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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 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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