Barnsley were able to scrape a draw in the Sky Bet Championship’s early South Yorkshire derby fixture because of a Angus MacDonald late equaliser. It was to be a big occasion for ex-Barnsley player Sam Winnall who completed a move to Wednesday in January from Barnsley after helping them get promoted to the Championship via Playoffs last year. Gary Hooper was back for the Owls after not being involved in the team since November. He was on the bench.
And a full 15 minutes passed before the first sight of goal when Tom Bradshaw dragged a snapshot wide for the hosts.
The stalemate continued as only scraps were served in the final thirds at each end of the field – Adam Hammill glanced a low header straight at Keiren Westwood midway through a tight first half.
Barry Bannan swung a deep cross to the far post and the clearance fell to Callum McManaman but the winger’s shot flew just over the bar.
The loanee winger then drilled a long ranger that narrowly missed the target as the Owls ended the half on the back of their best spell so far.
Adam Reach refused to give up on a hopeful punt down the right flank, forcing goalkeeper Adam Davies into an error.
Trying to shepherd the ball out of play, Davies had his pocket picked by Reach and Winnall pounced to side-foot calmly into an unguarded net.
Reds substitute Adam Armstrong almost had an immediate impact but was thwarted by the out-rushing Westwood as the Tykes sought to restore parity.
Play was soon back in the Barnsley box, though, and McManaman stabbed goalwards but straight into the grateful arms of Davies.
The energetic Reach curled just wide with the clock ticking down and just as the Owls were heading for victory, Barnsley struck at the last.
Hammill’s set piece was hit into the heart of the danger zone and McDonald headed home.
Still there was time for more drama as Westwood saved from Armstrong and then Fox cleared a Hammill hit off the line right beneath the bar.
Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom said: “I would have been upset if we had not got something out of the game, but I would have been delighted if we had got three points with the chances at the end.
“What could go wrong did go wrong, but it shows the spirit and determination to come out and get something out of the game.
“We know Wednesday are a good side with the ball so we did a lot of work on our shape and I was pleased with it.
“The second half had a lot of tactical shifts and changes in momentum. There were a lot of positives in terms of attitudes and application from the players today.”
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “The goalkeepers almost didn’t have a save to make in the first half but in the second half we started to press higher.
“We achieved one goal and should have had more to finish the game. During that period we didn’t feel any real threats to our goal.
“If you don’t score the second goal all teams are very strong mentally and believe they can score in the last minutes, which is what happened today.
“We played for the three points and with good discipline. We didn’t play fantastic football but we played with discipline.”
Man of the Match
Adam Reach put in a big performance for the Owls and set up the goal to give Wednesday the lead in the second half.
Referee: Kevin Friend