Owls go down to injury time double

Two injury time goals from Aston Villa sent Wednesday to a first defeat under Steve Bruce and left us six points adrift of the play-off places with just six games remaining.

The 3-1 scoreline was tough on the Owls as we more than matched a Villa team who made it six successive wins with a late double that keeps them firmly in the play-off frame.

Gary Hooper turned home George Boyd’s cross from close range to put us ahead on seven minutes but John McGinn equalised midway through the half while former Villa man Barry Bannan was inches away from restoring our lead before the break with a shot from the edge of the box.

Adam Reach’s curling effort almost brought us that second goal soon after the break and then came the crucial moment of the game for Wednesday on 57 minutes. Steven Fletcher was fouled in the box by Tyrone Mings but saw his resulting weak spot kick easily saved by keeper Jed Steer.

Undeterred, we continued to dominate the second half but it looked like the points would be shared until Villa struck twice in added time.

Albert Adomah fired home after Keiren Westwood had pushed away an effort from fellow sub Jonathan Kodjia and a minute later Tammy Abraham won a tussle with Liam Palmer and turned to drive home Villa’s third, giving a final scoreline that failed to reflect the balance of play and Wednesday’s performance.

Westwood, Iorfa (Fox 40), Hector, Lees, Palmer, Reach, Bannan (Matias 72), Hutchinson, Boyd, Fletcher, Hooper (Forestieri 84).


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