|SWFC v ITFC|
A huge talking point in the build up to this match was the story of Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine being sentenced to18 months in prison for two counts of assault. The club are yet to release an official statement regarding the contract of the player (which has 3 years remaining) and is expected to do so after this match. After a morale boosting performance against Brighton, the Owls were hoping Ipswich would be the match they record their first win of the season. Sitting high in 10th position though, the Tractor Boys would be no easy opponents - even though they did throw away a 1-4 lead in their last outing.
|Town goalscorer, Paul Anderson|
|Owls goalscorer, Michail Antonio|
A 31st minute drive at goal by Antonio is blocked after good work by Reda Johnson and Ipswich almost make the Owls pay with a quick break, only for the home side to get numbers back quickly and quell any danger. The Tractor Boys start to control the midfield as Giles Coke suffers a dip in form and is easily bypassed in the middle of the field. One such lapse in concentration by Coke allows Town to break - Aaron Cresswell (making his 100th league appearance for the club) finding Skuse who drives a shot that beats Chris Kirkland only for the post to prevent the goal!
Moments later and Coke is replaced, fan favourite Jose Semedo coming on to take his place in midfield. Just before the half ends, Fryatt is put through on goal by the substitute and he smashes a shot straight at Gerken who does well to tip the ball onto the bar and out for a corner. The resulting corner is again wasted though and the half ends with the scores level.
|SWFCs Jeremy Helan|
Ipswich are quick out of the blocks and earn a corner within seconds of the restart but Murphy heads the cross wide of the post to the relief of the home fans. Antonio has had a good afternoon so far and his cross into the box is met by Reda Johnson who also heads wide. The Owls captain is soon replaced as he picks up an injury, Jermaine Johnson taking his place. On the hour mark Town come close again - Murphy drilling a shot wide of the post this time.
|A man in form, David McGoldrick.|
McGoldrick fails to convert two chances in quick succession before J.Johnson breaks for Wednesday - frustratingly driving his shot at the legs of the last defender. Lacking in match fitness following a long injury lay-off, it comes as no surprise when Fryatt is replaced in the 74th minute - Liam Palmer replacing him. The Owls come close to taking the lead for the first time in the match when an audacious 35 yard rocket from J.Johnson smashes against the crossbar, bringing Wednesday fans to their feet once again. The Jamaican looks to be taking the game to Ipswich when he is fouled by Tommy Smith, earning the defender a yellow card.
|Tractor Boys' Jay Tabb|
Statistics: (home / away)
Shots: 7 / 13
On target: 3 / 3
Corners: 6 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 13
Possession: 47% / 53%
FT REVIEW: I was sure that Wednesday would earn their first win of the season in this match, disappointing not to be the case but at least its not a loss. Ipswich looked very threatening on the break and would be happy with a point too after J.Johnson smashed the crossbar. Wednesday were again indebted to their goalkeeper as the slow closing down resulted in an abundance of shots at goal. I'd like to see more shots from the Owls - you don't have to have the perfect cross/pass - just take a chance at goal more often. With Bolton Wanderers finally getting a win on the board, they leapfrog Wednesday - dropping the Owls into the early season bottom 3.
|Always improving, Atdhe Nuhiu|
Dave Jones: "A point was a fair assessment I think, they had the first half and we had the second. I just wish we could have put on a show for 90 minutes like we did on Tuesday (1-1 draw with Brighton) - we popped the ball around and there was no panic."
Mick McCarthy: "I'm delighted with a point, I thought we were excellent in the first half and I think we had to show a different side to us in the second - in terms of defending and being resolute. The second half they improved and we had to defend."