Owls held again after another late sickener

Wednesday conceded another late goal as we saw two more points disappear in a 2-2 draw at Cheltenham this afternoon.

It means it is still five and a half years since we last came from behind to win an away game and leaves us now five points adrift of the play-offs and 11 points behind leaders Plymouth.

Following another largely uninspiring first-half performance, we took ourselves to the verge of three points, only to concede a 91st minute equaliser from Matty Blair, the defender heading the ball home from close range after we failed to clear a Cheltenham corner.

Wednesday had begun the game looking the more dangerous side, Lee Gregory bursting clear in the box but keeper Scott Flinders, an Owls fans as a schoolboy, blocking his effort.

We also forced some early corners but they all came to nothing and we were soon showing worrying signs of hesitancy at the back.

On the eight-minute mark, Bailey Peacock-Farrell misjudged a cross under pressure from Kyle Vassell and the striker hooked the loose ball against the bar, only to be harshly judged to have fouled the keeper

Soon afterwards, Sean Long forced a save out of Peacock-Farrell when left in space and we fell behind on 14 minutes, poor defending from a long throw into the box allowing Vassell to fire home at the far post.

We failed to test Flinders again during the rest of the half, despite forcing nine corners, and our only other chance came when the ball landed at Callum Paterson’s feet but he fired over from six yards, the referee sparing his blushes by blowing up for an earlier foul in the penalty area.

Cheltenham could, and should, have doubled their lead on the hour when they broke clear from a Wednesday attack but Kyle Joseph’s weak chip shot was saved by Peacock-Farrell, with Liam Sercombe also unmarked to Joseph’s right.

We made them pay for the miss five minutes later when Chey Dunkley headed home the equaliser from Barry Bannan’s corner at the far post, also marking his first goal for the club.

That sparked Wednesday’s only real period of pressure in the game, Theo Corbeanu testing Flinders with a 25-yarder and home defender Chris Hussey almost heading Paterson’s long throw into his own goal.

Then, with nine minutes of normal time remaining we were ahead, Florian Kamberi heading on Bannan’s free kick inside the box and defender Blair, son of ex-Owl Andy, nodding the ball into his own net.

We had a reprieve when Christian Norton sent his angled effort inches wide on 88 minutes but the chance to put our dreadful away stat to bed ended just three minutes later when Blair struck that Cheltenham equaliser, also signalling the 10th point we have lost this season from winning positions.

Peacock-Farrell, Hunt (Kamberi 46), Palmer, Dunkley, Johnson, Dele-Bashiru (Berahino 66), Adeniran, Bannan, Shodipo (Corbeanu 56), Paterson, Gregory. Unused subs. Wildsmith, Brown, Wing, Sow.












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