JONES ALL SMILES THANKS TO LITA
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.”
POINTS SHARED: Sheffield Wednesday’s Leroy Lita shoots and scores to make it 1-1