Wednesday’s five-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when we were totally outplayed in a 3-0 defeat at Hull on Saturday.
And if incoming manager Steve Bruce had any doubts about the size of the task facing him then the dismal showing at the KCOM Stadium brought home the considerable shortcomings and failings in the current squad.
The side lacked the aggression, pace, commitment, creativity and organisation of recent weeks and the home side were well worth their three-goal victory.
Wednesday managed just three shots in the 90 minutes – with none on target – and we were fortunate to be trailing by only one goal at the break, Jarrod Bowen firing home from the edge of the box just seconds before half time.
The same player made it two soon after the interval, sending Keiren Westwood the wrong way from the penalty spot after the Owls keeper was adjudged to have brought down Chris Martin.
It was very much a matter of damage limitation from there onwards and it was no surprise when Hull added a third 14 minutes from time through Fraizer Campbell.
The defeat leaves us in 16th place and nine points clear of the relegation zone.
Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Boyd, Bannan, Hutchinson, Reach, Matias (Nuhiu 55), Fletcher (Winnall 71).