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Saturday, 15 April, 2000, 19:11 GMT 20:11 UK
Owls keep dream alive
Steven Haslem and Gabrielle Ambrosetti
Sheffield Wednesday secured victory with a penalty
Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Chelsea

Sheffield Wednesday continued to prove that where there's hope, there's life and kept alive the chance of staging a footballing miracle.

For Wednesday, it was the first time this season they had won two successive matches in the Premier League, and the seemingly impossible dream of survival refuses to die.

It was a hard fought victory and other results around us have put us in with a great shout

Wednesday boss Peter Shreeves

Wim Jonk's 51st-minute penalty - his first goal since 21 November 21 - was all that separated the sides and the Owls are now just five points adrift of safety.

On the 11th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, fans from both Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea paid their respects and immaculately observed a minute's silence.

On the pitch, Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli made six changes to the side which beat Coventry in midweek, although former Owl Emerson Thome retained his place in the starting line-up.


Wednesday, on the back of their win at Wimbledon, were forced into one switch, with Steven Haslam replacing Ian Nolan due to the Northern Ireland international picking up a hamstring strain.

The Owls made a bright start and Chelsea keeper Ed De Goey was almost in trouble in the 10th minute after chesting down a Celestine Babayaro back pass, only just hooking clear as Booth chased the ball down.
Weah did not get much change from Alexandersson

On the half hour it was Wednesday who again looked set to break the deadlock when Barry Horne, making his home debut, floated a high ball into the area but the rest of the half then petered out.

Vialli made two changes at the start of the second half, with Didier Deschamps and Sam Dalla Bona on for Jody Morris and Dan Petrescu respectively.

The game finally flickered into life in the 50th minute when De Bilde was tripped by De Goey who, while lucky to stay on the pitch, could not do anything about the resulting penaly slotted home by Wim Jonk.

Vialli will hope his side have better luck in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona on Tuesday.

Wednesday's caretaker boss Peter Shreeves said after the match: "It was a hard fought victory and other results around us have put us in with a great shout.

"After two wins the spirits are high and we are showing the qualities required if we are going to stay up.

"I said before today we would need to win four of our last six games to have a chance of staying up.

"That's now become three out of five. I'm not saying it's enough, but if the other teams aren't going to pick up points as they go along then it's a tangible target."


Sheff Wed: Pressman, Haslam, Atherton, Walker, Hinchcliffe, Alexandersson, Jonk, Horne, Quinn, Booth, De Bilde. Subs: Sonner, Sibon, Cresswell, Briscoe, Srnicek.

Chelsea: De Goey, Lambourde, Desailly, Thome, Babayaro, Petrescu, Poyet, Morris, Ambrosetti, Sutton, Weah. Subs: Hogh, Deschamps, Hitchcock, Flo, Dalla Bonna

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