Owls turn in shocking display against 10 men

Dave Jones questioned the character of some of his players as Wednesday gained a point – but nothing else – from a dreadful display against 10-man Yeovil.

Atdhe Nuhiu gave us a disputed lead on 25 minutes. He was initially flagged offside but the referee allowed play to continue and Michail Antonio took hold of the ball before crossing for Nuhiu to tap home.

Yeovil were then reduced to 10 men when defender Byron Webster was sent off shortly before half-time for punching Nuhiu.

However, in the second half it was Wednesday who toiled while Yeovil were the better footballing side and they equalised on 64 minutes through Joe Ralls.

We never looked like winning the game after the break, hardly putting together a move of note and lacking the necessary guile, teamwork and commitment to take all three points.

The final whistle was greeted with loud booing from a disgruntled 22,000 crowd, who left S6 with Wednesday still looking for a first win of the season.

Jones said the team needed to be bigger and braver and that some of the players appeared to be fearful of playing in front of the home fans.

He said: “It’s frustrating for everybody. I felt we froze a little bit playing here; you’d have to ask the players whether they think that but I think the sending off affected us more than it affected them.

“We didn’t get it down, we didn’t pop it about, we didn’t get down the sides of them, too many people weren’t looking for the ball and our decision making was poor – so we have to hold our hands up and say that’s a poor, poor performance from us in the second half.”

He added: “Players have to stand up and be counted. They have to be strong here and if they make a mistake, they make a mistake.”