Stand-in head coach John Deehan called it “a bad day at the office” as Wednesday’s hopes of a fifth successive home win were left in tatters in a 4-1 defeat to Watford.
We had a mountain to climb by midway through the first half, with Watford having taken advantage of slack play by Wednesday to lead 2-0 through Gabriele Angella and Lewis McGugan.
And any hopes of a second-half revival ended within minutes of the restart as Troy twice punished more woeful work at the back to put the Hornets 4-0 in front.
Benik Afobe pulled a goal back with a header soon afterwards and Oguchi Onyewu headed against the bar in the closing minutes.
Wednesday also had plenty of possession during the 90 minutes and created openings of their own but, at the other end, found it difficult to cope with Watford’s counter-attacking style of play all afternoon.
Coach Deehan, standing in for Stuart Gray who was attending his son’s wedding, said: “We were disappointing today, there’s no doubt about it and it was a bad day at the office for us.
“The annoying thing us that we have kept six clean sheets here since Christmas and looked solid from set pieces but we have conceded four goals and the first was a set piece.”