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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.

"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."

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."


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Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


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


Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 1Kiraly
  • 6Bodurov
  • 12Fofana
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 20Rodallega
  • 37Grimmer
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma replaces Kieran Lee.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Fulham).

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