Goal ace Ian Rush salvaged a precious Premiership point for off-colour Liverpool with a last-gasp leveller. The record breaking Anfield hero was thrown on 10 minutes from the end as Merseyside boss Roy Evans played his final card.
And it paid off in style as the Welsh wizard hammered in an 87th-minute equaliser deflected off a Wednesday defender. It made up for a host of chances missed by Liverpool in a breathless final half hour as they turned the screw looking to cancel out Wednesday's seventh-minute opener. And the way the Liverpool players celebrated the goal by swamping Rush underlined the relief felt in the Anfield camp.
Wednesday deservedly led at half-time after rattling a nervous-looking Liverpool outfit with an impressive display of fast, flowing football.
The Wednesday goal came when Ian Nolan turned on the pace down the right, rounded Phil Babb and swung in a superb cross that was driven in by Yugoslav international Darko Kovacezic from close range. Wednesday continued to dominate and Guy Whittingham came close to a second goal but was closed out by goalkeeper David James.
Five minutes before the break a fine low shot from Rob Jones beat Wednesday keeper Chris Woods but hit the upright.
Then three minutes into the second half Whittingham should have added a second for Wednesday but hit the bar from point-blank range. An impressive, weaving run took Whittingham into the Liverpool area but James made a super save before Liverpool finally found their feet.
In the last 20 minutes the Anfield side dominated but saw chances wasted by Collymore and leading scorer Robbie Fowler.
But in the 87th minute Fowler slipped a neat pass taking Rush -- on for Jones -- into the area and his angled shot took a deflection before beating Woods. Ian Rush saved Liverpool from defeat at Sheffield Wednesday with a last-gasp equaliser at Hillsborough -- then revealed his frustration at his substitute's role.
The 34-year-old marksman came off the bench to rescue Roy Evans' side after Darko Kovacevic's early strike looked to have given Wednesday the points.
But Rush admitted: "I would have liked to have gone on for a bit longer. We had a few chances in the second half and could easily have won the game."
The Welsh international, who was made an MBE in the New Year's Honours List, added: "I will keep going as long as I can -- hopefully there are a couple of years left in me still. I'm not 100% fit yet after my cartilage operation, so all I need is games now. I'm not going to get those if I'm a substitute all the time."
Wednesday defender Peter Atherton refused to be downhearted despite Liverpool's late equaliser.
"Everyone in the dressing-room is disappointed because it was so close to the end when they scored," he said. "We thought it was going to be one of those days for them when it just wasn't going to go in, but they got that deflected shot right at the death. The important thing is that we'vepicked ourselves up from going out of the FA Cup against Charlton last weekend and got a result."
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