Wood lifts Owls out of drop zone
Sheffield Wednesday climbed out of the relegation zone thanks to Richard Wood's last-gasp equaliser.
Last Updated: 01/04/08 10:19pm
Sheffield Wednesday climbed out of the Coca-Cola Championship relegation zone thanks to Richard Wood's last-gasp equaliser against Coventry.
Home skipper Wood nodded home in the second minute of added time following Steve Watson's long throw into the box to secure a priceless point against their fellow strugglers.
Zavon Hines looked to have snatched an undeserved victory for Coventry when he took advantage of a defensive blunder from Jermaine Johnson to volley home eight minutes from time, but the Owls hit back at the death.
The point was enough for them to leapfrog Barnsley and Southampton on goal difference and the South Yorkshire club still have a game in hand.
The home side forced two early corners, one of which was headed narrowly wide by Wood.
Pacey winger Julian Gray forged an opportunity to put the visitors in front when he raced down the left flank and played a neat one-two with Michael Mifsud, but failed to get enough power on his shot, which was smothered by Lee Grant.
Wednesday struggled to keep possession but almost took the lead 15 minutes in when on-loan winger Franck Songo'o skipped clear of his marker and cut the ball back to Graham Kavanagh, who dragged a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the penalty area.
The diminutive Mifsud set up his strike partner Robbie Simpson after 28 minutes and the youngster unleashed a vicious right-foot drive that forced the agile Grant to tip the ball wide at full stretch.
Some poor passing from both sides made for an uneventful start to the second half, although Sky Blues defender Duffy went down in the area and appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty, seemingly more in hope than expectation.
The pace and power of Songo'o kept the City defence on their toes and the on-loan Portsmouth man would have been disappointed not to test Kasper Schmeichel with a powerful right-foot drive after a probing run down the right.
Coventry looked content to settle for a point, but, in a rare attack, Jay Tabb forced Grant to tip the ball round the post for a corner.
The Wednesday faithful were becoming more tense by the minute and vented their frustration at the experienced Kavanagh, who wasted several corners.
And the Owls were almost caught on the break when Mifsud raced clear but, with the goal gaping, wasted his chance to end his 14-game scoring drought by cutting inside and inviting a challenge from the retreating Johnson.
But Coventry were in front eight minutes from time when Johnson's poor attempted clearance sat up nicely for Hines, who lashed an unstoppable left-foot volley that left Grant helpless.
Wednesday looked void of ideas and doomed for defeat, but with the final whistle imminent, Watson launched a throw into the box and Wood directed the ball into the far corner to stun the visitors.