A video has gone viral showing Sheffield Wednesday fans boo a pitch invader who stood inside a keeper’s goal, match in-play, unnoticed.
Stewards, what stewards?! A spectator left those who attended the Owls’ 1-0 victory over League One newcomers Bolton Wanderers baffled by his rather usual antics on Saturday.
A 42 second clip has been uploaded to social media, with the culprit getting heavily booed while there were also shouts for him to get off the field of play.
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While it could be more obvious that he was on the pitch, stewards oddly decided to do nothing about it, however the longer he was there, something had to be done.
After a minute or so, security staff had no choice but to get on once made aware, before escorting the fan away, with the ordeal raising questions as to why he was able to stay there as long as he did.
While some in the stands laughed, others were left rather miffed off.
Lee Gregory scored the only goal of the game to give Sheffield Wednesday a victory over Bolton.
Gregory struck midway through the second half to secure the hosts just a second win in seven League One matches.
Bolton, who had won their past two league games, looked certain to score in the second minute when Elias Kachunga looked to find Eoin Doyle inside the area but the latter somehow failed to connect with the ball.
Saido Berahino had Wednesday’s first effort with a low shot which went wide before Bolton goalkeeper Joel Dixon made a good save to tip Gregory’s header over the crossbar.
At the other end, Declan John put a free-kick a fraction wide just before the break.
Doyle threatened in the opening minutes of the second half with a close-range shot which was well saved by Joe Wildsmith.
The deadlock was broken in the 66th minute minute when Jack Hunt’s low cross from the right was steered past Dixon by Gregory at the near post.
The hosts were content to see out the game in the closing stages with Bolton never threatening to force an equaliser.
Sheffield Wednesday’s Darren Moore on the performance: “I am really pleased to get to the win. The players stuck to their task. I don’t worry about the performance. We had two of our major players come of at half-time so we had to change the formation so there are mixed emotions.”
DM on Hutchinson and Gibson: “They have got muscle injuries. We had to shuffle things around but credit to the boys. They have got a system and a settled team so it makes it even sweeter that we got the result.”
Praise for Gregory: “I am pleased for Gregory. He worked absolutely tirelessly in the game. We only had Thursday and Friday to work on the formation. We will play different formations throughout the season. We might play a different formation next week. You will have to wait and see. The players were determined and gritty today. It was not always pretty but they had to dig in.”
DM on the formation: “We will keep working with the team and implementing our ideas.”
DM on Joe Wildsmith: “Joe has done superb in the cup match and here today. I thought his decision-making was good. He made a wonderful save in the second half. We will keep working. I don’t get too highs with highs and I don’t get too low with the lows.”
DM on Bolton: “We have beaten a very good team today. They are the best team I’ve seen so far this season.”
DM on building on the performance: I am pleased with the three points. We have got a lot of games coming up in the next month. We want as many bodies back as we possibly can. When you haven’t got the bodies, you set up in a certain way.”
DM on the promotion race: “You want to stay in touching distance. I want to win every game. Bolton will be there or thereabouts this season. They are a good team. I will have a good chat with Evo in there. I am pleased with the boys because we beat a really good team. I am pleased with the game plan. The goal came from what we have worked on.”
DM on the importance of the win: “It was a much-needed win here. We go again next week. We have got a full week to work on.”
DM on the team: “The team are together. They are a great bunch to work with. As long as they keep working together as a group, we will get stronger.”
Bolton’ Ian Evatt: “It is very rare for me to be speechless and I sat quiet for a few minutes in there because I needed time to think. I didn’t know whether to have a go at them or praise them. And I don’t think I can have a go at them,” he said.
“To come here and dominate the whole game, not just a half, and play like that is exceptional and we created chance after chance and didn’t take them. They have one shot in each half and one ends in a goal.
“Against the better teams in this league – Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday away – that is all they need.
“We have to be more ruthless and clinical. I’d be pretty upset if we were not creating the chances but if you ask their players and manager yet again how good our team is, they will tell you.”
Wanderers have drawn a blank on five occasions out of 12 this season but Evatt says he will not over-react.
“We have to stay positive and if we were not creating them I’d be more worried,” he said.
“I don’t care who we play, Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan home or away, we could score six and that’s not arrogance. It is based on the clear cut opportunities we are creating.
“At the moment we score four or five, or none. And the game looks the same, the chances are the same.
“We spoke about it the other day, you come here and it almost doesn’t feel like a defeat. I am proud of how the players played. I am sure our fans – who were magnificent again – will have enjoyed it.
“Yes, there will be frustrations that we haven’t won. We should have won it. But if we keep playing like that we will not be far away.
“We have loaned them the three points.
“They have to come to our place still and we need to be more ruthless.”
Wanderers put 12 shots in on goal but only one on target. And though he was frustrated by the lack of a finishing touch, Evatt insists there was little wrong with the performance in general.
“I know it is a massive opportunity missed, we dominated the whole game,” he said. “They are changing systems, going three, four at the back, because they can’t get near us.
“Our solutions, problem solving and rotations were brilliant. On another day we win four or five one. But we didn’t – we just have to continue striving to be more ruthless.”
Fans reacted to video appearing to show Sheffield Wednesday fans boo a pitch invader who stood inside a keeper’s goal, match in-play, unnoticed...
@eddievic: No streaking, no comical fall over, no punch ups. Did this fella read the brief??!!!
@benjacobhague: It’s the “go on super owl” for me 🤢
@higgins78: Saw him as we were leaving, he was pissed as a fart & had a cut above his head too
@lewisjordan98: Got out on day release didn’t he
@ChrisWilde21: he got banned so won’t have to go for a few season 🤣
@Chris21884893: Some mardy buggers I thought it was funny live a little wawaw
@connor_glover79: I have a few questions.
1. Why do the stewards take 5 hours to react to him being there
2. Wtf is that stood at bottom of shot.
3. What do you achieve from doing this. #swfc
@edward_w97: I actually love League One so much.
@bengilbertson27: We gonna ignore the sex case walking about dressed as an owl
@adam1105_: Got to admire the positioning and always looked like he was ready to come off his line and collect a cross if needed. Take him over Vladimir Stojkovic any day.
@danielbarrass2: Absolute comedy sketch #swfc #LeagueOne
@_T_W_1878: Are they all that miserable down there?
@mollllllllers: Hillsborough’s gotten weird since I stopped going.
@PAUL_LymerSWFC: Who’s dad is this!
That Gabor Kiraly? pic.twitter.com/8PnR8xisxP
— Dan Hartland (@hartland18) October 9, 2021