Game of two halves as Owls have wings clipped

Last updated : 06 February 2021 By C. Morris

Wednesday well beaten in London

Sheffield Wednesday could not build on a bright start in the capital on Saturday afternoon as they collapsed to a 4-1 defeat at Millwall.

Having won two games in a row Neil Thompson’s Owls started well and could already have been in front when Callum Paterson gave them the lead at the second attempt from close range after he saw his initial shot blocked following a good break and cut back by Elias Kachunga in the 10th minute.

Wednesday were largely untroubled for most of the first half but a needless foul by Joey Pelupessy on Leonard gave the home side a penalty 6 minutes before the break and Zahore made no mistake from the spot.

The second half saw a complete reversal of the pattern of play as the visitors struggled to make any impression. Keiren Westwood kept the Owls in the game early in the second half with three fine saves but he couldn’t keep out Malone’s volley which gave the hosts the lead on 68 minutes. Within a minute the result was effectively sealed when Thompson’s misdirected cross from the right found its way past Westwood to make it 3-1. A bad afternoon for the Owls was made worse in the final minute when Bradshaw flicked in Romeo’s shot to make it 4-1.

Having been much the better side for the first 30 minutes it is difficult to comprehend the second half collapse, the performance in the last hour can perhaps be summed up by the fact that Westwood conceded 4 goals but was arguably Wednesday’s man of the match.

The result leaves the Owls in 23rd place in the Championship and they face bottom of the Table Wycombe Wanderers at home on Tuesday evening.