Football: Warhurst makes headstrong return

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Spora Luxembourg . . . . .1

Sheffield Wednesday. . . .2

(Wednesday win 10-2 on aggregate)

PAUL WARHURST, whose life was briefly endangered when he swallowed his tongue in the first leg, scored the winning goal away to Spora Luxembourg last night to complete a 10-2 aggregate victory as Sheffield Wednesday eased into the second round of the Uefa Cup.

The striker recently converted from a defender was making his first appearance since that fateful night at Hillsborough two weeks ago.

Warhurst showed no after effects as he rose to head Wednesday back in front from a corner in the 34th minute.

Gordon Watson put Wednesday ahead after 28 minutes but Joao Cruz equalised two minutes later. After Warhurst restored the lead, Wednesday dominated the remainder of the match but fail to add to their score against a packed defence.

Spora's tactics were criticised by Wednesday's manager, Trevor Francis. 'They played with seven at the back and even when the ball went out of play after five minutes their coach was reluctant to give it back. That shows the level of their ambitions.'

Spora Luxembourg: Felten; Janes, Kremer, Bei (Wampach, 81), Stange, Thomas, Laera, Seyler, Cruz, Cardoni (Santopietro, 69), Shoussi. Substitutes not used: Mischo, Pawlenko, Novak.

Sheffield Wednesday: Pressman; Harkes, Nilsson (Waddle, 57), Watts, Pearson, Hyde, Wilson, Williams, Warhurst (Palmer, 59), Jemson, Watson. Substitutes not used: Shirtliff, Worthington, Woods.

Referee: M Mariasson (Iceland).

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