Wednesday took a point but little else from another hugely disappointing 90 minutes against Lincoln at Hillsborough this afternoon.
We grabbed a surprise lead 10 minutes into the second half, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru forcing a diving save from keeper Josh Griffiths and Dennis Adeniran drilling home the rebound from a tight angle.
Wednesday took control for the next 10 minutes but then appeared to believe the game was won and were caught on 80 minutes when Lewis Montsma took advantage of poor marking to head home from a corner and earn Lincoln a point in the 1-1 draw, which was the least they deserved.
For Wednesday, it was another performance that lacked the intensity, aggression, urgency and creativity needed to win a football match, leaving us in ninth place, three points adrift of the play-offs after a third successive draw and nine behind the top two.
Lincoln were by far the better side in the first half, Bailey Peacock-Farrell coming to the rescue after just eight minutes following a poor backpass from Palmer led to Dominic Iorfa being dispossessed and the keeper having to save from Anthony Scully.
The visitors also had a penalty appeal turned down just after the half-hour mark when Scully went down under pressure from Marvin Johnson and it took 38 minutes for our first effort of any note, Saido Berahino wriggling clear of a defender inside the box and seeing his shot at the near post saved by the foot of keeper Griffiths.
After a lifeless first half, the second 45 began in comical fashion when Wednesday thought Dominic Iorfa’s clearance had gone off for a corner but ex-Owl Chris Maguire kept it in play, the ball then somehow squeezing past Peacock-Farrell and rolling along the goal-line before being cleared by Jack Hunt.
There was more panic in the Owls back line soon afterwards when Regan Poole’s low cross flashed across the box before Adeniran put us in front totally against the run of play.
However, Lincoln took their point from Montsma’s headed equaliser and, apart from a bright cameo performance from late sub Theo Corbeanu and a header over the bar from Callum Paterson five minutes from time, there was no more cheer for the Wednesday fans in the closing minutes as the pressure begins to mount on manager Darren Moore.
Peacock-Farrell, Hunt, Palmer, Iorfa, Johnson, Brown (Shodipo 87), Bannan, Adeniran, Dele-Bashiru, Berahino (Corbeanu 81), Gregory (Paterson 61). Wildsmith, Dunkley, Wing, Kamberi. Att: 23,521.