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Saturday, 8 January, 2000, 18:35 GMT
Wolves given second chance

Alexandersson and Naylor Wednesday's Alexandersson and Naylor of Wolves crash to the turf

Sheff Wed 1-1 Wolves

A controversial equaliser from Steve Sedgley earned First Division Wolves an FA Cup fourth round replay at Molineux.

Premiership strugglers Sheffield Wednesday looked to be heading through until referee Graham Barber decided that Sedgley's 68th minute header had crossed the goal-line.

Match facts
9: Alexandersson puts Wednesday ahead
68: Sedgley's header is judged to have crossed the line
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The home fans, who believed Niclas Alexandersson's goal had at last changed their team's flagging fortunes, were furious with the decision and Barber was booed from the pitch at the final whistle.

On the run of play, though, Wolves did enough to be given another chance at completing the job.

In a largely dull match that was only illuminated by the second-half controversy, the visitors proved the gap between the bottom of the Premiership and Division One is negligible.

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Wednesday made the more encouraging start and they went ahead after just nine minutes.

Wolves celebrate their controversial equaliser
Dutch midfielder Wim Jonk caught Wolves' defence on the hop as he swept a cross to the far post, where Peter Atherton guided the ball into the path of Alexandersson.

The Swede turned sharply to blast a half-volley past keeper Michael Oakes from eight yards out.

Wednesday were good value for their lead and they continued to dominate the first half, without ever threatening to extend their lead.

Wolves were a different proposition after the break, though, and took the game to Wednesday.

Still there were few clear-cut chances, though, save for Lee Naylor's 20-yard free-kick, which just cleared the bar.

But the equaliser arrived in the 68th minute when Darren Bazeley sent over a cross and a number of Wolves players went for the ball.

Former Spurs star Sedgley had the most determination and he thumped a header against the inside of the post.

Wednesday goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek reacted quickly to palm the ball away - but just when it looked as though the home side had survived, referee Barber consulted with his assistant and ruled the ball had crossed the line.


Sheff Wed: Srnicek, Nolan, Atherton, Walker, Hinchcliffe, Alexandersson, Sonner, Jonk, Haslam, Sibon, De Bilde. Subs: Pressman, Cresswell, Scott, Donnelly, Staniforth.

Wolverhampton: Oakes, Muscat, Pollet, Curle, Naylor, Bazeley, Emblen, Sedgley, Sinton, Branch, Akinbiyi. Subs: Stowell, Simpson, Flo, Corica, Shay.

Referee: G Barber (Tring, Herts)

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