REPORT: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Yeovil Town 1
Joe Ralls' sublime second half volley ensured post-match discussion was dominated by ten-man Yeovil Town's fighting spirit at Sheffield Wednesday rather than refereeing decisions or ill-discipline.
The Owls took a controversial first half lead when Atdhe Nuhiu was initially deemed offside only for the assistant official to change his mind with Gary Johnson's men static.
Byron Webster then clashed with the Wednesday forward towards the end of the first half, receiving a straight red for aiming a punch.
The Glovers fielded the same XI defeated 1-0 by Reading two weeks earlier, Sam Hoskins missing from the substitutes with fellow attacker Kieffer Moore preferred.
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Yeovil arguably settled the quicker, testing Wednesday with a brisk counter-attack on six minutes. Joel Grant's shot was blocked before keeper Chris Kirkland caught Ed Upson's curling effort from the rebound.
On 11 minutes Nuhiu stole an inch from Webster, heading goal-wards a cross from the right. Wayne Hennessey was up to the task and saved, diving to his left.
The visitors responded immediately, racing to the other end of the pitch, only for Kamil Zayatte to anxiously hoof clear a yard from the line when James Hayter's close range hook caught Kirkland out of position.
Michail Antonio met another whipped cross on 16 minutes but despite exciting the home crowd he could not get the ball on target.
The forward was in the thick of the action when Wednesday took a contentious lead on 26 minutes. When Wednesday threaded the ball through the Yeovil defence referee's assistant Paul Cook flagged for offside, with Nuhiu the offender.
However, with the Glovers inexplicably stopping and not playing to the whistle, Antonio raced beyond Nuhiu and – with the offside flag having mysteriously disappeared - slide the ball to his strike partner to tap-in.
Yeovil, understandably wanting to know why the assistant had taken so long to change his mind and decide Nuhiu was not interfering with play, crowded referee Geoff Eltringham, who stood by his official.
Former England man Kirkland came to the Owls' rescue two minutes after their strike, superbly palming away Andy Williams' header to deny a golden chance.
Matters then got worse for the fading Glovers four minutes before the break. Webster lashed out at Nuhiu in a tussle on the floor that followed a tackle, the defender rightly sent off whilst the scorer was let off with a booking.
The period, at least, ended on a relative high for Yeovil, Upson bringing a full-length diving save from Kirkland with a 20-yard free kick.
Wednesday ended a slow start to the second half with Nuhiu bending over the bar from the edge of the box as the travellers chased shadows.
However, it was the visitors who would net next, Ralls chesting down and emphatically volleying beyond Kirkland on 64 minutes.
On 74 minutes Hennessey was spared embarrassment following an uncharacteristic error. A right wing cross found its way through to Antonio on the opposite side of the box and his shot squeezed through the keeper's hands, struck the post and trickled along the line back into hands.
The Owls flew at Yeovil for the remainder of the half but the South Somerset side dug in, showing their mettle in the Steel City to blunt an unthreatening attack, earning a point and halting a run of five straight defeats.
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2) – Kirkland; Spence, Zayatte, Llera, R Johnson; Palmer (J Johnson, 63), Prutton (Semedo, 74), Coke, Helan (Maghoma, 79); Nuhiu, Antonio. Unused subs: C Dawson, Buxton, McCabe, Lavery.
Goals: Nuhiu 26.
Bookings: Llera (foul), Nuhiu (unsporting behaviour).
Yeovil Town (4-4-2) – Hennessey; Ayling, Webster, Seaborne, McAllister; Grant (K Dawson, 74), Edwards, Upson, Ralls (Moore, 90); Hayter (Fontaine, 42), Williams. Unused subs: Dunn, Foley, Ngoo, Davis.
Goals: Ralls 64.
Bookings: Edwards (dissent).
Dismissal: Webster (violent conduct).
Ref: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham).