Laws hopes to see Owls turn corner

01 November 2009 11:15
The manager insisted he was on "plan F" as far as team selection was concerned, with five players ruled out by a virus sweeping through the club.[LNB]But Wednesday still had the better of a low-key game and would have won but for the agility of City goalkeeper Dean Gerken.[LNB]Laws said: "We had five out with the virus, two just recovered and two more carrying it.[LNB]"Tommy Miller had to come off because he was feeling ill and I had already gone from plan A to plan F in considering my team.[LNB]"For all that, the lads out there gave everything and we had the best chances. It was a great point for us in the circumstances, but we definitely deserved to win.[LNB]"We were denied the most blatant penalty you could ever see and things didn't quite go for us on the day. I feel a performance like that is one we could build on and it could signal a turning point for us."[LNB]Two Crewe old boys, Nicky Maynard and Luke Varney, shared the goal honours in the second half, both producing confident finishes.[LNB]Maynard fired City ahead from close range on 59 minutes after wriggling free in a crowded box to clip the ball past Lee Grant.[LNB]Varney had missed the best first-half opportunity, shooting tamely at Gerken. But there was no mistake on 75 minutes when he lashed a right-footed shot past City's keeper from 18 yards after being put through by Marcus Tudgay's pass.[LNB]Wednesday were convinced they should have had a spot-kick when City centre-back Jamie McCombe was guilty of a clumsy challenge inside the box 20 minutes from time.[LNB]It would have been no more than the visitors deserved as Gerken made a good early save from Miller and better stops in the second half to deny substitute Leon Clarke on two occasions and Varney once.[LNB]City boss Gary Johnson admitted his team were unrecognisable from the one who clinched victory at Barnsley seven days earlier.[LNB]"We nicked a point today because we were all at sea for most of the game," he said.[LNB]"It's not often we play like that and we have a tough week of training ahead before our next game with Nottingham Forest.[LNB]"For some reason we looked disorganised and lacked the sharpness of thought you need at this level.[LNB]"I made a couple of changes at half-time because I couldn't delay them any longer. But we were never at the races and in the end it's a good result for us on a bad day."[LNB][LNB]

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