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QPR (H) Match Report

QPR (H) Match Report

Substitute Sam Winnall rescued a point for Wednesday, as they drew 1-1 at home to Queen Park Rangers.

Winnall’s first goal of the season cancelled out a first half strike from Jamie Mackie, leaving the Owls still searching for their first league win of the season.

The result has done little to lift the pressure on manager Carlos Carvalhal, with discontent building around the team’s performances. The club’s failure to sign a much needed centre back has also drawn criticism from the fans, with many feeling Carvalhal’s time at Hillsborough may be up.

Following a reported training ground bust up this week, Carvalhal opted to leave Fernando Forestieri out of his 18 man squad. Instead, Sam Winnall found himself back on the bench, with Hooper and Rhodes leading the line from the start.

The afternoon started off poorly for Wednesday, with Sam Hutchinson forced off after only 13 minutes. Hutchinson is key to the Owls’ midfield, providing protection to the back four, so this was a huge loss for the home side.

To make matters worse for Wednesday, they then went behind. Jamie Mackie broke down the left and slotted past Keiran Westwood to give the visitors the lead.

To compound Wednesday’s misery, they were then forced to replace Glenn Loovens, who went off with a back injury, forcing another reshuffle. The shouts for defensive reinforcements grew even louder as the captain trudged off, leaving the Owls with only one recognised centre half.

With the groans echoing louder and louder around Hillsborough, Wednesday went in search of a leveller. First Gary Hooper had a penalty appeal denied, as he appeared to be tugged to the ground when looking to latch on to a Tom Lees downwards header.

The best chance for the home side came from substitute Sam Winnall. A neat pull back from Adam Reach found the striker unmarked, but he dragged his shot wide from 12 yards out.

At half time, Carvalhal changed formation, with his side operating with a diamond in midfield. With Wednesday already forced in to two substitutions, Hooper slotted at the tip of the diamond, behind Rhodes and Winnall who were up front.

That change made the difference, with Wednesday drawing level just three minutes in to the second half. QPR failed to clear Bannan’s cross from the left, and Winnall powered the ball home to open his account for the season.

The goal changed the atmosphere at Hillsborough, with the Owls now being roared on by the home crowd. First Rhodes and then Hooper were denied by last ditch defending as they went in search of a winner.

However, QPR were gifted a huge chance to seal all three points with five minutes left. Connor Washington squared the ball for sub Kazenga LuaLua, but the Brighton loanee missed the target, when it seemed easier to score.

The game ended level, with neither side able to find that illusive second goal to take all three points. Wednesday now face Simon Grayson’s Sunderland side at home in midweek, as they continue their search for a first three points of the campaign.

Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Loovens (Winnall 27), Lees, Pudil, Wallace, Hutchinson (Jones 13), Reach, Rhodes (Fletcher 87), Hooper

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Unread article 12/08/2017 at 19:08

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