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Monday, March 13, 2006

Further Sheff Wed/QPR Match Report

Telegraph Waddock's relief reflects one-siderBy Ron Gubba
Sheffield Wednesday (1) 1 Queens Park Rangers (1) 1
When Gary Waddock was asked if he was happy to have taken a point from Saturday's match at Hillsborough, the incredulous look on his face told its own story.
The Queens Park Rangers manager clearly felt that his team had just pulled off one of the biggest robberies of the season. "Considering the way that they battered us, I'm delighted," he said.
Remarkably, Sheffield Wednesday were collecting their first point in five matches. Such was their domination that goalkeeper Scott Carson and central defender Mikkel Bischoff, making their debuts on loan from Liverpool and Manchester City respectively, had the quietest of introductions.
However, after Glenn Whelan's clever chip had enabled Deon Burton to give them a 13th-minute lead Wednesday failed to capitalise, and Whelan conceded a needless free kick, moments before half-time, allowing Lee Cook to curl over the cross from which Marc Bircham headed the most undeserved of equalisers.
Wednesday produced a flurry of chances at the start of the second half, only for Paul Jones to deny them with four saves within a minute.
Wednesday remain one place above the drop zone and their fate may hinge on how quickly Steve MacLean can be restored to full fitness.
MacLean, who broke a leg pre-season, made his fifth appearance as a late substitute but is well short of match fitness.
Match details
Sheffield Wednesday (4-3-1-2): Carson; Bullen, Coughlan, Bischoff (Simek 84), Gilbert; Folly, Whelan, O'Brien; Brunt (Best 84); Tudgay (MacLean 77), Burton. Subs: Adamson (g), Hills. Goal: Burton (13). Booked: Bischoff, BurtonQueens Park Rangers (4-4-2): Jones; Bignot, Shittu, Rose (Evatt 90), Milanese; Ainsworth, Lomas, Bircham, Cook (Langley 70); Furlong (Daidoo 87), Gallen. Subs: Royce (g), Bailey. Goal: Bircham (43). Referee: A D'Urso (Essex).

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