FA Cup - Third Round
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Macclesfield Town 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Steve Williams's second-half equaliser for Conference Premier Macclesfield Town set up an FA Cup third-round replay at Sheffield Wednesday.

Joe Connor had a header cleared off the line for Town before Reda Johnson nodded the Championship side ahead.

Rhys Taylor made a string of fine saves for the hosts, denying Jose Semedo and Jeremy Helan either side of the break.

Chris Holroyd and Danny Whitaker both went close to levelling before Williams prodded home the equaliser.

Like Connor in the first half, Holroyd's header was cleared off the line by Liam Palmer.

Owls keeper Damian Martinez then saved well from a powerfully struck Whitaker effort from inside the box.

Macclesfield, the lowest ranked side in the third round, continued to pile forward in search of a lucrative leveller.

The Silkmen need £150,000 of investment to keep the club afloat and securing safe passage to the fourth round is worth more than £67,000.

Snatching an equaliser and holding on to force a replay at Hillsborough also guarantees a much needed financial boost.

Williams did enough to get a toe onto the end of a deep Paul Turnbull cross and steer the ball past Martinez.

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Macclesfield manager John Askey told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Macclesfield boss Askey

"Second half we came out a bit more confident and created chances, Sheffield Wednesday didn't really threaten I didn't think.

"I'm not saying that we were fortunate not to win it but I'm just glad we got the draw and that's as much as we could of asked for or dreamed of.

"When your centre half breaks through to score the equalising goal then its not what you expect but that's the FA Cup and I thought he (Steve Williams) was tremendous today as most of them were."

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Post-match: Sheff Wed caretaker Gray

"We started very well, got our noses in front, deserved to be leading I thought, and then we didn't build on that.

"The disappointing thing is in the last 10 minutes we probably looked like we could've lost the game.

"It's the FA Cup. It always happens in the FA Cup - they run that little bit harder and close you down that little bit quicker."

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Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 1R Taylor
  • 26Halls
  • 3Andrew
  • 23Whitaker
  • 12Williams
  • 2Connor
  • 7Mackreth
  • 6Turnbull
  • 19BodenSubstituted forMartinat 90+3'minutes
  • 9HolroydSubstituted forLewisat 64'minutes
  • 11Winn

Substitutes

  • 4Martin
  • 5Bolton
  • 10Kissock
  • 15Lewis
  • 20Branagan
  • 24Rowe
  • 25Kay

Sheff Wed

  • 26Martinez
  • 22Palmer
  • 3JohnsonBooked at 83mins
  • 6Semedo
  • 36Loovens
  • 32Llera
  • 18MaguireBooked at 84minsSubstituted forMaghomaat 87'minutes
  • 27McPhailSubstituted forMcCabeat 73'minutes
  • 34Nuhiu
  • 20Lee
  • 17HelanSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kirkland
  • 10Maghoma
  • 11Johnson
  • 16McCabe
  • 19Mattock
  • 21Corry
  • 37Betra
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
5,873

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Carl Martin.
Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Carl Martin replaces Scott Boden.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andy Halls.
Offside, Macclesfield Town. Scott Boden tries a through ball, but Peter Winn is caught offside.
Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma replaces Chris Maguire.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Steve Williams.
Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Palmer.
Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).
Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Danny Andrew (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Turnbull.

Booking

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.
Back pass by Damián Martinez (Sheffield Wednesday).
(Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
Delay in match Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.
Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town).
Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town).
Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Jeremy Helan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Rhys McCabe replaces Stephen McPhail.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Turnbull with a through ball.
Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town).
Attempt saved. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Whitaker with a cross.
Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Damián Martinez.
Attempt saved. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Chris Holroyd.
Attempt missed. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Boden.
Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Jack Mackreth (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Danny Andrew.
Attempt saved. Peter Winn (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Boden.
Attempt saved. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee.
Attempt blocked. Scott Boden (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Williams.
Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).
Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Steve Williams (Macclesfield Town) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Mackreth with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) because of an injury.
Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Liam Palmer.
Attempt blocked. Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Mackreth.
Attempt blocked. Chris Holroyd (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Whitaker.
Attempt missed. Stephen McPhail (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire.
Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Joe Connor.
Offside, Macclesfield Town. Danny Andrew tries a through ball, but Scott Boden is caught offside.
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