Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City battled out a goalless draw at Hillsborough on Saturday 25th October 2014.
Both sides were good value for the draw in the end. But it was a number of top quality saves from goalkeeper Keiren Westwood that really earned The Owls a point against the promotion challenging Canaries.
Despite solid league positions in the Championship, neither side was on a good run of form heading in to the 3pm kick off in the steel city.
Wednesday had not won for over a month – losing three and drawing three of their last six outings. And it was not much better for the visitors, Norwich, who had failed to pick up a win in any of their last four games.
The players were greeted to the field by chants of “Hi, Ho, Sheffield Wednesday” which were accompanied by the sound of the brass band playing in the Kop.
The Canaries got the game underway and it was a scrappy opening as nobody seemed able to take a hold on the game.
Norwich had more of the early chances and looked particularly dangerous going forward on the counter attack. And Lewis Grabban should have opened the scoring for the visitors when he found unmarked in front of goal by Michael Turner. However, his effort was straight at Westwood who blocked the shot.
The home side looked to hit back, Stevie May directing a header just wide of the target. Kieran Lee then blazed a powerful volley well over the crossbar.
Westwood was forced to make another save, this time directly from a free kick, before the two sides went in at the interval level.
The Owls started the second period much stronger and shortly before the hour mark, manager Stuart Gray introduced former Real Madrid man Royston Drenthe and brand new signing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
A lovely piece of play on the edge of the box between Liam Palmer and May saw Palmer with a shooting opportunity, but he could only smash the ball in to side netting.
At the other end, Cameron Jerome really should have scored for the Canaries. Gary O’Neil’s curling cross found the striker unmarked, but he could only get a glancing contact and it was well saved by the in-form goalkeeper.
The visitors were pushing for a winner and it looked for a moment as if Nathan Redmond had found it. The substitute cut inside and unleashed a strike that looked destined for the far corner, but Westwood was once again the hero for Wednesday.
In the final moments, Jerome was again left frustrated by some world-class goalkeeping. The forward got on the end of Martin Olsson’s cross and hit a powerful strike tat was somehow saved by Westwood.
And thanks to an outstanding performance from the Wednesday ‘keeper the game ended level, leaving both sides still in search of their first victories in some time. However, the Owls will have gone home the happier having earned a decent point against a top-six side.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Norwich City
Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Loovens, Dielna (Maghma ’81), Maguire (Drenthe ’57), Lee, Semedo, Helan, Nuhiu (Taylor-Fletcher ’57), May
Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson, Tettey, Howson, Johnson (Redmond ’67), Odjidja-Ofoe (O’Neil ’46), Jerome, Grabban