- English Football League - Championship
- Saturday, April 17th 2021
James Crawley reports from Hillsborough
Report: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Bristol City
Saturday, April 17th 2021
Tyreeq Bakinson produced a late contender for goal of the season to earn ten-men City a point at Hillsborough.
His long-range drilled shot curled away from Keiren Westwood to secure the 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, who had taken a fourth-minute lead through Julian Börner.
City played the majority of the match with ten men after Henri Lansbury’s controversial red card, after he was wrongly judged to have handled the ball to deny a goal. Replays later showed the ball clipped the crossbar instead of his hand which was raised.
Barry Bannan’s resulting penalty was crucially saved by Dan Bentley, while Liam Palmer hit the upright as the Owls dominated the chances.
The Robins continued to be up against it but Han-Noah Massengo’s performance was inspired as the visitors battled on before Bakinson’s late goal secured a point.
Nigel Pearson named three changes from the side which held Nottingham Forest to a point a week ago, one in each outfield section of the pitch. Jack Hunt returned to his old stomping ground to replace Danny Simpson in defence, while Tyreeq Bakinson stepped in for Kasey Palmer in midfield and Famara Diédhiou led the attack as Nahki Wells moved to the bench. Sam Pearson kept his place in the starting XI, meanwhile Saikou Janneh earned a spot on the bench alongside Tommy Conway.
But things didn’t go to plan for those starting as the Owls took the lead as quickly as the fourth minute. It came from a corner as Josh Windass guided Bannan’s delivery back into the danger area where Börner was alert to steer the ball into the net.
Diédhiou saw a shot beaten away by Westwood as City looked for a fast response but unfortunately for the away side, it wouldn’t come.
Things went from bad to worse when Lansbury received his marching orders for handball. Referee Tony Harrington felt the midfielder used his hand to push the ball over his own crossbar after a Callum Paterson shot but replays confirmed the ball struck the bar only. However, City were reduced to ten men and Bentley would face a Bannan penalty just after 20 minutes of play.
Justice would be served though as Bentley produced the heroics to deny the Owls captain from 12 yards, diving well to his right and gathering the ball at the second attempt.
With the extra man, the hosts would dominate and Bannan shot wide after a meandering run, while the upright denied Palmer as he stretched to meet the ball at the far post.
City would have one final chance before the break as Pearson broke the lines but he was through on goal at a tight angle with no support and could only shoot straight at Westwood.
Wednesday would hold on to their advantage at the break though, with Windass’ looping header landing on the roof of the net as he missed the chance to extend their lead before the half-time whistle.
It would be a big second-half performance required from the Robins and with a little over ten minutes played, the manager looked for a triple change. He handed Saikou Janneh his debut who put in a bright display, while Steven Sessegnon and Nahki Wells added more fresh legs as Wales Under-21 winger Pearson, Diédhiou and Antoine Semenyo all departed.
And they relied on Bentley again as the Owls looked for a second goal and Kadeem Harris had the opportunity to do so when Adam Reach’s cross found its way to him at the far post but City’s goalkeeper was quick to close down the angle and block the shot.
Bakinson struck over in another sight of goal for City but it was from distance and never troubled the Owls keeper, while another mazy run from Bannan at the other end resulted in another effort wide of the far post – similar to his first-half attempt.
Ádám Nagy later replaced Hunt as the game entered its final stages and with just minutes remaining it was his midfield partner Bakinson who pulled the Robins level. Steven Sessegnon cut inside from the right and fed Bakinson in the middle, who turned away from his marker before drilling a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.
City’s travels continues in midweek when they face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park Stadium, live on Robins TV (April 21st, 7pm KO).
- Börner (4')
- Sam Hutchinson, Kadeem Harris, Callum Paterson
- Bakinson (87')
- Jack Hunt, Sam Pearson, Han-Noah Massengo, Antoine Semenyo, Famara Diédhiou