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Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Fulham

Matt Smith
Matt Smith has scored in successive games, having netted Fulham's only goal in their 5-1 home loss to Bournemouth a week earlier

Matt Smith rescued a point for struggling Fulham against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Owls winger Chris Maguire tested keeper Marcus Bettinelli, while substitute Stevie May wasted a clear first-half chance before heading home the opener from a Lewis McGugan cross.

Smith levelled with a flicked finish off the underside of the bar.

Home keeper Keiren Westwood then denied Smith, while Ross McCormack went close to securing maximum points for Fulham.

While the point lifts Fulham to 20th in the table, they slip to within six points of the relegation places after Wigan Athletic beat fellow strugglers Rotherham United.

The home side should have taken the lead in the first of six minutes of first-half stoppage time - added on following injuries which forced off Owls' pair Liam Palmer and Will Keane - with Jeremy Helan's cross from the left nodded down by striker Atdhe Nuhiu to unmarked substitute May, who sliced his effort into the arms of Bettinelli.

May eventually found the target after McGugan's corner was returned to the on-loan Watford midfielder, whose cross was flicked into the left corner by May's head.

Nuhiu then went close from close range and Marnick Vermijl, a first-half replacement for Palmer, tested Bettinelli.

Fulham's Tim Hoogland had a half-volley blocked before Smith, in his third game back at Fulham following a loan spell at Bristol City, then finished substitute Cauley Woodrow's centre to level.

Westwood denied Smith a second after the striker ran onto a Scott Parker pass, with Kostas Stafylidis lifting the rebound over.

As both sides searched for a winner, McCormack sent a free-kick narrowly onto the roof of the net and and Nuhiu struck the top of the bar at the other end, although he was flagged for offside.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray: "I'm disappointed that the referee didn't give a free-kick for simulation (in the build-up to Fulham's equaliser) but at the end of the day you've got to play until you hear the whistle go.

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Gray on Wednesday v Fulham

"The game wasn't one for the purists. The most important thing is probably getting to the 50-point mark, that's probably the only positive to have come out of the game. It was a poor game.

"The game wasn't conducive for football. It became an open game, we attacked, they attacked, but the pitch didn't allow for any real quality in the game."

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Symons on Sheffield Weds v Fulham

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "I was appealing for it (a penalty) as you would imagine but, listen, either way I was just pleased to have got the goal in the end.

"They were appealing for offside against Matt (Smith) but I spoke to some of their guys afterwards and they were quite happy that he was onside in the end.

"We knew about the state of the pitch coming into it. I spoke to Stuart about it before the game and I said to our players it's not an excuse."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8PalmerSubstituted forVermijlat 29'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 15Lees
  • 35Dielna
  • 17Helan
  • 10Maguire
  • 37McGugan
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 20LeeBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMaghomaat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 48KeaneSubstituted forMayat 42'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 3Mattock
  • 7May
  • 19Maghoma
  • 33Melo
  • 36Vermijl
  • 43Kirkland

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 29Richards
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 18TurnerBooked at 78mins
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 2HooglandSubstituted forWoodrowat 69'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 32KavanaghSubstituted forFofanaat 70'minutes
  • 9Smith
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 6Bodurov
  • 12Fofana
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 20Rodallega
  • 37Grimmer
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
22,182

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seko Fofana.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma replaces Kieran Lee.

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Parker with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Michael Turner (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Turner (Fulham).

Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ashley Richards.

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Sean Kavanagh.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Tim Hoogland.

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

Attempt blocked. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Watford372161076453169
3Middlesbrough37209858273169
4Derby371910869402967
5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
23Millwall37710203162-3131
24Blackpool37410232974-4522
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