Saturday 14 March 2015, 3:00pm at Hillsborough, Sheffield
Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday
1
May 55'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Matt Smith 75'

55' Goal

Stevie May
Assist by Lewis McGugan

58' Yellow Card

Marnick Vermijl Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Kieran Lee Card was given for a foul

29' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Marnick Vermijl
Off:Liam Palmer

42' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Stevie May
Off:Will Keane

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jacques Maghoma
Off:Kieran Lee

75' Goal

Matt Smith
Assist by Ryan Tunnicliffe

78' Yellow Card

Michael Turner Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Tim Hoogland

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seko Fofana
Off:Sean Kavanagh

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Matt Smith scored his second goal in as many games as Fulham fought back to earn a draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Matt Smith scored his second goal in as many games as Fulham fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

After a poor first half in which substitute Stevie May missed the best opportunity, the Owls took the lead in the 55th minute. May met Lewis McGugan’s cross and sent a header beyond Marcus Bettinelli and into the far corner.

But Fulham hauled themselves level with 15 minutes left, the impressive Ryan Tunnicliffe doing brilliantly to scoop the ball up while lying on the ground and into the path of Smith who couldn’t miss from close range.

Smith could have won it for the Whites but Keiren Westwood saved at his feet and although Fulham finished the match the better side, a draw was probably a fair result.

Kit Symons made four changes to the team that lost 5-1 at home to AFC Bournemouth last weekend. Michael Turner came in for his debut at centre-back, with Nikolay Bodurov dropping to the bench. Jazz Richards and Kostas Stafylidis were chosen at full-back, with Smith starting up front. Tim Hoogland was deployed on the right of a flat midfield four.

The first sign of the Smith and Ross McCormack partnership came in the second minute. Smith won a flick-on for McCormack to race onto down the left. He played in Sean Kavanagh whose cross was too deep and was cleared to safety. At the other end Chris Maguire fired a half-volley well wide.

On a pitch that resembled more of a beach, Fulham had a chance to break in the 20th minute but McCormack opted to shoot from 40 yards after spotting Westwood off his line and his effort sailed well wide. Maguire then tested Bettinelli from just outside the box for the Owls, with the Fulham man getting down to his right to parry the ball away.

Hoogland almost sent McCormack clear moments later, but Claude Dielna just beat the Scotsman to the throughball. Play was then held up for around four minutes after Liam Palmer needed treatment. He eventually left the action on a stretcher and was replaced by Marnick Vermijl.

The loudest cheer of the first half came during a break in play when the scoreboard flashed up the news that Wednesday’s local rivals Sheffield United were losing at Scunthorpe United.

The Owls were forced into a second change in the 42nd minute as the injured Will Keane came off for May. A deep free-kick almost led to a Fulham chance when Smith headed it back across goal but Tom Lees put it behind before Turner, playing in an unnumbered shirt due to a bloody nose, could pounce.

At the other end, Stafylidis cleared a May flick from near the line and, as six minutes of additional time at the end of the half were announced, the same Wednesday player then missed a sitter. The towering Atdhe Nuhiu nodded a cross down to him but the ponytailed striker hit his shot weakly from eight yards into the grateful arms of Bettinelli. In a frenzied end to what had been a somewhat dour opening 45 minutes, Maguire then skinned Kavanagh down the right and got to the byline but overhit his cross and the danger was averted.

May saw a shot turned behind by Richards in the 53rd minute but he found the net soon after when the resulting corner by McGugan was only cleared back out to the Wednesday man by the Fulham defence. This time his cross was met by May who sent a glancing header into the far corner from six yards.

Richards did well to clear from close to the line after a Nuhiu header caused a goalmouth scramble soon after, before Vermijl picked up the first booking of the afternoon for a trip on McCormack as Fulham looked to break.

Wednesday were well on top. On the hour mark, Vermijl skipped past a couple of Fulham players and let fly from distance with Bettinelli tipping his shot around the post. Lees met the corner with a firm header that went straight at Bettinelli.

Fulham were getting chances to break, only to be let down by their final ball. As the clock ticked into the 65th minute, Westwood still hadn’t been tested. A Hoogland drive from Smith’s knock-down was going towards goal in the 67th minute but Dielna threw himself in front it.

The Whites made a double change in the 68th minute. Hoogland was replaced by Cauley Woodrow and Kavanagh made way for Seko Fofana.

