FT: Middlesbrough 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Mowbray and Jones on point apiece

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones. (''Picture: Dan Westwell)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones. (''Picture: Dan Westwell)

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Sheffield Wednesday drew for the third straight game but are still searching for their first win while Middlesbrough were thankful to Mustapha Carayol for earning a point.

Boro dominated for long spells but fell behind when Michail Antonio stabbed home from a corner.

The home side levelled quickly after the break through Mustapha Carayol but despite creating plenty of chances they could not force a winner.

Tony Mowbray rued his side’s lack of clinical finishing and said: “Wednesday came with a game plan to go on the counter-attack.There were times they pressed forward and that gave us space to play.

“It was different from Blackpool who banked up and got everyone behind the ball. Wednesday gave us a bit of room to play, but we were far from dynamic.

“We need to learn how to break teams down and finish them off.

“We had a lot of great chances, but need to start taking them.”

Wednesday manager Dave Jones thought his side may have had more than just the single point.

“I thought we shaded the first half and they shaded the second, but we had two great chances near the end,” he said.

“We had a right go at each other at times and we were two quick sides who tried to play it the right way.

“I can’t fault my players. They looked bright and sharp and could have won it.

“But Middlesbrough scored when we had a spell where we gave the ball away too cheaply.

“We might have got away with it two years ago in League One but you don’t get away with it at this level.”

Boro had the first real chance on eight minutes as midfielders Jozsef Varga and Albert Adomah got tangled but the loose ball rolled kindly for Lukas Jutkiewicz to crack in a low 20-yard drive that flew just wide.

Then George Friend played a neat one-two with Carayol to burst down the left then cut into the box to fire an angled 12-yard effort just over.

Middlesbrough’s pressure continued as Grant Leadbitter had a low 20-yard effort scrambled behind the foot of the left-hand post then Adomah curled a free-kick wide of the right post.

Wednesday scored the opener on 34 minutes though when a corner was nodded down into a crowd for Antonio to hook home from six yards out.

Tony Mowbray’s men were back on the attack as Friend squared for Leadbitter to drill in a low shot that brought a good save.

But Wednesday could have had a second on the stroke of half-time as Jermaine Johnson cut into the box from the right and cut the ball back to Liam Palmer, but the outstretched foot of Jonathan Woodgate turned the shot behind.

Boro levelled quickly after the break. Jutkiewicz got into the box and squared through a static defence for Carayol to stab home from six yards on 49 minutes.

The hosts threatened again on 56 minutes as Adomah touched on a Varga ball for Friend to again go weaving into the box but his eight-yard angled shot under pressure screwed wide. Two minutes Boro went closer still as Jutkiewcz broke into the box onto a Leadbitter ball to hammer against the crossbar.

A low Leadbitter free-kick took a deflection of the wall in the 64th minute and went spinning towards the far post but the goalkeeper scrambled across to save.

Boro went close in the 76th minute as a ball sailed over the box for Andy Halliday on the right. He rode a challenge and forced his way past Johnson to drill an angled shot that the goalkeeper came out quickly to charge down.

Eight minutes from time Adomah collected a Jutkiewicz header down and fired into the side netting and the hosts threatened again as a Leadbitter free-kick bounced through the box for Halliday, unmarked at the far post, but his downward header bounced up and over the crossbar.

Wednesday threatened in stoppage time as Antonio beat the offside flag and broke free into the box, but goalkeeper Jason Steele did well to save his tired low shot.

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