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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 April, 2003, 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK
Sheffield Wed 4-2 Wimbledon

Sheffield Wednesday won a see-saw encounter with Wimbledon to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation to Division Two.

Wednesday looked to be coasting when Lloyd Owusu made the scoreline 2-0 after 48 minutes.

But Wimbledon restored parity before the home side grabbed three valuable points with two late goals.

The Owls began the match positively, Alan Quinn forcing a good save from Kelvin Davis with a curling 25-yard free kick.

Wednesday continued to press forward and Darren Holloway, Peter Hawkins and Neil Shipperley all made timely clearances.

Wimbledon absorbed Wednesday's pressure and almost hit the opposition on the break, David Connolly forcing Kevin Pressman into action.

Wednesday's pressure finally told five minutes before the half-time when Michael Reddy collected Lee Bradbury's pass and drilled the ball home.

Shortly after half-time Owusu seized on an error by Wimbledon keeper Kelvin Davis to bundle the ball home for Wednesday's second.

But Wimbledon bounced back, Nigel Reo-Coker slipping the ball through to David Connolly, who slotted home for his 20th goal of the season.

Patrick Agyemang scored Wimbledon's equaliser from short range a minute later.

But Wednesday were not to be denied.

Owusu, after having one header saved, became Wednesday's hero in the 72nd minute when he met Reddy's cross from the right and headed home for his second goal of the game.

Wednesday restored their two-goal advantage 15 minutes from time when Owusu headed down into the path of Bradbury, who steered the ball home.

Sheffield Wednesday: Pressman, Westwood, Smith, Maddix, Barry-Murphy, Reddy, McLaren, Richard Evans, Quinn, Bradbury, Owusu. Subs: Stringer, Bromby, Kuqi, Haslam, Holt.

Wimbledon: Davis, Gier, Andersen, Holloway, Hawkins, Chorley, Tapp, Reo-Coker, Agyemang, Shipperley, Connolly. Subs: Gore, Nowland, Gray, Herzig, Lewington.

Referee: M Cooper (West Midlands)

Chris Turner
"It was a real test of character and the commitment of the players"



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