sheffield WEDNESDAY came from one down to record their third successive away win - second goals for the club for Chris Line and Ryan Lowe doing the trick at Tranmere Rovers.
Wednesday were almost stunned by an early goal. A mistake by Johnson meant the ball rolled to Baxter, around 30 yards out. He showed quick thinking in hitting a first time shot that dipped over Bywater, just clearing the bar.
Tranmere must have known what a threat the skills of Marshall could be and midfielder and captain John Welsh wasted little time in downing the winger and earning a booking while the winger received treatment.
Wednesday defended solidly after a couple of corners and a free kick were forced by the hosts. Home fans thought a break through had been made in the 30th minute, but centre back Taylor was flagged offside when he headed home a cross from Jose Baxter.
The first real threat from Wednesday did not come until the 36th minute and it was a good move. O’Connor played the ball up with O’Grady passing it in to Lines, who shot from the edge of the box but it was straight at the keeper.
Two minutes later, the Owls found themselves a goal down. BAXTER who was playing just behind Tiryaki had shown glimpses of his skill, cleverly deceived Lines on the edge of the box and then struck a measured, low shot but Wednesday seemed a shade unfortunate as the ball appeared to take a deflection before finding the bottom left hand corner of Bywater’s goal.
Tranmere players were angered when Weir was hurt by a tackle from O’Connor but like an earlier one from Johnson, the challenge was perfectly fair and no free kick was given.
The Owls won a throw in which was hurled into the box in typical fashion by Marshall from the left hand side.
When it was headed out towards LINES on the edge of the box, the midfieler struck a low volley in to the keepers bottom left hand corner. Lines had not scored for Wednesday before last Sunday, but had netted in two successive games, in the first minute of stoppage time to bring the visitors level.
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Wednesday unexpectedly started the second half with Ryan Lowe replacing Gary Madine up front. They soon seized the initiative and had their fans in fine voice as the team attacked the end which the Wednesday fans were massed upon.
Lines was not far away with a 25 yard shot that dipped just over the bar - an effort which resulted from a great cross field ball by Marshall.
Following a corner by Marshall, Williams caught a header from Batth.
Palmer was playing right back but looked like an attacking midfielder when he made a superb run in the inside right position and powered a shot just wide from 25 yards.
O’Connor played a low ball a fraction too far behind O’Grady, who was well placed in the box. The Owls had raised the tempo and were going at Tranmere with an urgency. Tranmere came under pressure and when Weir unfairly halted Palmer he was booked.
Palmer produced another splendid run down the right to deliver a low ball to the near post, where Lowe got a touch. He was once again denied by Goodison for a corner.
The pressure was back on the home side and Wednesday made it count in the 80th minute.
Marshall, whose runs and crosses had been a threat to Tranmere throughout the second half, delivered a high ball from the right.
Jones, at the far post, knocked it back across goal and LOWE headed home for his second goal for the club and put the Wednesday fans in even louder voice though they had urged on their team in tremendous fashion right through the game.
Marshall was replaced by Bennett in the 87th minute with Megson apparently wanting to lock up the points rather than become too adventurous coming forward and leave themselves open at the back in the closing minutes.
In a counter attack at the beginning of four extra minutes, Wednesday had three against three, Semedo found Lowe and when the ball ran to Bennett, the left back curled a shot inches over the bar.
Tranmere keeper Williams then joined the attack as he ran forward for a corner but with everyone in their box, the Owls held firm and moved up to third in the table with the win.