Wednesday paid for missed chances in the opening half hour, including a wasted penalty, and we ended up having to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with lowly Shrewsbury at Hillsborough this afternoon.
The disappointing scoreline sees us stay in 12th place on 11 points, five behind joint leaders Wigan and Sunderland, and was greeted with boos from some sections of the S6 crowd at the end of the game.
That was all so different to the opening spell, Mide Shodipo and Lee Gregory threatening in the box before we took the lead on six minutes, Saido Berahino heading firmly home from Barry Bannan’s corner.
Berahino then nodded wide soon afterwards when he should have at least found the target before we missed a great opportunity to double our lead on 21 minutes from the penalty spot.
Shodipo was brought down in the box but Bannan sent the resulting spot kick wide.
Lee Gregory shot straight at keeper Marco Marosi from 10 yards and there looked to be good claim for a second penalty when a Shrewsbury defender appeared to handle the ball.
However, the visitors gradually began to claw their way into the game and were back on level terms eight minutes from the break. Bailey Peacock-Farrell failed to deal properly with a low cross in the box and Ryan Bowman was able to squeeze the loose ball home at the near post.
Shodipo sent a 25-yarder inches over the bar at the start of the second half but any hopes of Wednesday dominating proceedings again never materialised.
Indeed, Luke Leahy missed a great chance to put Shrewsbury in front on the hour, breaking clear but shooting wide from just inside the box after sloppy defending.
Just about our only clear opening of the half came on 65 minutes when Shodipo slotted home from inside the box after Bannan’s through ball, only for the goal to be controversially ruled out for offside.
By this time, our early confidence and attacking threat had disappeared and, apart from a late Gregory header just wide, it was Shrewsbury who looked more likely to grab a winner, as we had to settle for a disappointing point.
Peacock-Farrell, Hunt, Iorfa, Dunkley, Palmer, Shodipo (Kamberi 77), Adeniran (Wing 74), Bannan, Hutchinson, Berahino (Corbeanu 61), Gregory. Unused subs. Wildsmith, Dele-Bashiru, Johnson, Sow. Att: 21,976.