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Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Birmingham City: Che Adams salvages point for Blues at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Lee Bullen
Owls caretaker boss Lee Bullen has guided his side to a four-game unbeaten run

A second-half Che Adams strike saw Birmingham City come from behind against Sheffield Wednesday and deny Owls caretaker boss Lee Bullen a third win in four games since replacing Jos Luhukay.

Wednesday had the better of the first half, with Adam Reach volleying over and Michael Hector sending an effort narrowly wide.

Steven Fletcher then put the Owls ahead with his first goal in eight appearances, hooking the ball home after Tom Lees headed down Barry Bannan's ball into the box.

But Adams denied the hosts victory after the restart, running through and showing good control and composure to fire the ball past keeper Keiren Westwood.

Steve Bruce is widely expected to be appointed as Owls manager at some point in January and Bullen's run will see him inherit a side increasing in confidence.

They would have had another victory but for the heroics of Blues keeper Lee Camp, who made numerous saves to earn his side a point and keep them within four points of the play-off places.

Camp's sprawling stop kept out a Reach strike and then he pushed away a Fletcher header before a superb double save from substitute Atdhe Nuhiu in stoppage time at the end of the game.

Birmingham did threaten on occasions, with substitute Craig Gardner going closest to snatching victory with a late free-kick that hit the post.

Wednesday caretaker manager Lee Bullen: "I think we dominated for about 80 minutes, we had a 10-minute spell in the second half during which we got punished.

"In the first half I felt we were the team with the legs, the team with the energy, the team with the quality.

"We're disappointed with the goal. The reaction to losing that goal I thought was second to none. Credit to Birmingham when you are not playing well the next best thing is to make sure you don't lose the game."

Birmingham manager Garry Monk: "I thought Lee was the best player on the pitch today. He's been fantastic since he's come in.

"He was a big reason why we managed to keep that point.

"This is a really tough period. This is a hugely demanding period and we don't have the biggest of squads. We weren't as fresh as we would have wanted."


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Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 34Hector
  • 6FoxBooked at 87mins
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 21BoydSubstituted forWinnallat 89'minutes
  • 10Bannan
  • 20Reach
  • 19Matias
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 89'minutes


  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Winnall
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 24Baker
  • 25Dawson
  • 36Pudil
  • 42Penney


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 28MorrisonBooked at 60mins
  • 12Dean
  • 5Colin
  • 23JotaBooked at 71mins
  • 20GardnerSubstituted forGardnerat 63'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forMahoneyat 45'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 9Adams


  • 7Mahoney
  • 8Gardner
  • 24Scarr
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 30Lubala
  • 31Lakin
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Birmingham City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Birmingham City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

  7. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Winnall replaces George Boyd.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher.

  12. Post update

    Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  13. Booking

    Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Post update

    Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Post update

    Wes Harding (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

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