Report: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Bristol City
Saturday, November 18th 2017
City extended their unbeaten run to five matches after a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Bobby Reid, Aden Flint and Milan Djuric had City’s best opportunities but Lee Johnson’s squad were unable to take all three points in South Yorkshire.
The home side had two penalty appeals dismissed in a game of limited clear-cut chances, with the hosts failing to register a single shot on target.
Head coach Johnson made just one change to the side that beat Cardiff City prior to the international fixtures, with former Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor handed a league start ahead of Bosnian international Djuric.
Fresh from international duty, winger Callum O’Dowda and left-back Hordur Magnusson were also placed back into the starting XI, with World Cup-bound Bailey Wright serving the second of his two-match suspension.
A promising start
It was an encouraging start from City and Flint’s overhead kick in the penalty area rolled wide, as the defender went in search of his fifth goal of the season.
Taylor then sprayed a pass wide to O’Dowda, who cut in from the right and sent a curling effort just over the bar from an angle.
Rob Wallace threatened for the hosts, firstly robbing Reid of the ball inside the City half and firing off target from the edge of the box.
The Owls had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Jordan Rhodes took a tumble under pressure from Magnusson but referee Tony Harrington was not interested one bit. Striker Hooper then headed over Frank Fielding’s goal before the visitors from BS3 hit back with pressure of their own.
Reid had the best chance of the first half but he could only aim a tame header straight at Sheffield Wednesday keeper Keiren Westwood. Brownhill chipped another pass his way as half-time loomed but City’s top scorer again couldn’t get enough power on his shot and the ball was hooked out of the six-yard box.
The second half didn’t have a great deal to shout about until impost 20 minutes, when Brownhill fizzed a shot just wide of Westwood’s goal, while at the other end, Rhodes glanced a header wide from a corner.
Djuric entered the fray and had a great chance to open the scoring, but his low shot was well saved by Westwood and another Flint overhead kick again trickled wide.
Second penalty appeal
The home side had another penalty appeal waived away after Barry Bannan went down under pressure from Magnusson. The referee signalled play on and City raced up other end where Reid dragged an effort wide.
Owls sub Steven Fletcher then had a shot blocked by Flint, before the veteran striker headed over the bar.
Neither side were able to snatch a winner but extended their respective unbeaten runs. City have not lost since hosting Leeds United and remain fourth in the Sky Bet Championship.
City return to Ashton Gate on Tuesday night (7.45pm) for the visit of Preston North End.