Owls denied victory after 97th minute goal

Wednesday were left gutted after a 97th minute Norwich equaliser denied us all three points at Carrow Road on Friday night.

Having lost Keiren Westwood to injury in the warm-up, we found ourselves a goal down after 19 minutes, Marco Stiepermann shooting past Cameron Dawson from the edge of the box.

It was tough on Wednesday as we had more than held our own against the league leaders in the opening exchanges and we were back on level terms 12 minutes before the break, Fernando Forestieri lashing home an unstoppable 30-yarder past Tim Krul and into the top corner of the net.

Then, eight minutes into the second half, we grabbed the lead as Steven Fletcher scrambled the ball home at the far post – possibly with the help of his hand.

While Norwich pressed for an equaliser they failed to test Dawson and Fletcher and Forestieri both went close with long-range efforts while Barry Bannan and Lucas Joao were unable to make the most of openings on the break.

With the five minutes of added time having elapsed, although Norwich did bring on a third substitute during this period, the home side were then awarded a controversial free kick when Marco Matias lunged into a challenge on Mario Vrancic as the game moved into the 97th minute.

Matias didn’t appear to make contact with the player but the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Vrancic stepped up to curl the ball over the wall and high into the corner of the net to salvage a point for the Canaries.

Wednesday had battled well, more than matching the table-topping opposition on their own patch, and we could count ourselves unfortunate not to take all three points on the night,

The ‘lost two points’ also all but ends our slimmest of play-off hopes, with Wednesday back in 11th spot and now seven points adrift of sixth-placed Middlesbrough with just three games remaining.

Dawson, Iorfa, Lees, Hector, Palmer, Boyd, Hutchinson (Pelupessy 34), Onomah (Bannan 67), Matias, Fletcher, Forestieri (Joao 75).

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