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Kenilworth Road (ATT 8,267) 23rd September 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Beeby

Luton Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Luton 2

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Owls fightback denies Hatters

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 23/09/05 9:30pm

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A brace from Luton's Steve Howard sandwiched an impressive Sheffield Wednesday revival inspired by David Graham in a 2-2 draw at Kenilworth Road.

In a lively start to proceedings it took just two minutes for the home side to seize the initiative when Glenn Whelan's foul on Kevin Nicholls gave Luton a free kick on the right of the penalty area some 25 yards from goal.

Nicholls dusted himself down to swing over a perfectly flighted free kick which Howard dispatched with a fine header, beating David Lucas high to the goalkeeper's left.

Lucas was called into action to more successful effect when saving from Sol Davies before Wednesday issued their riposte, Lee Peacock's fierce drive from the edge of the area being parried by Marlon Beresford.

The warning went unheeded and from a corner Lee's finely judged header - the defender's first goal for more than a year -  levelled the scores.

Despite the setback Luton were playing the more constructive football and Warren Feeney tried to place a shot into the far corner only for Lucas to deny him.

On the half hour Feeney had another opportunity and Nicholls was yet again the orchestrator; his slide rule ball picked out Dean Morgan, who in turn found Feeney but he failed to make sufficient contact allowing Lucas to save.

Chris Brunt's fierce drive to the near post forced Beresford to parry before The Owls had a glorious chance to snatch the lead just before half time

Brunt's equally well struck free kick deceived Beresford who could only repell the shot out to Graham six yards from goal. Graham seemed certain to accept the gift only to shoot horribly wide.

Having played second fiddle to an impressive Luton in the first half Wednesday started the second with significantly more intent. 

Peacock shot into the hoardings when well placed before Wednesday took the lead when the former's flick found strike partner Graham who struck low and hard to put the visitors ahead on 64 minutes.

To the dismay of Paul Sturrock that lead lasted just two minutes when, from another fine Nicholls delivery, Howard ghosted in to claim his second header of the game and his fourth goal of the season.

Bad almost became worse for Wednesday when Feeney was denied by a point blank stop from Lucas, however in truth the Northern Ireland striker's finish was far from accomplished.

Another run and shot from Graham had Beresford scrambling before Steven Robinson and Chris Coyne almost struck a late winner for the home side which on the balance of play Sturrock could not begrudge his opposite number Mike Newell.

The point moves Wednesday off the bottom of the table at the expense of Burnley while Luton are also upwardly mobile replacing rivals Watford in third.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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