First-half double sinks Owls’ hopes against league leaders

Wednesday’s hopes of closing the gap at the bottom of the Championship ended in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester on Tuesday evening.

We gifted the league leaders their opening goal after just four minutes when our insistence on playing out from the back again caused problems.

Keeper James Beadle put Will Vaulks in trouble in the penalty box, leaving Abdul Fatawu to turn the ball home from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s cross.

Leicester were largely in control for the rest of the half and doubled the lead on 35 minutes with ex-Wednesday youngster and Owls fan Jamie Vardy finishing off a flowing move from close range … the first goal the veteran striker has scored against us.

At the other end, Marvin Johnson saw a 20-yarder pushed away by keeper Mads Hermansen and Djeidi Gassama also went close but they were rare threats from Wednesday as Leicester bossed the opening half.

We began the second half in more competitive fashion and began to create further openings as the game wore on.

Michael Smith sent a header over the bar when he should have hit the target while Anthony Musaba brought another save out of Hermansen.

Leicester had their own chances and Wednesday saw Mallik Wilks and Pol Valentin both go close late on.

However, our second-half improvement was to no avail and we remain five points from safety, with a ‘six- pointer’ at Millwall on Saturday.

Beadle, Valentin, Ihiekwe, Bernard (B Diaby 85), Johnson, Vaulks, Poveda (Wilks 66), Bannan, Gassama (Musaba 56), Ugbo (Palmer 46), Cadamarteri (Smith 66). Unused subs: Charles, Siqueira, James, Fletcher.

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