Wednesday played out the classic goalless bore draw with Huddersfield at Hillsborough this evening.
The night began by paying tribute to our former manager Jack Charlton, who passed away on Friday, with a minute’s silence before the game and the players wore black armbands. However, we failed to serve up a performance ‘Big Jack’ would have been pleased with in another disappointing and low-key home display.
We failed to show any of the attacking flair from the 3-0 win at QPR on Saturday and now sit in 15th place on 56 points. The club is also still waiting to learn of the outcome of the recent misconduct charge hearing, which could result in a points deduction, and reports indicate that a decision will be announced this week.
On the pitch, it was Huddersfield who looked the sharper side in the opening 20 minutes, Emile Smith Rowe going close when he curled his shot wide.
Wednesday’s first real threat came just after the half-hour mark when Moses Odubajo burst clear and his fierce effort from the edge of the box forced a tipaway save from keeper Jonas Lossl.
Soon afterwards, the same player broke through again but tried to find Massimo Luongo when a shot looked on and the pass was intercepted,
Then, just before half-time, Kadeem Harris provided our best moment of the half, cutting in from the left and curling his effort towards the far corner, only for Lossl to produce an excellent diving save.
Luongo tested Lossl with a low drive soon after half time and Barry Bannan clipped over the bar as we found ourselves mainly restricted to long-range efforts.
Huddersfield still posed the occasional threat on the break and they missed the chance of the game on 77 minutes, Fraizer Campbell sending the ball over the bar from six yards after the visitors had broken down the left.
With five minutes of normal time remaining, Lossl spilled a shot from Adam Reach and Alessio Da Cruz sent the rebound over the bar from close-in, but the latter was relieved to see the offside flag had been raised.
That was just about the last effort from an instantly forgettable 90-plus minutes at Hillsborough which saw Wednesday muster four shots on target and Huddersfield just one.
Wildsmith, Odubajo, Lees, Iorfa, Börner, Harris, Bannan, Hunt (Pelupessy 58), Luongo (Reach 70), Murphy (Da Cruz 58), Windass (Nuhiu 70). Unused subs: Dawson, Shaw, Brennan, Rhodes, Hughes.