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Saturday, October 23, 1999 Published at 18:47 GMT


Goalless draw leaves Owls struggling

Wednesday did everything but score

Sheff Wed 0-0 Coventry

Sheffield Wednesday remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership after failing to convert pressure into points at rain-swept Hillsborough.


The BBC's David Oates: "Coventry could have nicked it at the death"
Coventry's Swedish keeper Magnus Hedman was their man of the match as he earnt his side an away point with a succession of stops.

He made brilliant blocks from Gilles De Bilde and his international team-mate Niclas Alexandersson as the under-fire Owls produced a performance that belied their lowly league position.

Boss Danny Wilson will at least be pleased with the performance if not the result.

Still without a replacement for departed striker Benito Carbone, Wednesday's lack of finishing proved their undoing.

Belgian striker De Bilde was the main culprit, denied twice by excellent saves from Hedman.

On the one occassion when Hedman appeared beaten, Alexandersson sent his half-volley over the bar.

Danny Sonner put his diving header over the bar and - as did Andy Booth.

When Coventry did break forward, Moroccan Mustapha Hadji and Gary McAllister caused problems for the Owls back four.

Hadji almost put the Sky Blues ahead when he latched on to Robbie Keane's lay-off on the edge of the box but he sent his rising drive crashing against the bar.

Pavel Srnicek, who kept his place ahead of Kevin Pressman despite his blunder which gifted Leeds victory at Elland Road last week, was rarely called into action.

But he was almost embarrassed again when he two attempts to clutch onto Steve Froggatt's cross/shot.

Coventry became increasingly dependant on the heroics of Hedman, who twice saved his side in the dying minutes.

Sonner's ball over the top was controlled by Alexandersson on the edge of the six-yard box and Shaw's slip left him with only Hedman to beat, but the keeper denied his Sweden team-mate.

Then in the 89th minute Alexandersson's low drive seemed destined for the bottom corner until Hedman pushed the ball wide.

Wednesday win another point but until they begin winning games such as this, Wilson knows relegation is a worrying prospect.

Teams:

Sheff Wed: Srnicek, Atherton, Hinchcliffe, Jonk, Thome, Walker, Sonner, Booth, Rudi, Alexandersson, De Bilde.
Subs: Pressman, Sibon, Cresswell, Nolan, Briscoe.

Coventry: Hedman, Williams, Shaw, Keane, McAllister, Hadji, Telfer, Palmer, Froggatt, Chippo, Hall.
Subs: Konjic, Strachan, Nuzzo, Eustace, Roussel.

Referee: M Riley (Leeds)



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