Owls well beaten after crucial five minutes

Wednesday were left reflecting on a pivotal five minutes soon after half-time as we finished well beaten in a 3-0 defeat at Wolves tonight.

Trailing to a dubious 17th minute Bakary Sako penalty at half-time, the Owls began the second half brightly and should have been level four minutes after the restart when Atdhe Nuhiu headed over the bar from six yards out.

And Wednesday were made to pay a heavy price five minutes later when our ex-loanee Benik Afobe was left totally unmarked inside the box and fired home in expert fashion via an upright.

Worse followed 12 minutes later when Jacques Maghoma was dispossessed 30 yards from goal and James Henry was allowed to run unchallenged before cracking the ball into the top corner of Keiren Westwood’s net from the edge of the penalty area.

Wednesday never looked like getting back into the game after that and Wolves might easily have added to their tally.

Earlier, Claude Dielna could count himself unlucky to be adjudged to have fouled Nouha Dicko for the penalty when he looked to have pulled out of the challenge. However, Wednesday’s only goal threat in the first half came from a Maghoma header while Westwood made a couple of good saves to keep the scoreline at 1-0 at the break.

Defeat sees the Owls slip to 12th place.

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