Wednesday took another step towards what increasingly looks like relegation to division one when our 10 men slumped to a sixth successive defeat in a 3-0 loss at Reading today.
With fourth from bottom Birmingham going down 1-0 at Barnsley, we remain seven points from safety but it’s another game gone and Rotherham, one place and four points above us in 22nd, now have two games in hand . Above Birmingham, there is a further three-point gap with Coventry, Derby and Huddersfield all on 38 points.
We can point to the sending off of Julian Borner on 29 minutes – the game goalless at that stage – as having an affect on the result but, even with 11 men, the gulf in ability and application between the two sides was clearly there to see.
Added to that, once again there also appeared to be a worrying lack of desire, intensity and commitment from some of the players and getting what probably needs to be at least seven wins from our last 12 games looks a near impossibility.
It was Wednesday who went closest to opening the scoring on 15 minutes when Tom Lees sent a powerful far post header against the bar from Kadeem Harris’ corner.
And the side had not seriously troubled Joe Wildsmith before taking the lead from the penalty spot on 29 minutes.
Julian Borner played a misplaced pass towards Sam Hutchinson, George Puscas intercepted to burst clear and the chasing Borner appeared to clip the player’s heels as he ran into the area.
Borner was red carded and Michael Olise sent Wildsmith the wrong way with the spot kick, Wednesday then reorganising with the withdrawal of Barry Bannan.
Any hopes of a stirring second-half comeback never looked likely, former Owl Lucas Joao clipping the crossbar with a flicked effort and then Tom Holmes firing across goal and just wide.
It was no surprise when the home side did eventually increase their lead on 65 minutes, and even less of a shock that the scorer was Joao, as he drove the ball home from 12 yards.
With Wednesday failing to get a shot on target all game, the scoreline was completed two minutes from time when poor defending allowed Andy Yiadom time and space in the box to drill in a third for the home side.
Wildsmith, Uroghide, Lees, Börner, Palmer, Harris (Rhodes 69), Hutchinson, Shaw, Bannan (Penney 32), Windass (Pelupessy 85), Paterson (Marriott 69). Unused subs: Jackson, Dunkley, Brown, Kachunga, Reach.