Sheffield Wednesday battled back from a goal down to clinch a 1-1 draw at Barnsley in their final pre-season friendly this afternoon.
Kieran Lee, fit-again following a groin problem, cancelled out Danny Rose’s 30th minute opener.
Tom Lees made his first Owls appearance after arriving from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee earlier this week. He was solid throughout.
For Barnsley, Joe Dudgeon and Luke Berry were given their maiden outings since joining from Hull City and Cambridge United respectively.
Wednesday missed a great opportunity in the fifth minute to open the scoring through Rhys McCabe, who blazed over the top after latching on to Chris Maguire’s clever reverse pass.
However, Barnsley registered the first shot on target in the ninth minute as Sam Winnall, one of Danny Wilson’s nine summer signings, unleashed a low right foot shot from just outside the penalty area which was comfortably gathered by Keiren Westwood at the first time of asking.
Brad Abbott, a late replacement for James Bailey, fired straight at Westwood while McCabe’s speculative effort drifted harmlessly wide at the other end.
The South Yorkshire derby badly needed a goal to liven things up and Rose duly delivered on the half hour mark, turning in Conor Hourihane’s lovely free kick.
It took Wednesday until the 39th minute to force Owls old boy Adam Davies into a stop. He tipped over Maguire’s dipping free kick after Martin Cranie hauled down Gary Madine.
Barnsley made a bright start after the re-start and almost doubled their advantage but Hourihane drilled a left foot shot narrowly over after neat play out wide by the lively Winnall.
Lee made them pay for that miss as the midfielder coolly sidefooted home after Davies spilled Madine’s fierce attempt.
After weathering the storm, Rose should have grabbed his and Barnsley’s second of the contest when he jumped highest inside the six yard box to meet Dugeon’s cross with a firm header which he sent agonisingly off target.
Wednesday continue to ask questions of Barnsley’s defence in a much improved second half showing. Maguire raced on to Rafa Floro’s long ball, beating the off-side trap before forcing Davies into a smart stop.
But they didn’t have it all their own way and Hourihane curled wide after Zayatte was adjudged to have impeded Winnall.
With 12 minutes remaining, Winnall was twice foiled. The former Scunthorpe United forward saw his left foot strike hacked off the line and then Westwood kept out his follow up.
The Owls failed to break down Barnsley’s back four for a second time, with substitute Atdhe Nuhiu nodding over Floro’s teasing delivery.
Barnsley: Davies, Brown, Nyatanga, Cranie, Dudgeon (M’voto 70); Jennings (Noble-Lazarus 64) Abbott, Hourihane (McHale 86), Berry (Digby 64); Winnall, Rose (Boakye-Yiadom 79). Substitutes: Dibble, McKnight.
Wednesday: Westwood; Young, Zayatte, Lees, Floro; McCabe, Corry, Lee, Maghoma (Nuhiu 64), Maguire (Croasdale 79), Madine (Dieseruvwe 72). Substitutes: Kirkland, Palmer, Coke, Loovens, Mattock, Antonio, Hutchinson, Wildsmith.