And Fulham were level in the 75th minute. Woodrow collected the ball on the left and slipped it inside to Tunnicliffe. He appeared to be clipped in the box but the referee waved play on and while still grounded Tunnicliffe managed to hook the ball across to Smith to score from close range.

Westwood then pushed away a dangerous cross from McCormack as he got in down the left, before Turner was booked for a foul on McGugan.

Smith looked set to grab his second in the 80th minute as he latched onto Parker’s throughball but Westwood came out to save at the big forward’s feet. Stafylidis sent the rebound high over the bar.

McCormack sent a free-kick fizzing just over with six minutes left and it was all Fulham in the dying moments. McCormack saw a shot blocked after quick feet by Fofana teed him up and Smith fired straight at Westwood when Woodrow was free in what was the final action of the game.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 14 March 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Hillsborough, Sheffield
Attendance: 22,182

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Sheffield Wednesday

Line-up: Westwood; Palmer (Vermijl 29'), Lees, Dielna, Helan; Maguire, McGugan, Hutchinson, Lee (Maghoma 90'); Nuhiu, Will Keane (May 42')

Unused substitutes: Kirkland, Buxton, Mattock, Filipe Melo

Manager: Stuart Gray

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Richards, Hutchinson, Turner, Stafylidis; Hoogland (Woodrow 69'), Parker, Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh (Fofana 70'); Matt Smith, McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Bodurov, Grimmer, Roberts, Rodallega

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 37 69
2 Watford 37 69
3 Middlesbrough 37 69
4 Derby County 37 67
5 Norwich City 37 66
6 Brentford 37 62
7 Ipswich Town 37 61
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 59
9 Nottingham Forest 37 54
10 Blackburn Rovers 37 54
11 Sheffield Wednesday 37 50
12 Charlton Athletic 37 48
13 Leeds United 37 48
14 Cardiff City 37 47
15 Birmingham City 37 47
16 Bolton Wanderers 37 44
17 Reading 37 44
18 Huddersfield Town 37 43
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 37 41
20 Fulham 37 40
21 Rotherham United 37 40
22 Wigan Athletic 37 34
23 Millwall 37 31
24 Blackpool 37 22
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
14
11
Shots On Target
5
4
Passing Accuracy
72%
68%
Fouls
17
12
Corners
5
1
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2)
  • 1Keiren Westwood
  • 8Liam Palmer
  • 15Tom Lees
  • 35Claude Dielna
  • 17Jeremy Helan
  • 10Chris Maguire
  • 37Lewis McGugan
  • 4Sam Hutchinson
  • 20Kieran Lee
  • 9Atdhe Nuhiu
  • 48Will Keane
Substitutes
  • 43Chris Kirkland
  • 2Lewis Buxton
  • 3Joe Mattock
  • 36Marnick Vermijl
  • 19Jacques Maghoma
  • 33Filipe Melo
  • 7Stevie May
Manager
  • Stuart Gray
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 29Ashley Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 18Michael Turner
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seko Fofana.
  • 90'+1' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma replaces Kieran Lee.
  • 89' Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 89' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 88' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 84' Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 84' Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 83' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 81' Delay in match Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker with a through ball.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 78' Michael Turner (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 78' Foul by Michael Turner (Fulham).
  • 78' Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 75' Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 1. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 73' Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).
  • 72' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ashley Richards.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.
  • 71' Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 71' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.
  • 70' Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Sean Kavanagh.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Tim Hoogland.
  • 69' Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 66' Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 66' Ashley Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 64' Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 64' Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 64' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 62' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross.
  • 61' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.
  • 60' Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 59' Foul by Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 59' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 58' Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 58' Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 58' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 57' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 56' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.
  • 54' Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Fulham 0. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis McGugan with a cross following a corner.
  • 54' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ashley Richards.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee.
  • 50' Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Stevie May is caught offside.
  • 47' Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 47' Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+7' First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+4' Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 45'+4' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 45'+4' Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+3' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45'+2' Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.
  • 45' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 45' Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Lees.
  • 42' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Stevie May replaces Will Keane because of an injury.
  • 41' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 40' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 38' Delay in match Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
  • 36' Michael Turner (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 33' Offside, Fulham. Tim Hoogland tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith.
  • 33' Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 33' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 31' Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 31' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 29' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 29' Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Marnick Vermijl replaces Liam Palmer because of an injury.
  • 25' Delay in match Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
  • 23' Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 23' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis McGugan.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 19' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 19' Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 17' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 17' Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 15' Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 10' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 10' Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 6' Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 6' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 2' Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.
  • 1' Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).
  • 1' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.