Potter earns Owls a point
A last-gasp Darren Potter equaliser earned Sheffield Wednesday a deserved point at Bristol City.
Last Updated: 25/04/09 6:30pm
A last-gasp Darren Potter equaliser earned Sheffield Wednesday a deserved point against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
The on-loan Wolves midfielder found the net with a curling 20-yard free-kick with two minutes remaining to break Robins' hearts.
Earlier, City went ahead through a fine 25th-minute goal from Lee Johnson, son of City boss Gary.
The home side were marginally the better of the two sides in a tepid opening half, with Johnson's goal the highlight as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Francis Jeffers, after being played in by Leon Clarke, wasted the best of the early offerings, driving low against the body of City keeper Adriano Basso, while Marvin Elliott drilled a long-range effort wide for the Robins.
When the first goal came, it was a strike worthy of any game, with Johnson starting and finishing a move that saw him plunder his third goal of the season.
The midfielder broke the play up in his own half and shifted the ball on to Gavin Williams, who in turn fed Nicky Maynard. With Johnson continuing his run, Maynard threaded a pass through and Johnson swept home beyond Lee Grant from the edge of the area.
Izzy Iriekpen flashed a header over the bar moments later as City pressed for a quickfire second, although Clarke and Marcus Tudgay both passed up chances as Wednesday reminded the Robins of their threat.
But City remained the most dangerous before the break, with Ivan Sproule seeing an effort blocked and his drive on the rebound well saved by Grant.
Wednesday started the second-half with a greater purpose and Clarke was soon forcing Basso into a smart save low to his right with an effort on-the-turn from the edge of the box, while Sean McAllister had a drive deflected wide as the Owls increased their participation in the contest.
Potter also took aim from distance for the visitors, with Clarke then forcing a neat parry from Basso after he beat Liam Fontaine for pace and fired in a shot.
Despite Johnson introducing Dele Adebola, Scott Murray and Lee Trundle - all of whom could be leaving the club at the end of the season - City were unable to find any real energy and when Johnson brought Clarke down with two minutes remaining, Potter swung in the second goal of his loan spell to level matters.
Adebola then warmed Grant's palms with a low strike but it was too little, too late for City.