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Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Stoke City: Owls come from behind to frustrate Stoke

Benik Afobe's brace could not seal the win for Stoke
Benik Afobe's brace could not seal the win for Stoke

Sheffield Wednesday came from behind as Barry Bannan's second half-free kick rescued a point for the Owls against Stoke.

Gary Rowett's visitors had taken an impressive first-half lead thanks to a Benik Afobe double at Hillsborough, but the spirited hosts struck back through Portuguese striker Marco Matias.

Afobe, who took his tally to four for the season, had another goal ruled out for off-side and went close again before Scotland international Bannan clipped in the equaliser off the post.

It moved Wednesday up to ninth and meant Potters boss Gary Rowett has still won just one in his last 14 away matches in all competitions.

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Stoke have the second-worst defence in the Championship so far having conceded 13, only QPR are worse with 14 against, and were once again guilty of sloppy defending in South Yorkshire.

With Brentford loanee Ryan Woods impressing on his full debut, and Afobe lively throughout, they should have made the most of going ahead via the DR Congo forward after only two minutes.

Peter Etebo and Mame Diouf combined to feed Afobe from close range, and he was on target again when the impressive Tom Ince set him free inside the box 20 minutes later.

But Jos Luhukay's outfit were not out of it and pulled one back as Matias finished neatly past Jack Butland as the Stoke defence split too easily.

Ince went close for the visitors after the break and Diouf had an effort blocked but then Bannan's delicate free-kick set-up a frantic finale.

Rowett sent on substitutes Bojan and Darren Fletcher to try and chase all three points, but had to settle for just one as the Owls saw out four added minutes.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay said:

"It was very hard for us today, when you are 2-0 down it is always very hard but we did well to come back into the game.

"We spoke last week (about) how important it is to believe in each other. It looked like we lacked that for 20 to 25 minutes and we had to fight back, but fight back we did.

"But in the end, we give our players credit. We are very happy to come away with a point. Character and mentality is so important in the Championship."

Stoke boss Gary Rowett said:

"For 30 minutes I felt we were in full control of the game and we could have been further ahead.

"We then conceded a goal which gave them a huge lift for five to 10 minutes and we lost a bit of intensity.

"We created further chances in the second half and I felt we should have won the game comfortably.

"It's frustrating when you don't win games. I'm disappointed with the result but pleased with a vastly improved performance."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 12Thorniley
  • 42Penney
  • 8PelupessySubstituted forNuhiuat 68'minutes
  • 10BannanBooked at 87mins
  • 19MatiasSubstituted forOnomahat 68'minutes
  • 20ReachSubstituted forHectorat 88'minutes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 7Onomah
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 24Baker
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 34Hector
  • 36Pudil

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 23Martina
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Pieters
  • 8EteboSubstituted forFletcherat 84'minutes
  • 38Woods
  • 4Allen
  • 7Ince
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 87'minutes
  • 18DioufSubstituted forBojanat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Williams
  • 19Berahino
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 30Edwards
  • 32Federici
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
24,905

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away13
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Stoke City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Stoke City 2.

Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday).

Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Michael Hector replaces Adam Reach.

Booking

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bojan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Stoke City).

Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Mame Biram Diouf.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Darren Fletcher replaces Peter Etebo.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Stoke City 2. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Benik Afobe (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Stoke City. Joe Allen tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Allen with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josh Onomah replaces Marco Matias.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Joey Pelupessy.

Attempt blocked. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jordan Thorniley.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

Attempt saved. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Cameron Dawson.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds74301551015
2Brentford7421146814
3Bristol City7421126614
4Middlesbrough742193614
5Sheff Utd7403129312
6Swansea733175212
7Derby7403109112
8West Brom73221610611
9Sheff Wed73221111011
10Bolton7322910-111
11Wigan73131110110
12Aston Villa72411212010
13Blackburn724189-110
14Rotherham7304611-59
15Nottm Forest71518808
16Norwich72231012-28
17Hull7214811-37
18QPR7214514-97
19Millwall713379-26
20Stoke7133913-46
21Birmingham705257-25
22Reading7124811-35
23Preston7124712-55
24Ipswich7034511-63
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