Wednesday slump to disappointing two-goal defeat

Our recent mini-revival was washed away in the rain of St Andrews as Wednesday slumped to a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat to Coventry this evening.

Fielding what, on paper at least, was a strong-looking starting line-up, we managed just one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes against a very average Coventry side and they now move 10 points clear of us in the fight for Championship survival.

We were sunk by two second-half goals, leaving us still one off the bottom on 19 points and six adrift of the safety zone. To add to the problems, fellow strugglers Rotherham won 3-0 at Middlesbrough to go four points ahead of us and with a game in hand.

Sam Hutchinson came straight into the starting line-up at Coventry after his move back to the club this week and Andre Green made his Championship debut for us but it was a night to forget for Wednesday.

In a first half of few chances, our one real threat on goal came on 11 minutes with a swerving 25-yarder from Matt Penney which keeper Ben Wilson struggled to push away for a corner.

It was a similar story from Coventry with Keiren Westwood only seriously called into action on one occasion, saving from Leo Ostigard’s close-range header.

However, the home side were in front on 57 minutes, Viktor Gyokeres able to latch onto a through ball from Callum O’Hare after Wednesday lost possession on halfway and he slotted home past the advancing Westwood.

Coventry looked fortunate not to lose skipper Hyam on the hour when he fouled Josh Windass. He appeared to be the last defender but only received a yellow card, Barry Bannan sending the resulting free kick inches over the bar.

Windass threatened twice in quick succession, just failing to connect with a header and seeing an angled snapshot deflected for a corner.

At the other end we nearly fell further behind, Westwood pushed out a low, inswinging corner from Gustavo Hamer, the loose ball found Max Biamou and when he shot goalwards Julian Borner blocked it on the line as the ball smashed into his face.

However, that was only a short reprieve as the hosts completed the victory in the 90th minute, the unmarked Jamie Allen in acres of space to tuck a low cross from O’Hare past Westwood and complete a miserable night for the Owls.

Westwood, Palmer (Brown 82), Lees, Hutchinson (Marriott 82), Börner, Penney, Reach, Bannan, Pelupessy (Dele-Bashiru 60), Green (Paterson 76), Windass (Harris 76). Unused subs. Wildsmith, Brennan, Urhoghide, Luongo.





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