Manager Xisco Munoz was left with much to ponder after Wednesday crumbled to a 4-2 defeat at Hull this afternoon.
Our second league reverse in the first two league games leaves the Owls one of just four clubs without a point at the foot of the Championship and the manner of today’s second-half performance left much to be desired against a Hull side who had lost their opening two matches.
After a low-key opening half-hour, Wednesday took the lead on 35 minutes when Callum Paterson’s quick free kick found Dominic Iorfa and his cross from the right was turned in at the near post by Juan Delgado.
We had a let-off at the other end soon afterwards when a ball into the box caused problems for the Owls defence but it bounced off Bambo Diaby, hit a post and went to safety.
However, the home side did draw level in added time at the end of the half, Lee Gregory was adjudged to have fouled Jacob Greaves in an aerial challenge in the box and Ozan Tufan fired home the penalty.
Hull had just two shots on target in the first half, with Wednesday registering only one of our own as we failed to keep possession time and again, but the hosts took charge of the second period with three goals inside a 25-minute period.
Just before the hour, Tufan wasn’t closed down 20 yards out and curled a cracker into top corner and he completed his hat-trick on 70 minutes, slotting home from just inside the box with Wednesday failing to close down on our left-hand side.
Worse followed on 84 minutes when a dreadful backpass from Michael Ihiekwe intended for keeper Vasquez went straight to Aaron Connolly and he tapped into an open goal.
Sub Michael Smith slotted home an excellent through ball from George Byers in added time but it was no more than a consolation in a punchless display that worringly showed no direction in terms of a pattern of play.
Vasquez, Iorfa, Ihiekwe, B. Diaby, Famewo, Paterson, Delgado (Fletcher 72), Bannan (Vaulks 46) Bakinson (Byers 62), Windass (Musaba 62), Gregory (Smith 62). Unused subs: Dawson, Palmer, Bernard, Valentin.