Owls lose their way … and the points

Wednesday failed to turn our first-half superiority into goals before slumping to a 2-0 defeat at Bristol City after a ‘no-show’ in the second 45 minutes.

It was our first Championship defeat of the season, we conceded our first league goals and the reverse leaves us still on minus eight points at the foot of the table.

Garry Monk will also be left shaking his head in frustration after a similar performance to last weekend’s draw with Watford … the Owls totally in charge in the opening half without scoring and then allowing the opposition to take charge after the interval.

Wednesday began promisingly, with Kadeem Harris unable to connect properly early on from a Liam Palmer cross before Elias Kachunga’s pull back from an excellent Barry Bannan pass was blocked by home keeper David Bentley.

Tom Lees was next to test Bentley but his firm header from a Bannan corner was straight at the keeper.

Then, five minutes from half time came our best opening, a flowing move involving Dominic Iorfa, Massimo Luongo and Kachunga saw the latter send in a low cross but Josh Windass could only turn the ball wide from close range.

The home side, who failed to get a shot on target in the first half, were always likely to show improvement after the interval and that proved to be the case. However, what will be more worrying for Monk was how Wednesday totally lost their way and allowed City to run the game in the second 45 minutes.

Jamie Paterson gave an early warning when his fierce free kick was fisted away by Cameron Dawson and the home side’s domination was rewarded just before the hour, Tommy Rowe turning the ball home from close range after Chris Martin nodded down

It was almost 2-0 straight from the restart, Dawson blocking Martin’s effort after we gifted the home side possession and Nahki Wells firing the loose ball over the bar when he should have scored.

Harris fired high and wide in the closing minutes with just about our only second-half effort and the home side sealed the points in added time when Paterson was allowed to cut in from the left-hand side and fired an angled drive into the far corner of the net.

Dawson, Palmer (Rhodes 84), Iorfa, Lees, Van Aken, Harris, Bannan, Luongo, Brown (Dele-Bashiru 68), Windass, Kachunga (Reach 74). Unused subs. Wildsmith, Odubajo, Borner, Pelupessy.

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