Owls are re­stricted to point by Hoops

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stephen Thirkill

FRUS­TRATED boss Car­los Car­val­hal feels his Sh­effield Wed­nes­day side let two points slip in their draw with QPR.

The Owls were forced to come from be­hind af­ter Sam Win­nall’s sec­ond-half strike can­celled out Jamie Mackie’s opener.

It leaves last sea­son’s play-off semi-fi­nal­ists still search­ing for their first win of the cam­paign fol­low­ing their open­ing-day de­feat to Pre­ston.

Car­val­hal said: “We de­served to win the game af­ter the way we played in the sec­ond half. We did enough to win.

“The sec­ond half was much bet­ter; it was the Sh­effield Wed­nes­day we want, mov­ing the ball fast and cre­at­ing chances.

“It's a game that didn't start easy, we lost two play­ers in the first min­utes and we didn't play at the level we must play.

“It was a di­vided game with chances for both teams. We were more ag­gres­sive in the sec­ond half, the play­ers won more du­els and moved the ball bet­ter.

“I think we had more chances, clear chances to win the game, so I will not say we won a point.

“Sam Win­nall did well, he cre­ated an im­pact on Tues­day and again today.”

Rangers boss Ian Hol­loway was de­lighted with the point and chal­lenged his side to build on the per­for­mance.

“It's a re­ally pleas­ing point. The per­for­mance was a big step for­ward for us. I'm proud of the lads,” he said. “We can build on a dis­play like that, es­pe­cially the first 45 min­utes when we were by far the bet­ter side.

“Ninety per cent of that per­for­mance pleased me. The other ten per cent we can work on. But it's a good start for us.

“We looked re­ally good at times. I'm pleased for our fans today be­cause they saw a proper away per­for­mance from QPR.

“We saw both sides of our game, both de­fen­sively and from an at­tack­ing point of view. We passed both tests.

“We looked well or­gan­ised, cre­ated chances and gave a strong Wed­nes­day side a re­ally tough game.”

Jor­dan Rhodes headed straight at former Hud­der­s­field team-mate Alex Smithies on 19 min­utes as Wed­nes­day en­joyed the best of the early ex­changes.

Jamie Mackie’s low shot was saved eas­ily by Keiren West­wood a minute later as the game started to open up.

But there was noth­ing West­wood could do when Mackie fired the Lon­don­ers ahead with a cool fin­ish on 23 min­utes.

Tom Lees headed just wide, be­fore Win­nall flashed a shot wide af­ter re­act­ing well to Adam Reach’s fizzed ef­fort in the clos­ing stages of the half.

And Wed­nes­day made that pres­sure tell three min­utes af­ter the break when Win­nall smashed home af­ter QPR failed to clear their lines.

Mas­simo Luongo fired wide from long range three min­utes later, be­fore Rhodes headed over when he should have scored for the Owls.

Luke Free­man shot straight at West­wood af­ter a good run just af­ter the hour mark, be­fore Gary Hooper had a header bril­liantly cleared off the line at the other end.

Pawel Ws­zolek also had a shot a saved by West­wood af­ter a good break at pace on 77 min­utes.

And Conor Washington then wasted a glo­ri­ous chance to win it late on for the vis­i­tors when he blew a one-on-one chance af­ter be­ing put through.

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