A fine second-half header from Dominic Iorfa saw Wednesday take a hard-earned point in a 1-1 draw at Derby.
The result leaves us six points behind the Rams, who now fill the final play-off place, and it stretches our unbeaten run under Steve Bruce to eight games, leaving us in 13th place with 30 points still to play for.
We missed a great chance to go ahead early on when Adam Reach ran clear in the box but failed to pull the ball back to George Boyd who looked sure to score from close-in.
Moments later we were a goal down when Reach’s attempted headed clearance from a Derby corner at the near post only flicked the ball on to the unmarked Bradley Johnson at the far post and he looped his header back across goal and into the top corner of the net.
Wednesday had other good first-half opportunities, with Boyd seeing an effort tipped over by ex-Owl loanee Scott Carson and then Steven Fletcher testing the keeper with another long-ranger.
And it was a frustrating first 45 minutes with some decent spells of possession let down by slow build-up play and misplaced passes in the important final third of the pitch.
We began the second half in more determined fashion and Iorfa brought us level on 57 minutes, the defender rising to power home a close-range header from Barry Bannan’s free kick.
Scott Malone struck an upright for Derby but 10 minutes from time sub Sam Winnall looked to have put us ahead against the club he was loaned to last season, the striker stabbing the ball home in the six-yard box, only for Winnall to be ruled to have kicked the ball out of Carson’s hands in a goalmouth scramble.
The home side then came on strong in the closing minutes with Keiren Westwood producing some good saves to ensure a deserved point for the Owls.
Westwood, Iorfa, Hector, Lees, Palmer, Aarons (Fox 90), Hutchinson, Bannan, Boyd (Winnall 62), Reach, Fletcher (Nuhiu 50).