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Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 0 Palace

Wed Sep 25 2002 - League

Palace played out a 0-0 bore draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough tonight.

The closest that Palace came to a goal was Andy Johnson hitting the post with a header.

Match Stats

Ground: Hillsborough (Attendance: 16112)

Sheffield Wednesday: Pressman, Hendon, Bromby, Burrows, Maddix, McLaren (Geary 87), Quinn, Sibon (Owusu, 45), Armstrong (Hamshaw, 45), Kuqi, Knight.

Subs not used: Stringer, Soltvedt.

Booked: Owusu.

Palace: Kolinko, Granville, Butterfield, Popovic, Powell, Mullins, Gray, Thomson (Riihilahti 21), Routledge, Johnson (Freedman 71), Adebola.

Subs not used: Black, Austin, Cronin.

Booked: Johnson, Powell.

Referee: R Olivier (Sutton Coldfield).

Palace suffered an injury blow in the 21st minute when Steven Thomson had to be replaced by Aki Riihilahti.

In the 30th minute, Wayne Routledge forced Wednesday keeper Kevin Pressman to pull off a wonderful fingertip save. Shefki Kuqi responded with a 20-yard effort which went wide.

A few minutes before half-time, Johnson had a header cleared by the Wednesday defence and forced Kevin Pressman into a save, while Sibon blasted wide from 20 yards.

In the second half, Leon Knight and Alan Quinn had shots which missed the target and down the other end, Dele Adebola and Aki Riihilahti also fired wide.

Kolinko played most of the game with an injury and had to have Tony Popovic take the goal-kicks for him.

The score was probabaly a fair result and it was Wednesday's fourth successive league draw.

Post match comments:

Trevor Francis said: "In the first half we dominated the game and had plenty of possession. I was very pleased with our performance but I was disappointed not to be ahead.

"I knew we would see an improvement from the home side in the second half. We tried to protect our keeper whenever possible - which had a bearing on the performance.

"After the break we had a defender taking our goal kicks and so our defence pushed back further.

"I didn't feel it was a moment to blood a 16-year-old who has no experience, at this stage. I will have to try to squeeze a bit of cash together to get a keeper in before Sunday's game.

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