Wednesday’s dismal run continued with a 2-1 home defeat to a distinctly average Ipswich side at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.
Fortunately, the bottom five sides all also lost while Reading and Bolton – just below us in the table – shared the points in a 1-1 draw, leaving us still in 17th place and seven points off the relegation positions.
It was an extremely nervy performance from a Wednesday side desperately short on confidence and creativity and it puts even more emphasis on the need for three points when we take on fellow strugglers Bolton at S6 on Saturday.
A cracking solo goal from Lucas Joao drew us back on level terms with 20 minutes remaining against Ipswich but any hopes of a much-needed win, or at least a point, were crushed in the 84th minute when Morgan Fox gave away an unnecessary foul on the left-hand side of our penalty area and Martyn Waghorn stepped up to curl the ball into the far top corner of the net.
That completed a double for Waghorn, who had given Ipswich the lead in the 52nd minute when he scored from close-in after dreadful defending from the Owls.
Just about the only action of note in a poor first half from both sides came when Atdhe Nuhiu’s fierce close-range volley was somehow kept out by Bartosz Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal.
Then came that Waghorn brace, separated by Joao’s individual effort, and it leaves Wednesday with just two wins in the last 20 Championship games and mounting pressure on manager Jos Luhukay after only one victory in his ten league games since replacing Carlos Carvalhal in January.