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Sheffield Wednesday full-time: Millwall 1 Owls 1

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Sheffield Wednesday stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions after a feisty encounter at Millwall.

Giles Coke claimed his first goal of the season to put the Owls in front midway through the second half before they were pegged back by a close range strike from Millwall debutant DJ Campbell.

Coke and Shane Lowry were dismissed following a clash off the ball in the dying minutes.

Owls head coach Stuart Gray shuffled his pack for their trip to Millwall. Chris Kirkland returns in goal at the expense of Arsenal loanee Damian Martinez, who dropped to the substitutes bench. With Joe Mattock serving a one-match ban for his red card at Rochdale last weekend, Miguel Llera was brought back into the defence.

Jeremy Helan and Stephen McPhail have also been handed starts, with Jacques Maghoma and Caolan Lavery omitted from the starting line-up.

It was Millwall who dominated the early skirmishes, with Steve Morison causing Wednesday’s defence all sorts of problems. It took a smart save from Chris Kirkland to foil the Welsh international.

However, the hosts didn’t have it all their own way and Atdhe Nuhiu headed Helan’s teasing cross narrowly over in the 28th minute.

Then Chris Maguire, who grabbed the winner at the New Den last season, fired inches wide after more good work on the left flank by Helan.

Gray made a tactical substitution at the interval, throwing on Lavery for Loovens and switching from a 3-5-2 formation to a 4-4-2 system.

But despite the alteration, Millwall began the second period on the front foot, Morison forcing Kirkland into an acrobatic save.

Lavery nearly made an instant impact as he latched on to a lovely pass from Jose Semedo in the 52nd minute but former Wednesday goalkeeper Stephen Bywater was equal to his strike.

With 21 minutes left, Wednesday broke the deadlock courtesy of substitute Giles Coke. He latched on to Maguire’s clever pass, rounded Bywater and rolled the ball into an unguarded net.

Llera’s header nearly doubled the Owls advantage but he was superbly denied by Bywater.

The Lions equalised in the 80th minute, with substitute DJ Campbell, making his Millwall debut, nodding home after Liam Trotter’s header cannoned off the woodwork.

Coke and Shane Lowry were red carded after squaring up to each other in the latter stages of the contest. The incident sparked a mass brawl between the two sides leading to bookings for Bywater and Nuhiu.

Millwall: Bywater; Fredericks, Shittu, Lowry, Malone; Keogh (Campbell 56), Bailey (Williams 60), Trotter, Woolford, Martin (Feeney 65), Morison. Substitutes: Dunne, Beevers, Marquis, Gerrar.

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Palmer, Loovens (Lavery HT), Onyewu, Llera, Helan, McPhail (Coke 58), Semedo; Lee, Maguire, Nuhiu. Substitutes. Martinez, Maghoma, McCabe, Corry, Stobbs.

 

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