Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 MK Dons: 10-man Wednesday draw with Dons
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 19/04/16 10:54pm
Ross Wallace saw red as tempers flared during Sheffield Wednesday's goalless draw with MK Dons at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening.
Daniel Pudil had the first chance of the game, striking a volley wide of debutant goalkeeper Charlie Burns' right-hand post from the edge of the box.
The visitors responded and, after some lapse defending from Jack Hunt, defender Jordan Spence found himself through on goal but Wednesday keeper Kieren Westwood parried away his weak shot with ease.
In the 23rd minute, Wallace tested the keeper from 25 yards and, just minutes later, a mix-up between Dean Lewington and Darren Potter almost led to a comical own goal.
Wallace should have done better in the 29th minute after good approach play by Alex Lopez but his shot from inside the box was easily saved by Burns.
Then, in the 32nd minute, Barry Bannan spurned the best opportunity of the half, lifting the ball over the bar from inside the box after a drilled cross from the left-hand side by Pudil.
Pudil was again involved on the stroke of half-time as his curling effort struck the frame of the goal with Burns well beaten.
Wednesday started the second half better and Pudil was involved again, flashing the ball across the six-yard box after a neat reverse pass by Fernando Forestieri.
In the 50th minute, a whipped cross from the left-hand side by Pudil was headed over the bar from close range by substitute Atdhe Nuhiu.
Nuhiu came even closer five minutes later as he headed against the post from a Forestieri free-kick and, in the 58th minute, he headed over a Wallace cross with the goal gaping.
Wednesday continued to attack and in the 60th minute, Glenn Loovens headed a Wallace corner wide of the goal. Forestieri then twisted and turned inside the box before forcing a reaction save from Burns at his near post.
Great footwork by Nuhiu in the 65th minute set Forestieri on his way to goal but again 19-year-old Burns was equal to the shot at his near post.
Pudil was a constant threat and his cross in the 69th minute fell into the path of Nuhiu, but he was unable to finish as MK Dons threw bodies in the way of the ball. Pudil then hit the bar with a stabbed effort from Wallace's in-swinging corner.
In the 75th minute, Forestieri teed himself up for a half-volley on the edge of the box but his effort went just wide of the post.
Tempers flared in the 83rd minute as Wallace was given a straight red card by referee Darren Handley for an off-the-ball incident with Jonny Williams.
In stoppage time, Wednesday hit the frame of the goal for the fourth time in the game as Bannan's free-kick cannoned off the bar.