Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has made one alteration to his starting line-up for the trip to third-from-bottom Bolton Wanderers.
Sheffield Wednesday extended their unbeaten away record as they drew 0-0 at lowly Bolton Wanderers.
The Owls dominated for long periods and had two shots cleared off the line either side of half-time as they recorded their fifth clean sheet of the campaign.
Wednesday boss Stuart Gray made one alteration to his starting line-up for the trip to Lancashire. With skipper Glenn Loovens serving a one-match suspension having accrued five yellow cards, Kamil Zayatte makes his first Championship start since last November. Zayatte only returned from international duty with Guinea on Thursday.
Keiren Westwood was passed fit to play, having shrugged off tonsillitis, but Sam Hutchinson (back) and Kieran Lee (groin) remain on the sidelines.
New signings Royston Drenthe and Claude Dielna were named on the substitutes bench while Lewis Buxton was also included in the match-day squad.
With Bolton chasing their first win of the campaign, under pressure Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman decided to make six changes. One of the players left out is former Owls youngster Hayden White.
Chris Maguire shrugged off the attentions of Dean Moxey out wide in the second minute before flashing a dangerous centre across goal which narrowly evaded Atdhe Nuhiu in the centre.
It took a great challenge by Tom Lees to stop Mark Davies from breaking clear after good play by Lee Chung-Young as Bolton briefly put Wednesday’s backline under pressure.
However, Gray’s men carried the greater threat, with Stevie May expertly dispatching a left foot volley after a neat downward header by Nuhiu but the Scotland Under-21 international’s strike was ruled out for offside.
Midway through the half, Maguire’s fierce low drive was cleared off the line by Matt Mills and the diminutive forward dragged his follow up shot wide as the Owls continued to monopolise possession and territory.
Moxey was shown the first yellow card of the afternoon after a late tackle on Jose Semedo, who was sent off in this fixture last season.
Seven minutes before the interval, Maguire tried his luck from distance and saw his drive deflect behind for a corner.
Nuhiu, searching for his fifth goal of the campaign, had a penalty appeal waved away after he was floored following a collision with Andrew Lonergan after a dodgy back header by Tim Ream, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role.
Wednesday almost opened the scoring in the 49th minute when Joe Mattock ghosted in unmarked to meet Maguire’s corner but the left-back planted his header into the ground and the ball safely looped over the top.
Bolton registered their first shot on target in the 55th minute as Jay Spearing fired straight at Keiren Westwood after Lees superbly denied Mark Davies.
Gray threw on Drenthe just after the hour mark, taking off Maguire, as the Owls piled on the pressure in search of the opener.
It took a smart stop at his near post by Lonergan to thwart Nuhiu after a quick counter attack involving Maghoma.
Bolton hauled off Mark Davies and Owen Garvan as the hosts looked for inspiration. Nonetheless, it was the visitors who kept on creating the majority of the chances and May cut inside on to his right foot and unleashed a right foot piledriver which drifted agonisingly off target.
Coke lashed a shot inches wide in the 78th minute after more Owls pressure. The midfielder then drilled over after being fed by Maghoma.
Bolton struggled to get of their own half in the latter stages and were hanging on as May and Drenthe failed to call Lonergan into action.
Late on, Moxey cleared Lees’ downward header from Drenthe’s corner off the line to leave Wednesday frustrated.
Bolton: Lonergan, Dervite, Mills, Ream, Moxey, Spearing, Garvan, Chung-Yong, M Davies, Feeney, Mason. Substitutes: Fitzsimons, Hughes, Pratley, Medo, Danns, Beckford, C Davies
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Lees, Zayatte, Mattock; Maguire, Semedo, Coke, Maghoma; Nuhiu, May. Substitutes: Kirkland, Buxton, Drenthe, McCabe, Helan, Madine, Dielna.
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)
Attendance: 15,799 (3,023)