MATCH CENTRE Colchester United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Irvine praise for Mellor

Sheffield Wednesday maintained their unbeaten start to the season when they drew at Colchester United in League One today.

Winger Chris Sedgwick and striker Marcus Tudgay returned for the Owls after missing the midweek Carling Cup victory over Bury. Winger Jermaine Johnson was sidelined with a knee problem and midfielder Tommy Miller absent with a calf strain.

The Owls learned before kick-off that they had been drawn at home to Notts County in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round.

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After the midweek cup victory over Bury, Lewis Buxton, Marcus Tudgay, Chris Sedgwick, Giles Coke, Clinton Morrison and James O'Connor all returned.

After a first half without a goal, Andy Bond opened Colchester's account on 50 minutes.

On-loan Neil Mellor popped up with an equaliser for Wednesday on 83 minutes.

Owls manager Alan Irvine said: "Neil took his goal really well and once he got into that position I expected him to score.

"He's not been firing on all cylinders so far, he's still settling in here, so hopefully that goal will do him a lot of good.

"It certainly gives me plenty to think about regarding my team selection for the next game but it's the kind of problem that managers don't mind having."

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