Darren Moore made a double change of the hour, introducing Saido Berahino and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing as Wednesday pressed for a winner.

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And it almost came on 72 minutes when Bannan threaded a sidefoot shot through the eye of a needle and Aaron Chapman scampered across his line to palm wide in the nick of time.

Bannan then unleashed a curling shot on the angle that brushed the top of the net and Gregory went close on the angle after good work from Berahino.

The Gills dropped deeper and deeper to preserve a point that could have been three when Oliver, against the run of play, burst in on goal right at the last only to prod tamely past the post.

Wednesday: Peacock-Farrell, Hunt (Mendez-Laing 61), Storey, Hutchinson, Dunkley, Johnson, Luongo, Byers (Dean 79), Bannan, Paterson (Berahino 61), Gregory


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