Vital Match Report – Owls Beat Bad Tempered Preston

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Wednesday fought hard for their 2-1 victory over a passionate and hardworking Preston side in a bad-tempered clash at Hillsborough.

Goals from Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher put Wednesday two – nil up before Eoin Doyle added a late goal for the visitors, before the scorer and Jermaine Beckford were sent off for fighting each other!

Wednesday started bright after a late goal had denied them against Fulham and they cantered past a poor Wolves side in the weeks before. And they created the first chance, when Adam Reach sent a lofted pass forward to Forestieri, who controlled the ball with his chest and drove to the edge of the box, but his shot was straight at Preston keeper Chris Maxwell.

Forestieri was once again in the mood and he continued to cause the visitors problems when he had a goal-bound effort blocked by Baptiste, as the visitors goal lead a charmed life. The ball feel to Kieran Lee’s whose cross found Adam Reach in space, but the former Boro man miscued his shot straight to Forestieri, who flicked his header into the net.
Preston need to respond and almost did as Callum Robinson went close to levelling the scores instantly. He fired a shot against the against the outside of Westwood`s post from outside the area.

Wednesday suffered a double injury blow, as Wallace and Loovens both going off in the first half to be replaced by Buckley and Jones. Sam Hutchinson moving back into the Owls defence alongside Tom Lees. With that upheaval, Preston continued to create chances but failed to convert them, with Westwood comfortably saving two efforts from Alan Browne before half-time.

As the second half began it was Preston who created and wasted chances as they enjoyed several set-piece opportunities but could make one count. Beckford had one effort disallowed for taking it too quickly, while Robinson and Daniel Johnson saw their shots miss the target.

The afternoon witnessed its first real controversial decision as Owls scorer Forestieri was sent-off in the 65th minute following an off-the-ball incident, seen by the referees assistant in front of the North Stand leaving the Owls with 10 men for the final third of the match. Lucas Joao took a knock and was replaced in the 74th minute by Fletcher who aged a penalty to increase the Owls lead after Maxwell brought down Will Buckley inside the area.

Buckley was off the field receiving treatment, giving the away side a two men advantage and they claimed one back as substitute Doyle hit the ball past Westwood from close range.

Preston piled on the pressure with a man advantage but with chances being missed. Frustration started to build and it spilled over as team-mates Doyle and Beckford were sent off for violent conduct towards each other in the 90th minute, allowing Wednesday to see out the match with ease.

Next up for Wednesday us trip to Jaap Stam`s Reading, who Fulham match aside (lost 5 – 0) have been in fine form this season. Vote in our on site poll on what you think the outcome maybe!!!

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