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Report: Wednesday 1-1 Accrington

15 March 2022

From a goal-glut on Saturday to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday. Darren Moore has warned of the unpredictable nature of League One and his words rang true as the Owls were pegged back by Accrington.

Callum Paterson broke the resolve of Stanley midway through the second half but the visitors equalised through an unfortunate Marvin Johnson own goal to keep Wednesday out of a top six return.

The Owls made their attacking intent clear but after an encouraging start were frustrated for long periods by a dogged Accrington display.

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Barry Bannan forced Toby Savin into a near post save as the hosts pushed for control and the keeper came to the rescue again, parrying clear a fierce Saido Berahino drive, but Stanley began to creep into the contest.

And they created a clear opening on the 20-minute mark, Marcel Lewis glancing wide after fine wing play from Rosaire Longelo.

Possession was shared as the game fell into a lull ahead of the interval, before which the highlight was Savin diving smartly to keep out a sweet shot from Paterson.

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The second period certainly needed a spark and Lee Gregory was introduced on the hour with Wednesday seeking a way through the sea of red.

The flow of play was stop/start, albeit with the Owls wresting back full control, and they were finally rewarded, making the breakthrough on 67 minutes.

Harvey Rodgers did well on the line to deny substitute Jack Hunt a maiden Wednesday goal but the defender could only watch powerlessly as the rebound fell to Paterson, who slammed home in front of the Kop.

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A tense atmosphere lifted and the Owls briefly responded – Hunt motored in on goal once more straight after the restart but his shot from 18 yards was always rising.

But just as they did in the first half, Accrington forged a route back and this time made their renaissance count with seven minutes to go.

A hanging corner from Harry Pell dropped nicely for Ross Sykes, who headed into the far corner with the aid of a Johnson deflection to leave Wednesday frustrated but a point to the good in the quest for the top six.

Wednesday: Peacock-Farrell, Palmer (Hunt 46), Iorfa, Hutchinson, Storey, Johnson, Luongo, Byers, Bannan (Dele-Bashiru 71), Paterson, Berahino (Gregory 59)


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