Last-gasp sickener for Owls

Wednesday hardly deserved all three points against Bolton at Hillsborough but we looked to have chalked up a desperately-needed first win in five league games … only for a stoppage time equaliser to end those hopes.

George Boyd had put us in front with a clinical finish 12 minutes from time, drilling home an angled shot from Lucas Joao’s through ball and then seeing referee Darren Bond overrule a linesman’s flag for Jordan Rhodes being offside to allow the goal to stand.

However, just when we had a rare three points in our grasp, Aaron Wilbraham headed home from close range with his marker Frederico Venancio slipping as the cross came in.

With several of the teams around us again losing – or failing to win – we remain in 17th spot and now on 38 points, eight clear of Birmingham who occupy the first relegation place.

Boyd’s shot was one of only two efforts on target for Wednesday, the other coming in the first half when Ben Alnwick foiled Atdhe Nuhiu, and it was another largely disappointing and disjointed performance from the Owls.

At the other end, Joe Wildsmith kept out a first-half header from ex-Owl loanee Will Buckley and Bolton grew in confidence as the game went on before Wilbraham’s last-gasp equaliser.

It leaves Jos Luhukay with just one win in his 11 league games since taking over early in the New Year, and the manager said afterwards: “It is frustrating. Ten minutes before the end of the game we are in a good position but we didn’t have a good moment in extra time. We thought we had the three points but we have only one.

“I think we can clear the situation before the ball comes in. The consequence is that Bolton get the goal and the draw. Bolton had three or four moments but over 90 minutes we had a good defence. At the end it was not enough to win which is frustrating.

“The players are also very disappointed and frustrated.”

Wildsmith, Hunt, Venancio, Lees, Pudil, Clare, Pelupessy (Jones 90), Reach, Boyd (Fox 86), Nuhiu (Rhodes 77), Joao. Att: 26,809.