Munoz verdict as Owls drop to foot of table after another defeat

Wednesday slumped to the bottom of the Championship without a point in our first three matches following a 1-0 home defeat to Preston at Hillsborough this afternoon.

The Owls showed occasional flashes of improvement going forward in the first half, with striker Anthony Musaba catching the eye at times, but that all but disappeared in the second 45 after a Preston goal soon after the restart.

Boss Xisco Munoz said afterwards he felt it was a better performance but was unhappy with the defending for the Preston goal and highlighted areas where we still need to improve, saying: “We had some moments but I think we could have kept the ball better at times.

“We need to improve in our own box, need to be talking about clean sheets, and also to improve in the last third.

‚ÄúThere is a big difference between the divisions and we must have more energy, more velocity, more power.”

Despite that good approach play at times in the first half, there was little threat on the Preston goal with the only effort of note coming when Lee Gregory took a trademark pass from Barry Bannan and his shot brought a diving save out of keeper Freddie Woodman.

At the other end, the visitors had sounded an early warning when Devis Vasquez foiled Brad Potts with a fine stop but we were often exposed when the visitors came forward and they took the lead on 48 minutes.

Kian Best sent a free kick from the left to the far post and Liam Lindsay outmuscled two Wednesday defenders to head home.

Munoz shuffled the attacking pack late on in a bid to get a much-needed equaliser but to no avail and the end-of-match stats showed just three attempts on target from the Owls.

We are also now the only team in the Championship without a point and it’s the first time since 2007 that we have lost our opening three league games.

Vasquez, Palmer, B. Diaby, Iorfa, Famewo, Byers, Bannan, M. Diaby (Smith 65), Delgado (Paterson 71), Musaba (Gassama 71), Gregory (Fletcher 77). Unused subs: Dawson, Ihiekwe, Vaulks, Bakinson, Windass. Attendance: 25,138.

 

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