JONES ALL SMILES THANKS TO LITA

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

min­utes, with Read­ing loa­nee Jay Tabb nip­ping in front of Lewis Bux­ton to score his first goal for four-and-a-half years.

Owls boss Jones made two sub­sti­tu­tions mid­way through the first half, first with­draw­ing Kieran Lee in or­der to move Jer­maine John­son across to the right wing, only for John­son to pick up an in­jury mo­ments later and leave the field him­self.

The hosts went close to a 45th minute equaliser, with Ipswich keeper Scott Loach sav­ing well from Lita be­fore Smith stopped An­thony Gard­ner’s re­bound on the line.

Bux­ton atoned for his ear­lier er­ror just be­fore the hour mark, link­ing up with sub­sti­tute Chris Maguire down the right and de­liv­er­ing a cross that Lita duly dis­patched to draw Wed­nes­day level.

The Owls had the ball in the net again 20 min­utes later from Jeremy He­lan’s cross, but it was ruled out for off­side against Lita.

The ex­cel­lent Pugh then ended the game as he started it, pro­duc­ing an ac­ro­batic goalline clear­ance to deny sub­sti­tute Jay Em­manuelThomas af­ter a spillage by Chris Kirk­land.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy joined Jones in good spir­its af­ter the game, he said: “I’d like it if some­body can please come up with some equa­tion that proves we’re def­i­nitely safe so I can en­joy a glass of some­thing and en­joy my Sun­day.

“There isn’t a bad away point and we played well enough to be more than a goal in front in the first half, but Dave would ar­gue they were bet­ter in the sec­ond half.

“They’ve had one ruled out where it’s off­side and we’ve had one cleared off or, maybe, even over the line, so I’d say it’s prob­a­bly hon­ours even in terms of play­ing and the re­sult.

“We shouldn’t have even both­ered, I’d have took a point be­fore we started.

“In­stead of kick­ing the s**t out of each other we could have just set­tled it and called it a draw.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

POINTS SHARED: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Leroy Lita shoots and scores to make it 1-1

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