Owls lose ground in survival fight after successive defeats

Wednesday find ourselves deep in relegation trouble again after successive defeats sent us back to one off the bottom of the Championship table in a 2-1 loss to Coventry at Hillsborough this afternoon.

With other scores going against us, we now sit five points from safety in 23rd, QPR’s win over Millwall taking them above us after a largely tepid Wednesday performance against the in-form Sky Blues.

Coventry were much the sharper side in the first half, looked the more likely to open the scoring and did so in emphatic fashion five minutes before the break.

The ball came to Ben Sheaf 20 yards out and he dummied the diving challenge of Barry Bannan before curling the ball past debutant keeper James Beadle and into the corner of the net from 20 yards.

Wednesday, who lacked aggression and application throughout the first 45 minutes, gave some hope of a fightback early in the second half with Barry Bannan lobbing over the bar when sent clear by Josh Windass and Liam Palmer seeing a shot blocked from inside the box.

However, the visitors doubled their lead shortly before the hour-mark in a quickfire attack, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto having his shot saved by Beadle but Sheaf first to the loose ball to turn it home from close range.

Danny Rohl acted soon afterwards by making four substitutions and the wholesale changes had some effect with the Owls halving the deficit on 68 minutes.

Sub Anthony Musaba saw his weak header from close in blocked by keeper Brad Collins but Windass pounced to smash the ball home from eight yards.

Another of the substitutes, Bailey Cadamarteri, went close to an equaliser soon afterwards, sending his header wide from Marvin Johnson’s when he arguably should have at least found the target.

Then, with three minutes of normal time left, came our last chance to salvage a point, Akin Famewo seeing his header blocked and then failing to get enough power on the rebound.

Beadle, Valentin, Ihiekwe (Famewo 60), Bernard, Johnson, Vaulks (Cadamarteri 60), Palmer (Wilks 87), Bannan, Gassama (Musaba 61), Windass, Fletcher (Ugbo 60). Unused subs: Dawson, B.Diaby, M.Diaby, Byers. Attendance: 28,129.








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