Gary Teale proved to be an instrumental and influential substitute at Hillsborough on Saturday as he helped lift a lacklustre Owls display to secure a point against in-form Bournemouth.
The introduction of an out and out wide player was crucial to the Owls as Teale and left back Daniel Jones combined well throughout the second period, providing a constant threat. Wednesday fell behind 20 minutes before half time from a corner, and the visitors bossed the remainder of the opening period.
The Owls were without last weekend’s match winner Jermaine Johnson and Alan Irvine chose to start with central midfielder Giles Coke wide left.
Tommy Miller, also primarily a central midfielder, started on the right hand side and as a result the team lacked any real width. Irvine chose to have the Hillsborough pitch widened in the summer to spread the play more, but this was proving to be counter productive in this instance.
Teale replaced James O’Connor at half time with Coke reverting to a central midfield role. Neil Mellor also came on at the break for out of form front man Clinton Morrison, and the changes had the desired effect.
Teale was an effective outlet and the way in which he operated from close to the left touchline provided more space for Coke to utilise in the centre of the park. Wednesday dominated the second period and might well have found an equaliser before it deservedly came on 82 minutes when Mellor shot home from Teale’s perfect low cross.
The Owls travel to Charlton on Saturday with Teale and also Mellor surely having played themselves into contention for a starting role.
Disclimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.