Owls miss chance to boost play-off hopes

Wednesday missed the opportunity to increase our lead over play-off rivals Fulham and to close the gap on Leeds and Reading when we were held to a 1-1 draw at home to lowly Burton.

The Londoners grabbed a last-minute draw at home to Leeds while victory for us would have stretched our lead over Fulham to seven points. Instead, we had to settle for one point to take our total to 62, meaning we remain five clear of the Cottagers who also have a game in hand.

Above us, with Reading and Leeds both drawing their games, we will also look back on the evening in the knowledge that a win would have taken us above Reading on goal difference and to just a point behind Gary Monk’s side.

However, we stay two behind Reading with Leeds a further point clear in fourth. The latter are leapfrogged by Huddersfield who move into third spot, the Terriers also having a game in hand on 68 points after a 1-0 home win over Villa.

Ross Wallace had given us just the start we wanted against Burton, his speculative long-range effort on 16 minutes finding its way past keeper Jon McLaughlin, who really should have saved the shot.

However, Burton were level eight minutes later when Jackson Irvine fired home an excellent equaliser from the edge of the box.

Wednesday dominated the game, having 71 per cent of possession, but we had only five shots out of 19 on target and were left to reflect on a disappointing night after the high of Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Norwich.

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