In this article, we will be discussing the three best moments of the 2016/17 for Sheffield Wednesday and sharing them with you, the fans, in what has been another great season for the Owls.
3: Adam Reach late equaliser at Preston
This just had to be in our top three somewhere! Former Preston man, Adam Reach,scored in the 94th minute to earn Sheffield Wednesday a point at Deepdale. In a very boring game of football where there was no fluency to the game, Wednesday managed to rescue getting beat by Preston who went 1-0 up in the 77th minute through Cunningham, but that turned out to not mean anything as Adam Reach turned up in the 94th minute to give Wednesday a draw somehow! What an end to the game!
2: Sam Winnall scores against Barnsley
Another class away day moment as the runner-ups on our list. Winnall, who joined Wednesday from Barnsley in January, started for the first time since leaving the Reds. The striker got nothing but abuse from the Barnsley faithful – and even had a toy pig thrown at him!
However, five minutes after half-time, a long ball by Jack Hunt seemed to be going out for a goal kick and goalkeeper Adam Davies attempted to see the ball out of play. Adam Reach, however, closed the former Wednesday goalkeeper down and snatched he ball of him and hit it into the middle where Sam Winnall was waiting and had an easy finish. To rub a bit of salt in the wounds, Winnall celebrated passionately by sprinting in front of the home fans, much to the annoyance of his former fans!
1: Kieran Lee’s ninety-sixth minute winner against Bristol City
Finshing top of our list is one of the most memorable games of the last few years for Wednesday. The Owls finished the first half two goals down after Tammy Abraham scored a brace. However, it took Wednesday just seven minutes after the break to pull one back. Steven Fletcher nodded home Fernando Forestieri’s corner.
Seven minutes later, the game could have been over. Sam Hutchinson committed a foul in the penalty area and was sent off, reducing the hosts to ten men. Lee Tomlin, however, saw his penalty hit the post and the ball cleared upfield. The ball fell to Gary Hooper who was then brought down by Gary O’Neil who received his second yellow and followed Hutchinson off the pitch, just two minutes after the Wednesday man had been dismissed.
The equaliser came fifteen minutes from time. Bannan picked up the ball from range and hit a beautiful shot into the top corner, giving Richard O’Donnell no chance. Suddenly the Owls were on the front foot and pushing for three points.
Wednesday had chances to win it but couldn’t get the ball into the net. However, deep into stoppage time, Adam Reach dragged the ball back to Ross Wallace who found Lee in the penalty area. The midfield man sidestepped his man and finished calmly to the far post to win the game for Wednesday.
Lee was booked for “excessive celebration” but based on this, the referee could have booked the whole Wednesday squad and half of the Kop’s attendance – exaggerated slightly but you get the point!