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Wednesday were forced to share the spoils after a 1-1 draw with Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium, writes Elliott Jackson.

The Owls led at half time thanks to Gary Hooper’s first league goal of the season, but were pegged back by Joe Mason’s second half strike. Despite the draw, the result means the Owls have made their best start to the season under manager Carlos Carvalhal, with six points from their opening five games.

Carvalhal kept an unchanged team from his side’s 1-0 win at Fulham last week but named new singing Frederico Venancio amongst the substitutes. The centre back was vying for his appearance for his new club, after signing on a season-long loan from Victoria Setubal.

Burton were without star midfielder Jackson Irvine, after the club confirmed the Australian was in talks with Hull City about a move to the KCOM Stadium. Irvine’s departure would be a huge blow to Nigel Clough’s team, with the midfielder picking up an impressive ten goals, and ten assists last season.

Despite Irvine’s absence, the home side nearly found themselves in front early on. Lloyd Dyer’s cross from the left picked out Marvin Sordell, but the striker could only head wide from six-yards, despite being unmarked.

Wednesday were then forced in to an early substitution, after Keiran Westwood was clattered by Sordell. The Republic of Ireland ‘keeper was replaced by Joe Wildsmith, after lengthy treatment.

Despite that set back, the Owls went on to take the lead in the 36th minute. Jack Hunt’s low cross from the right picked out Hooper, and the Englishman’s clever flick gave him his first league goal of the season.

Soon after, Wednesday had the ball in the net again. George Boyd thought he had scored his first goal for his new employers, but he was greeted by the linesman’s flag after finishing at the near post.

In the second half, Burton went in search of an equaliser, with debutant Sean Scannell forcing a good save from Wildsmith. It was then in the 64th minute that Clough brought on Joe Mason.

The striker, on loan from Wolves, swivelled and struck home the equaliser with his first touch of the game, seconds after coming on.

The equaliser forced Wednesday back in to action, as they looked for a winner. Steven Fletcher went close, before Daniel Pudil saw his effort cleared off the line from a corner.

Despite the introduction of Jordan Rhodes and Ross Wallace, there was no way through for the Owls, and they were forced to accept a third league draw of the season. They now go in search for their first home win of the season, with games against Nottingham Forest and Brentford next.

Wednesday: Westwood (Wildsmith 34), Hunt, Lees, Pudil, Fox, Boyd (Wallace 74), Bannan, Jones, Reach, Hooper, Fletcher (Rhodes 74)

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