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16:45 25th October 2014

REPORT: SHEFF WED 0-0 NORWICH CITY

SHEFFIELD Wednesday had goalkeeper Keiran Westwood to thank after they held the Canaries to a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough.

The Republic of Ireland stopper made three superb saves in the second half to keep City at bay and earn a Sky Bet Championship point for his side.

Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome twice were the men denied, with Russell Martin also flicking a free header wide in a dominant second half.

Lewis Grabban was also kept out by Westwood in the first half, with the final result leaving the Canaries in the last play-off place, sixth in the division.

As on Tuesday night against Leeds, Neil Adams made three changes to his starting eleven, with the main news being that Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe made his first start for the Club since his summer move from Club Bruges.

Bradley Johnson and Grabban also returned to the team, with Kyle Lafferty suspended and wingers Nathan Redmond and Josh Murphy dropping to the bench.

The home team announced the signing of Gary Taylor-Fletcher an hour before kick-off, but he had to settle for a place among their substitutes. Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhiu started up front.

They were quicker out of the blocks and could have gone ahead after just eight minutes when May powered a header wide from Claude Dielna's cross, but Grabban missed the half's standout opportunity five minutes later.

City's forward pounced on Russell Martin's header and was free in the box, but he volleyed straight at Keiran Westwood.

Neither side was able to build a continued spell of pressure in a scrappy 45 that included a booking apiece for Johnson and Jeremy Helan.

Nuhiu and Kieran Lee had half chances for the Owls and Johnson himself saw a decent free-kick parried by Westwood, and City saw their run of first halves without a goal extend to ten.

HALF-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Norwich City

Gary O'Neil replaced Odjidja at half-time and City went close ten minutes into the second period from the substitute's free-kick.

Martin rose to meet O'Neil's delivery first and was unfortunate to witness his header go narrowly wide of Westwood's post.

May's shot on the turn for Wednesday was easy for Ruddy before Liam Palmer rifled into the sidenetting after a clever backheel from the former St Johnstone man.

Redmond replaced Johnson for City but it was Jerome who forced a wondersave from Westwood with 20 minutes left on the clock.

He managed to get a touch on O'Neil's free-kick but the home 'keeper stretched to his left and somehow clawed the ball away with the net ready to bulge.

Four minutes later, he performed heroics again to get his fingertip to Redmond's left-footed drive as the Canaries pushed for the game's opening goal.

He then made it a hat-trick of stops to keep out Jerome, who has struck Olsson's cross sweetly only to see it turned over the bar.

A City corner fashioned yet another opportunity on 82 minutes, and it was a clear one for Martin who was left free in the box but glanced his header well wide.

That proved the last goalmouth action of the game as the Canaries were forced to settle for a point in Sheffield.

FULL-TIME: Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Norwich City

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Westwood; Loovens (c), Semedo, May, Palmer, Nuhiu (Taylor-Fletcher 57), Maguire (Drenthe 57), Lees, Helan, Lee, Dielna (Maghoma 81). Subs not used: Kirkland (GK), Coke, Madine, Hope.

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin (c), Turner, Olsson; Tettey; Howson, Johnson (Redmond 67); Odjidja (O'Neil 45); Jerome, Grabban. Subs not used: Rudd (GK), Hooper, Hooiveld, Miquel, Josh Murphy.

REFEREE: Stuart Atwell

ATTENDANCE: 20,898


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