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Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Burton Albion

Jackson Irvine scores Burton's first-half equaliser
Jackson Irvine's superb first-half volley was his ninth of the season for the Brewers

Jackson Irvine's stunning volley earned Burton Albion a fourth successive Championship draw in a gutsy away performance at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls led after a bright start when keeper Jon McLaughlin allowed Ross Wallace's 30-yard strike to creep in.

But Irvine's fierce shot following a corner restored parity by the interval.

Albion came under increasing pressure in the latter stages, but just about held out and also missed a great chance to snatch the win through Lloyd Dyer.

The Brewers are still three points clear of the Championship relegation zone after stretching their unbeaten run to five matches, while the promotion-chasing Owls remain in sixth place.

Despite their second-half dominance, it could have been worse for the hosts. Winger Dyer somehow blazed the best opportunity of the second half over the bar, but Wednesday were well on top, having 71% of the possession and forcing 19 shots.

Jordan Rhodes, Fernando Forestieri and substitute Steven Fletcher all should have done better as the Owls failed to make the most of their early lead.

The hosts had gone close through Forestieri and Barry Bannan by the time winger Wallace did put them ahead when his speculative strike bounced in off the post.

Keeper McLaughlin seemed to have plenty of time to scramble across his goal despite the accuracy, but his mood will have been brightened by Burton's fine response.

Marvin Sordell forced two decent saves from Keiren Westwood in quick succession, however the keeper was powerless to prevent Irvine smashing home a wonderful equaliser that ultimately earned a point.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal: "It's a game that is very easy to explain. One team that came to achieve one point - which I understand - and another team that tried to win since the beginning.

"Of course I am not happy with the score, but I am happy with my players. Why? Because to play against a team that puts ten players in front of the area is not easy and I think we did what we must do.

"Most of the time we achieved good positions in the wide areas to cross and we did a lot of crosses with quality, but we didn't put the ball inside the net."

Burton manager Nigel Clough: "It was backs-to-the-wall at times and I thought we defended magnificently, to a man.

"We tried to be a threat but it's very difficult against quality opposition like Sheffield Wednesday. You can't play open, expansive football.

"We had to work hard and the only disappointment was the goal we conceded, but we got back on equal terms quickly. If we are to survive, it's got to be a scrap and a battle and you could see the determination to succeed."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 39Sasso
  • 12Loovens
  • 43FoxSubstituted forBuckleyat 79'minutes
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forReachat 52'minutes
  • 3Jones
  • 41Bannan
  • 45Forestieri
  • 17Rhodes
  • 11WinnallSubstituted forFletcherat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 6Fletcher
  • 9Reach
  • 16Palmer
  • 24Semedo
  • 38Buckley
  • 44Nuhiu

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 3Brayford
  • 15Naylor
  • 6Turner
  • 2Flanagan
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 52mins
  • 9SordellSubstituted forPalmerat 71'minutes
  • 24Christensen
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 19VarneySubstituted forWoodrowat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mousinho
  • 12Woodrow
  • 13Bywater
  • 14McCrory
  • 16Palmer
  • 18Miller
  • 30Murphy
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
24,929

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Burton Albion 1.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Adam Reach.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ben Turner (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Vincent Sasso with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Cauley Woodrow replaces Luke Varney.

Attempt missed. Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. William Buckley replaces Morgan Fox.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by John Brayford.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ben Turner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lloyd Dyer.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Marvin Sordell.

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Sam Winnall.

Attempt missed. Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jon McLaughlin.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Offside, Burton Albion. Jackson Irvine tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen with a cross.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

goal

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8Norwich36158136154753
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