Owls off the bottom but again lack cutting edge

Wednesday finally moved off the foot of the Championship table after a largely uninspiring goalless draw at home to Millwall this afternoon.

Derby drop to the bottom after a home defeat to Barnsley and our draw takes us on to six points, above the Rams on goal difference, Wycombe are a point and a place ahead of us, with Coventry fourth from bottom on eight points.

Both sides struggled to create many openings in a poor first half, Wednesday managing the only effort on target on 33 minutes when Josh Windass seized on a loose pass by Shaun Hutchinson but saw his angled drive pushed away for a corner by keeper Bartosz Bialkowski

Our only other chance of note came in the opening minutes with Elias Kachunga breaking clear but seeing his effort from the edge of the box swerve wide when he really should have tested the keeper.

Millwall’s Scott Malone headed wide on 20 minutes after a slip by Joost van Aken and they went close again soon afterwards, Ryan Leonard shooting wide from inside the box.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half were in total contrast in terms of goal attempts, Jed Wallace curling a 25-yard free kick narrowly wide for the visitors almost straightaway and the unmarked Hutchinson missing a great opportunity when he headed wide from a corner soon afterwards.

However, it was Wednesday who dominated the early proceedings in the second half, creating six efforts on target inside the first 17 minutes.

Windass saw a shot pushed away by Bialkowski and then Adam Reach brought a smart save out of the keeper with a low drive from the edge of the box.

We continued to have the upper hand, Joey Pelupessy having an effort pushed away by Bialkowski and Windass seeing his diving header from the same attack blocked by a defender but, with Wednesday appealing for handball, the striker was flagged offside.

Reach had another shot pushed away for a corner as we continued to enjoy our best spell of the game but without really looking like finding that missing moment of quality in front of goal.

Millwall gradually came back into the match, to some degree, but Matt Smith spurned an excellent opening as he headed wide when well placed and they failed to have a shot on target in the entire game.

Indeed, it was Wednesday who went closest to taking all three points in added time when Jack Marriott’s header forced another diving save from Bialkowski.

Wildsmith, Palmer, Borner, Iorfa, Van Aken (Marriott 80), Odubajo, Bannan, Pelupessy (Brown 58), Reach, Kachunga (Patterson 68), Windass. Unused subs. Dawson, Hunt, Dele-Bashiru, Rhodes.



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