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Sheffield Wednesday v Albion from Hillsborough
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- SHEFF WED 1 ALBION 0
- SECOND HALF IN PROGRESS
- Best on target (90)
- Rodriguez hits the bar
- Ulloa ruled out through illness
- Wednesday make two changes
- Full coverage in The Argus tomorrow
Ince was booked deep in added time as Albion looked to pass their way out of trouble.
Final: Wednesday 1 Albion 0
Albion had a bright spell but LuaLua's corner failed to beat the first defender.
Then there was heartbrak for Albion as Bruno's poor first touch let in the hosts.
BEST took the ball wide and rolled a shot across Kuszcaak - and just inside the far post.
Albion sent on March for Buckley
Suddenly Maguire got Afobe straight through the defence. The sub bore down on goal but Kuszczak stood strong to block his volley - and Palmer curled the rebound just over.
Albion sent on LuaLua for Rodriguez.
Albion got Rodriguez away from the offisde trap but Kirkland came out of his area and just got there to clear.
Then there were penalty claims from the visitors as Andrews went down in the box - but play was waved on.
Wednesday sent on Afobe for Helan.
A first-time pass by Andrews, volleyed with his right instep, sent Lingard away down the left. Rodriguez got up in support but Lingard opted to cut inside and his low right-foot shot was straight at Kirkland, who held it.
Wednesday's fans - and their famous band - tried to lift their side and Upson had to head away two crosses in quick succession.
Then Albion's neat passing created a golden chance. Forster-Caskey sent Buckley through but he was denied in the one-on-one by Kirkland.
Good ball-winning by Ince gave Lingard a chance to break away down the right. But his low ball in was cut out before it could reach Rodriguez.
Albion dealt with a corner needlessly conceded by Ward, then saw Helan shoot way over as Wednesday made a fairly bright start to the seocnd half.
Lingard won a flag kick at the other end but Ince's flick seemed to take the ball away from his colleagues.
Wednesday sent on Coke for Hutchinson for the second half.
Buxton went arguably the closest yet for the Owls on 45 minutes when his miscued cross only just cleared the crossbar with Kuszczak back-pedalling, although he seemed to have it covered.
Half: Wednesday 0 Albion 0
Then Buckley produced great skill to outwit Mattock near the corner flag and chip up a cross which just eluded Rodriguez in the middle.
Albion's first on-target effort - and indeed the first of the contest - was a 25-yard free-kick by Forster-Caskey into the wall..
Bruno went long out of defence with a pass into the path of Lingard, now popping up in the inside right channel. Kirlkland spotted real danger and came out to jus beat the striker to the ball and kick it out of play.
Wednesday won a couple of midfield tussles to spark an attack. But it ended tamely as Hutchinson's curler sailed way over the bar - and was probably drifting wide as well.
Then Lingard slid in Forster-Caskey down the lelft but his cutback from the byline aimed for Rodriguez was cut out.
Albion's movement and pace in attack were causing their hosts problems.
Albion had a great opening when Mattock's slip let in Buckley down the right.
He cut in and closed in goal with options to shoot or cross.
Buckley looked to roll the ball across goal for a colleague but Loovens slid in to intercept.
Wednesday replied with a cross which Greer headed away in front of goal before Helan volleyed the loose ball across goal and past the far post.
Ince's superb angeld ball sent Buckley away to win a corner off Mattock - and the flag kick so nearly brought them the lead.
Forster-Caskey curled the ball in and Rodriguez rose well but his header hit the bar.
Albion would have to keep the ball on the deck in attack. Bruno sent Lingard away down the right and he combined with Buckley before Forster-Caskey fired over from just outside the box.
Lingard had started the game as the central striker with Rodriguez to the left.
The Spaniard wasted a counter attack chance when he tried a shot from 40 yards as Lingard demanded a through ball.
Rodriguez's effort bounced 20 yards wide to the derision of fans in the Kop behind that goal.
Albion had the first free-kick, when Lingard was fouled, but Forster-Caskey swung his delivery straight into the arms of Kirkland.
Wednesday posed more threat as they countered and a dangerous cross was just too high for Best in front of goal.
This time a year ago Albion had never won at the Riverside, the DW, the Keepmoat or the Reebok.
They are off at the mark at all those new stadia now.
In fact they have won twice at the Riverside.
So can they end the biggest hoodoo of them all? And without top scorer Leo Ulloa!
The teams are out. Here we go...
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