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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 15,440) 6th December 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Hegley

So'ton Southampton vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

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Tugay denies Saints

Owls leave it late at St Mary's

Last Updated: 06/12/08 6:14pm

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Tudgay: Late leveller

Tudgay: Late leveller

Marcus Tudgay struck late on to deny Southampton what would have been a deserved win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Bradley Wright-Phillips opened the scoring early on, but they failed to double their advantage and were made to pay late on by losing two points.

Southampton started with positive intent and midfielder Andrew Surman flashed a left-foot drive wide of the target.

But the home side were in front after 13 minutes when Wednesday backed off and were made to pay by Wright-Phillips, who drilled a right-footed finish past the helpless Lee Grant from the edge of the penalty area.

Former Manchester City striker Wright-Phillips had an opportunity to double his tally seven minutes later but shot straight at Grant.

Kicked into life

Wednesday finally kicked into life and Dutch winger Etienne Esajas had an opportunity to restore parity, but failed to hit the target with a left-footed strike from 20 yards out.

But David McGoldrick could have given Southampton some breathing space five minutes before the break when he headed wide from just six yards out.

Wright-Phillips was a constant menace to the Wednesday defence and it took a fine block from Richard Wood to deflect a right-footed strike from the diminutive striker wide of the target.

Veteran Southampton defender Chris Perry also produced a crucial block to deny Leon Clarke at the other end.

Tudgay tried his luck from just outside the penalty area, but Saints defender Rudi Skacel got himself in the way of the former Derby forward's strike.

More question

Wednesday started to ask more questions of the Southampton defence and following a corner from the left the ball sat up nicely for James O'Connor, but the former Burnley man drilled his shot wide of the target.

With 15 minutes remaining Southampton should have put Wednesday out of sight but Matthew Paterson failed to hit the target from just six yards out.

And they were made to pay when the ball fell to Tudgay 20 yards from goal and he rattled a right-footed strike into the bottom corner of the net.

Substitute Bartosz Slusarski almost won it for the visitors right at the death when his shot was tipped wide by Kelvin Davis.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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